Existing playfully between the realms of sculpture and product design, the works of American designer Ashley Scott portrays the natural world through a futuristic lens.
ASHLEY SCOTT | LARGE DAISY ICEBAG
Raised in Chicago, Scott recently moved to Berlin to immerse herself in the creative scene there. She cites French painter, Erté, and Thierry Mugler as inspiration whilst growing up. Merged with her fine art background, Scott’s work has an elegant sensibility alike to Erté that exudes power and a sculptural quality representative of Mugler’s works.
ASHLEY SCOTT | ICEBAG
When asked about her creative outlook, Scott states;
“Create what you love! I only create pieces that I actually would wear myself.”
This allows the designer to become one in mind with her potential customers – an important process in seeing your work from an outside perspective.
Drapes by Ashley Scott focuses on creativity and futurism. Finding enjoyment in working with unique materials, the designer and maker experiments and develops her own techniques such as the melting of acrylic glass into liquid. The unique array of pieces can stand alone as sculptural displays as well as wearable art – a unique aspect that is “built to decorate your entire life.” (Scott, 2016)
ASHLEY SCOTT | ICE BAGS | THE TRANSITION EXHIBITION
The brand currently has two ongoing projects; 7 Deadly Sins Series and Ice Bags. For Ice Bags, Scott was inspired by the transitioning of water to ice and formed a method in mimicking the characteristics of this transition. She incorporated liquid latex and acetates of different colours to her process, giving the collection a post-modernist aesthetic.
The Seven Deadly Sins Series experiments with a variety of materials within its sub-categories, such as Drapes of Lust, Drapes of Wrath. Drapes of Sloth is where Scott first dipped acrylic glass sculptures in natural latex to convey a liquid presence, which later developed into the Ice Bags collection.
Speaking as a fan of handmade work, Scott comments that what truly connects the artist to the customer is the mutual love for all things well made;
“Anything manufactured loses its value and beauty once it’s copied over and over again.”
The process begins by playing and allowing for experimentation. This way, “the ideas always flow naturally” and the designer is able to achieve more personal work.
ASHLEY SCOTT | ICEBAGS
Ashley Scott will be debuting her new collection, Ang[e]les at Berlin Fashion Week on July 1st 2016 at the Aquabit Art Gallery. When asked how the designer would like people to feel when wearing her designs, she said:
“I want people to feel valiant and extraordinary when they wear my pieces.” Ashley Scott
Written by Sonia Wan
Edited by Christina WrightReferences
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