photo by Camilla Winther
TWO SIDES OF ONE
The "Two Sides of One" project takes its inspiration from upcoming singer Ida Kudo, who works as both a muse and collaborator. The theme of the project derives from the contradictions and layers within Kudo as a person - a half Japanese and half Danish woman, often playing with contrasts such as femininity/masculinity, being extrovert and introvert, colorful yet monotone and fighting your inner self. The title is taken from Kudo's song "Killer", as she sings "You and me we are two sides of one blade". “Killer” is about a samurai-themed battle against her own darker side.
Besides using Kudo as an inspirational persona, the project explores the contrasts between Japanese and Danish cultural heritage. The material choices are Danish waste wool – a bi-product from the meat industry – and discarded video tape, originally produced in Japan. Both are mixed with end-of-roll chiffon and organza from a local fabric shop that has been closed down for years. The garments are made with two different approaches to zero-waste pattern construction; one is developed from the Danish Bronze Age shirt and the other is developed from a kimono pattern. One is black, one is white. And one tries to hide something playful underneath.