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Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 Silent voice | 300×240×45cm | used white clothes

 

Japanese artist Naoko Yoshimoto began her career studying psychology at the University of Kyoto but moved gradually after it more into art. Her main medium are clothing and textiles. She creates very interesting and strong conceptual sculptures and installations made from garments like for example dresses, tops and trousers.

In the early days as she began collecting these clothes she saw them a bit as symbols of the people living in the places where she met the clothes. She imagined the histories behind them. Touching these used garments, gave her the idea she gained a feeling for the memories of these people and their everyday lives which the garments used to touch, a feeling that could not be communicated by words. But after while this gave her an uneasy feeling as she realized that she could imagine the people and the everyday life of the place she visited, but that she could not directly touch them. There was a feeling of distance and uncertainties. These thoughts had great influence of her current work and made sure she shifted even more towards a conceptual approach in her work.

In some of her current works like for example ” silent voice”, “shadow portrait” or “history behind clothes” she removes the colour of garments by bleaching or uses white coloured garments and compresses and condenses these “white shaded” clothes and transforms them into building blocks for her conceptual sculptures. These works depict conventional as well as more abstract objects and give an interesting social commentary which is created by the medium and its carrier.

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 White coffin | 205×85×65cm | used white shirts

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 White coffin detail | 205×85×65cm | used white shirts

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 Shadow portrait | 40×640×12cm | used white clothes

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 White coffin | 205×85×65cm | used white shirts

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

Shadow portrait | 40×640×12cm | used white clothes

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 White coffin | 150×130×180cm | used white shirts

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 River of oblivion detail | bleached clothes

Warmenhoven & Venderbos | designer fashion blog | Naoko Yoshimoto | clothing sculptures

 River of oblivion | bleached clothes

 

Photos Naoko Yoshimoto | conceptual clothing sculptures

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