Giant inflatable cobblestones designed by Electric Collective are used as a tool in protests, gaining attention through scale and symbolic meaning.The symbol of the cobblestone references protesters throwing stones at police. Online you can read multiple news reports documenting the reaction of police to this uncontrollable object. However, is the real spectacle the oversized object, or is it the reaction by the authorities; struggling to compose themselves as they rip apart an inflatable?
The Disobedient Ring challenges you to take control and assert power over the object; yet in doing so, the control is returned to the ring. To keep the ring in place, the wearer must also remain in one position.
An inflatable cobblestone was featured in the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A London.
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With this piece I wanted to draw attention to our distorted view on what "natural" leather is. What we buy as consumers is a material that has been chemically treated. The natural imperfections of the skin are removed, the leather is 'corrected', this feeds into our misguided view of perfection as a natural quality .
I took inspiration from the Samburu tribe; known as the warrior herdsmen, they place their cattle at the centre of their community, taking what they need from the land and cattle and nothing more.
The thread pulls the leather headpiece, distorting its shape and what the wearer sees.