Ken Boonsong Thaodee
‘ROSE GARDEN – CAR PARK’
Tell us more about your collection!
I started out with the inspiring phrase: “By All Means”, because I think it’s applicable to many different things, especially to myself and this collection. The past year I started wondering about the actual value of a garment. The things we make in class cost a lot of time, work and money, but at the end of the year, when everything is finished, everything you make just ends up hanging in a closet at home. Only for a very short period of time, we attach a certain meaning to those pieces. I wondered: what if clothing was less strong and durable, what if clothing was more fragile? How would that affect my approach? I used cardboard and paper in my collection, which are ephemeral materials. It gets damaged, creased or changes shape very quickly and after a while, these materials also start to decay. Is the value of an item of clothing based on the materials it’s made of? Can I attach my own value to it if it’s made from something cheaper? Also, if something doesn’t last for a long period of time and it’s a temporary pleasure is it possible you might cherish it more?
It is comforting to know that support can be found anywhere, at any time and with anyone. A chance to grow, to be patient, to stay gentle, calm and kind. From all the way there and then, to here and now. I needed you all.
Big hug. I am truly humbled. Thank you all and wish me luck.