Inspired by Jules Verne sea demons, Bea Szenfeld's "Sur la Plage" collection includes 12 pieces handcrafted with cardboard. The idea of unconventional material constraints is a classic art school "test", as well as a typical (and somewhat tired) formula for competitive design reality shows. However, Szenfeld's garments do transcend the material and would surely win any Project Runway challenge.
Strictly for runway: these garments are not wearable or washable.
The compact cardboard is cut and fold into tiny architectural concoctions, which are assemble together by hand into incredible creations that leads your mind to Jules Vernes fictitious sea demons.
Among the rolling waves and inhabited islands appears also the mythological folklore of the seamen. It is a male dominated existence with water sprits and sea nymphs that fascinates and seduces the men and drags them into the deep seas and rivers. With this simple resources as paper Bea has created a beautiful and delicate collection of garments. Dreamlike textures and elaborately layers wisps, precise paper cuts and expressive forms. Everything is pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued by hand.