Vanessa Rueda: TURI

This project focuses on a research on the Guambiano indigenous culture in Colombia and combines ethnography, art and design.
Moved by the political situation in my country after fifty years of war, I went to Silvia in the department of Cauca, where the Guambiano community is decidedly settled after being greatly affected by war events. Based on previous projects, I developed some pieces that are a statement and a beginning of a new future business model.
The goal is to make a statement about role equality and create tools in the context of cloth making which aim at easing equal labor distribution.
Design: Vanessa Rueda
Photography: Marco Bertani
Model: Sam Nyqvist
Vanessa Rueda: TURI

Vanessa Rueda: Frugalis

“we stop in that little town
we danced on the street
we sweat the whole night
it was sunny, it was shine
we smelled like lavender”
bright pink, loosely sweet
flowers can be dangerous and healing
breathing seeds songs
I wanted to touch broken glasses
just to restart for a minute”
This hat collection celebrates color and its roots in various cultures. Embraces time honored artisanal techniques with urban sensibility combining elements inspired on ancient traditions and urban culture.
Design & Texts: Vanessa Rueda
Photographer: Catalina Kulczar
Model: Carmen Heuvelmans
(a millinery project for Annalisa Limonta)
Vanessa Rueda: Frugalis

Walking Underground: “From Foot to Head” @ Galleria Artepassante, Fuorisalone, Milano

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By Anna Battista published on:

It may be easy to spot a design piece in a window shop or in the streets during Milan Design Week, but visitors should remember that not everything is above the ground. Fashion fans with an interest in design should indeed direct their steps to the underground entrance of Viale Tunisia/Corso Buenos Aires and have a look at the display inside the Galleria Artepassante. Every year this underground art space is indeed joyfully occupied by “From Foot to Head”, an annual event celebrating the MA Fashion and Textile Design students at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (NABA). Curated by by NABA lecturer (and former fashion designer) Cinzia Ruggeri, and Luca Belotti, academic assistant, the annual exhibition encourages students to leave a trace, a sign or a message inside a public space. This year Ruggeri and the other co-ordinators encouraged the students to go beyond their personality and meet their alter ego, constructing a new identity in four phases or stages focusing on footprints, shoes, garments and accessories. While students were given carte blanche in their choices of themes and inspirations, one basic rule remained – all the pieces had to be hand-made to rediscover maybe the importance of the craft aspect in a city that in the last few days has been suspended between traditional crafts and industrial creations. This explains the wide range of materials – going from natural ones like wool, jute or hemp (used for dresses and coats covered in three-dimensional elements), to artificial plastics in see-through colours or in garish shades, at times re-purposed maybe from a shower curtain. Some students actually tackled the theme of recycling, applying it to fabrics and textiles (maybe interpreting the footprint theme from an eco-friendly point of view), but also employed the slogan “No waste” to remind people not to waste their words and to think before they speak (or before they leave comments on social media and other assorted outlets…). Quite a few students seemed to tackle political themes: an ostrich hides its head in the underground floor; rope designs hint at simplicity, but also at constriction, imprisonment and suicide, while a dummy in a nude tulle dress covered in a pile of breasts lies on what may be an operating table, pointing at our collective obsession with beauty.  Each student came up with a symbolic face mask for the installation and, while masks are the easiest option to change your identity, in this case they look like anti-pollution or rave masks.  So maybe there is an extra layer of meaning in this year’s display: who knows, these young creative minds may be protecting themselves from the air polluted by all those dark forces threatening world peace and unity (NABA students come from all over the world after all), or maybe the masks represent ways to intoxicate themselves, like masked ravers lining their masks with Vicks VapoRub. In a nutshell, there’s food for thought here for all the passers-by willing to maybe miss their train and arrive a bit later to their final destination.  Architecturally speaking the project remains interesting because Artepassante is a public space curated by a group of creatives linked with the art and culture worlds hoping to bring their message of beauty to all sorts of people, especially those ones who do not like museum environments.

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Karvishi Anil Agarwal, Tugce Asik, Francesca Azzoni, Sherry Hemant Batra, Chiara Bernini, Emilio José Bonadio, Arianna Bonifazi, Francesca Bucciarelli, Elena Cedrone, Gaoming Chen, Annunziata Cirillo, Shreya Chhabra, Melisa Cilli, Zeenia Percy Dalal, Chiara Del Giudice, Hafiz Nouman Ali Fareed, Bao Fengxue, Cinzia Galia, Narjes Ghorbani, Mitsy Diana Giorgana Romero, Jessica Gridella, Muxin Han, Can Hei, Guo Huimei, Payal Kale, Niyati Khetwal, Hengrui Na, Ananthabartti Ramaswamy, Liuhui Ren, Al Khansa Shalilhah, Annabeth Van Rooijen, He Yan, Shun Qiyan, Liu Ren, Shuying Yang, Yan Yuan, Matilde Zani, Yujing Zhang.

Photos by Michele Temporin and Amin Zarif

Walking Underground: “From Foot to Head” @ Galleria Artepassante, Fuorisalone, Milano

DEEP INSIDE: A journey through a tormented human soul.

The project started analyzing one of the last Guglielmo del Toro’s movie Crimson peak. As a group we decided to focus on  the most interesting character to us: the baronet Thomas Sharp. His double face attitude and his contrasting feelings for the female protagonist of the story and for his sister inspired us to make a cape and a dress both reflecting the behaviour of the baronet.
The Cape has two sides: the outer side reflects the baronet elegant and respectable aspects shown at the beginning of the movie, the inner side reflects the darkest side of the baronet; referring to his life spent in tricking women and hiding terrible secrets.
The dress is linked to his pleasant feelings. A romantic piece containing two kind of love: one is in the body: a creepy and an obsessive love, the one for her sister which torments and consumes his soul.
The skirt represents the new: a pure and powerful feeling for the female protagonist that makes him eager to start a new life far away from the faults of the past.
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(Jessica Gridella, Gaoming Chen, Guo Huimei, Ananthabhartti Ramaswamy, Melisa cilli, Hei Can, Fareed Ali Nouman Hafiz, Ren Liuhui: an art direction project for Stefania Seoni)
DEEP INSIDE: A journey through a tormented human soul.