Dear Shaded Viewers,
Last weekend I was on the jury for the 4th and 5th year design students at La Cambre. I along with the majority of jury members was quite impressed by the work of Zoe Vermeire. I loved her idea of chickens and Queens and was very impressed by her volumes and the complicated purity of her patterns.
DP: Let's talk about your theme: Queens/Chickens and how you design to make women feel more empowered and dignified?
ZV: I found a strong similarity in the way that 'Queens' in old paintings were represented and the way 'Tamara Staples' captures some beautiful chickens in photos. It fascinated me. I love the exuberance of embroideries on these royal garments and the overwhelming palaces. But more than that it was the feeling that I wanted to translate through my work: dignity, stateliness, fragility. In the end I go back to something both sober and pure.
DP: How do you work with the patterns and do you make them all yourself?
ZV: Yes, I make all the patterns myself. It