Pseudomorphs is a system that lets dresses paint themselves. Following Intimacy, Dutch haute-tech designer Anouk Wipprecht continues her work on the theme of transformation, this time using the sensual properties of moving liquids.
A Pseudomorph dress, when in the making, consists of two parts. The first, a fashionable virginal white dress made of thick felt. The second, an electronic accessory made from repurposed medical equipment, custom designed electronics and a sculpted neck brace. When the two are put together the tubes, which are led to the top of the dress, are filled with an ink which trickles down the dress finding it's way by pure chance, and so in the process creating a unique piece every time.
Anouk describes her system as a factory that will produce her series of dresses. She turns the expectations of handmade-unique, factorymade-identical upside down by sewing her dresses to be identical fluid displays and letting the technology execute the part that makes it unique. In this process she makes the technology co-creator of her work.
The pseudomorphs neckpiece is controlled through a pressure and control system with pneumatic control valves that allow the ink to be pumped through the tubes and into the design. The electronics are powered by a single 9 Volt battery.
Pseudomorphs was developed with Piem Wirtz and Simon de Bakker at the V2_Lab as part of the V2_ Summer Sessions 2010. Anouk has presented Pseudomorphs at V2_'s Test_Lab at ISEA Dortmund and Rotterdam and at Anouk's fashion show during Vienna Fashion week.