Urban Armor #2: The Personal Space Dress
A dress with two proximity sensors and a plastic armature that allows the dress to expand when a person comes too close to the wearer. The dress is the second in a series of wearable electronics for women, playful pieces that help women assert control over their personal/public space.
"Urban Armor is a series of playful electronic wearables for women. The series arose partly out of my concern over the persistence of ideologies asserted at women in public space through advertising, architecture and socially normative behavior. I began to look for ways women could take more ownership over their personal space in public.At the same time, I noticed trends in wearable technology seeming to target mostly wealthy, young, professionals, and focusing on functions such as data collection and social networking. I wanted to explore how wearable technology could impact a person's physical world, and help the wearers augment their personal expression and agency in public space."
Kathleen McDermott, designer of Urban armor'The personal space dress'
Kathleen McDermott received her BFA in Sculpture from Cornell University in 2009. When not pursuing personal projects, Kathleen has worked as a freelance fabricator for various artists, galleries, and film productions. She recently relocated to Hong Kong where she is pursuing a Masters in Fine Art in Creative Media, at City University of Hong Kong.
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