Locally harvested bamboo
Concrete masonry units (cmu)
Drawing from the intricacy of garment designs by world-renowned fashion designer, Rocky Gathcercole, the concept for this installation was to use simple methods to create complex forms.
Bamboo, a readily available material in Austin, where the show took place, was harvested and used to create four nested increasing in size modules that interlock to create a reciprocal structure. Each module is fastened with sisal rope clove hitch knots.
In order to provide height and frame the models as they entered the runway, the reciprocal structures were rotated 90 degrees and suspended from a concrete masonry unit foundation filled with gravel. Additional screening from bamboo branches was provided.
The volunteer based collaboration entailed concept design, client approval, site surveys, material sourcing, fabrication, transportation, installation, set-design/coordination of lighting, projectors, and staging equipment, in addition to communication with key project players, including the fashion show director, fashion designer, hotel security, and management.