“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. […] His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes.” - The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka, 1915).
Insectified is a collection exploring the imagined metamorphosis of humans into insects. Taking inspiration, form and color from nature, each piece indulges our curiosity and takes us through Gregor Samsa’s unnerving journey as a foreign body in a once familiar world. The story investigates themes of identity, alienation and disownment as well as physiognomy, brutality and survival. Although Samsa eventually passes away in guilt and despair it is his fight and the idea of escapism that resonates.
The collection is constructed using a select choice of textured fabrics including crisp gazar, woven muslin, fine tulle and tactile wool. These combine in various ways to demonstrate a simultaneous vulnerability and fortification. Symmetrical cuts mimic nature’s untouched perfection and soft cocooning shapes protect the body. A neutral and earthy palette of tones contrasts with fantastical pigments of yellow ochre, teal and pale mint. Collaborations include print designs by Karen Klink, a young Lebanese artist.
Photography by: Daniel Abdel Sater