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  • Mirror Mirror

    EADO (Ellie ABRONS) & SIFT (Adam FURE), "Mirror Mirror." Exterior.
    ann arbor MICHIGAN

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    EADO (Ellie ABRONS) & SIFT (Adam FURE): The visual encounter is a defining experience for both fashion and architecture. Whether it is the longing gaze upon an object of desire or the perfect view, seeing is an essential act for both fields and their audiences. When the two come together, however, conventional divisions too often prevail as architecture assumes its position as the background for fashion (consider storefront windows or runway shows).

    Mirror Mirror, a finalist in the recent BOFFO Building Fashion’s Linda Farrow competition, thinks fashion and architecture together, as one cohesive environment. It posits fusion through profusion . . . of vision, image, and reflection.

    Mirror Mirror is like a geode. Even with multiple sightings, geodes always amaze their onlookers as no one ever expects to find such a colorful core inside such an ordinary rock. Like the geode, Mirror Mirror saves its bedazzlement for its inside, hiding beneath a dark, outer crust of repurposed foam pieces, stuck together and painted black. Stepping inside, one encounters an angular array of taut, mirrored surfaces that infinitely reflect the interior. Suspended throughout are large opalescent objects, meteor-like in appearance, but shinier, as if covered in glittering space dust. The rocks’ crusts are mostly coarse yet sporadically smooth, as baroque-inspired masks appear to present the Linda Farrow collection.

    The mirrors, some opaque and some translucent, line the interior walls and fold out to create cascading reflections and a captivating ambiguity between what is real and what is illusion. The floating “rocks” and the eyewear they display are sometimes present in the central space and sometimes concealed behind translucent walls. Thus, one’s experience is marked by simultaneous satisfaction and intensified desire—the pleasure of wearing luxurious eyewear and the tension that arises from objects withheld behind glass or present only as a reflected trace. What is commonly a singular, personal act of vision—seeing yourself in the mirror—becomes a collective performance of bodies and objects dancing around each other in a kaleidoscope of vivid imagery, a visual field of illusion and enticement with Linda Farrow at its center.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    EADO & SIFT: Bonnie Collura, meteors, lava, Baroque carnivals, and Renaissance geometry.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    EADO & SIFT: Listening to: CHVRCHES, Phosphourescent, HAIM. Watching Boardwalk Empire.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    EADO & SIFT: Possible Mediums contributors.

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