An ephemeral wind sculpture

Last year New Order of Fashion embarked on a creative journey with sail manufacturer Dimension-Polyant. Considering that over 8 million square meters of sailcloth is produced each year, and recycling and reuse of materials is estimated to be less than 10%, sustainable design solutions are a top focus!

During DDW a group of NOoF 2021 Talents, including Stina Randestad, Jeppe Juel Rishoj , Riun Jo and Iines Jakovlev, built upon NOoF Artistic Research mentor Pauline van Dongen’s material research and worked to show the future potential of this material in different forms.

NOof Talent Riun Jo has continued working with the material, as it is a beautiful extension to her graduation work, where she meticulously copied and remade the contents of her bedroom from mulberry paper. The sailcloth adds another quality to her repertoire of re-creating objects in poetic, muted, mono-material forms. 

Her new work My Bed is the first results of her research. 

The nature of sailcloth means the wind sculpture My Bed is ephemeral, and almost nostalgic in quality – requiring strong wind to push at the sides of the featherweight form to give it life, or asking activators to run and play with the sculpture with the child-like glee of flying a kite. However, just as quickly as the form shows itself, it disappears into an unrecognisable heap.

Designer Riun Jo relates this notion of ephemeral objects to her connection with material objects in her own home. Hailing from Korea and a transient visitor in The Netherlands, the bed represents a space of warmth and safety for her, but she also understands this object is equally replaceable and too, can appear and disappear.

As a temporary visitor in a place, in the age of cross-continental living, Ruin’s work is perhaps a greater comment on society’s unsustainable reliance on material objects for a sense of belonging. After all, we are told material objects make a home; but what inconsistent forces actually underpin this lived experience?