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Jessica Soter17, BFA, Fashion Design
Elyria | 2017, Fashion Design

Elyria is an observation of beetles and the emotional walls people build. I am inspired by the style lines and textures of the shells of the beetles, but I am most drawn to the their 2 sets of wings: the external set which is hard and protective of the under layer, which is soft and allows the beetle to fly. In my designs, I relay this hard and soft quality through contrasting materials and textures. The hard exterior of the beetle symbolizes the emotional wall, and the softness that lies underneath is the raw unfiltered emotion of a human being.