Cerebral Designs | Conscious Crafting
KAYA MOVEMENT was born out of my emancipation from the establishment. I wanted to create a movement that redefined consumerism and conformity through creative expression and meaningful craft.
Emerging from this was a deeply personal collection of dark alternative wear, fearlessly crafted, beautifully complex, and passionately engineered. Designed to provoke and stimulate, my creations come from the depths of the natural and alien world, where strange and beautiful things lay buried. Creatures of bold aesthetics and sensual forms, pulsating in their authenticity.
My aesthetics are influenced by biomechanics, post-apocalyptic & dystopian fiction, tribalism, fractal patterns, and sacred imagery. As a cross-discipline designer, I blend principles and techniques from the fields of jewelry, leather and clothing to form complex pieces. Merging past and future in my process, I apply 3D design & printing, Illustrator, lost wax casting, wax carving and hand-tailoring. Working side by side with tailors for weeks, I am constantly refining each piece with the patience of a parent.
Sustainability - Slow and Meaningful
As a small-scale designer, I am committed to the slow fashion and fair trade movement. My collections are ethically produced in limited quantities once a year, in a slow and meaningful process, with some pieces made to order. This ensures there is never a surplus or waste issue and resources are used sparingly to produce each collection.
Working with local craftsmen and locally-made materials allows me to give back in a cyclical way to the community which has always supported me. I work one-on-one with tailors who are paid above average and work in the comfort of their own homes. Close working kinships are a vital part of my process, having spent many years searching for the right ‘bond’.
I have a low waste policy which focuses on collecting material scraps leftover from previous productions and repurposing them in newer designs. By choosing quality materials and working on each piece with careful attention, I aim to prolong the life of my pieces.
A synergy of fractal patterns and biomechanical structures. Using 3D printing technology and lost wax casting to form remarkably intricate designs. Nothing goes to waste as leftover scraps are repurposed in new designs.
Complex silhouettes, primal textures and protruding alien forms give the impression of creatures living under its skin. A mix of refined leather and recycled leather are hand-stitched and punctuated with custom-design metal components.
A collaboration with Fia Eng to push the boundaries of creative engineering. This is an exploration in fabric manipulation, sculptural textures and multi-dimensional construction. Complex but ethereal, every piece is a contemplation on cerebral and corporal beauty - premeditated, loved, and surrendered to the wearer.