‘Ripple: A Wearable Environment’ is an experimental large-scale textile installation by Deanna Armenti that explores subspace. Within the kink community, “subspace” has been explained as a meditative, dream-like state that feels like floating in water which is experienced when engaging in BDSM scenes. However, since most submissives experience subspace in a multitude of ways, the liminal temporality of subspace has remained a vague and generalized phenomenon. Experimental practice-based research techniques are utilized to dive deeper into subspace by exploring the flow of subspace and fetish items as talismanic sacred objects through an embodied lens.
‘Ripple’ pushes against the misconceptions of the queer, kink experience by redefining not only fetish fashion, but also what sexy is and can be. Throughout the project, the use of unconventional colour palettes, loose knit and free form crochet creates an “anti-aesthetic” to the well-known styles found in fetish fashion. The intention is not to make queer kink and fetish fashion more palatable, but rather to create an embodied wearable that speaks more genuinely to the emotional and internal experience of submissive kinksters.
‘Ripple’ is one of 12+ projects at STACKT Market for the 2024 DesignTO Festival. Celebrate these projects with a free, site-wide party on Sat, Jan 20 from 6-10:30pm. Visit ‘Design Collection Opening Party @ STACKT’ to learn more.