DEBORA DAX

debora@deboradax.com
+31(0)61 848 40 90

Jerusalem Design Week, 7-14.06.2018 / Jerusalem, IL
The body is inspiration and origin in the work of Debora Dax. The designer (Design Academy Eindhoven, NL) examines individual needs, social bonds and collective behaviours which are socially cultivated but individually experienced through the body. Her concepts aim to improve self-esteem, strengthen bonding and enhance bodily sensations of individuals as well as social groups.

Debora Dax's work enables discussions on societal expectations on body norms and provides alternative perspectives on identity expressions. She has been invited by various educational, interdisciplinary and cultural institutions such as Delft Institute of Positive Design, PechaKucha or Art of Management and Organization Conference to share her approach. Her projects were featured by Dezeen and Het Parool as well as exhibited during Dutch Design Week, FASHIONCLASH, TranScreen film festival or Salone del Mobile.Milano.

6 OBJECTS - Projecting Identity Expressions (Trailer)

The artistic documentary (10min) gives the audience insight into the experiences, wishes and needs of people who consciously express their identity and enables questions about how we experience, judge or define identity.
Cast / Alice Olsthoorn, Dionisis Argyropoulos-Ioannou (Dynno Dada), Lilia Scheerder (Antoine Panaché), Jeanine Eindhoven, Rover Valentijn, Sean-Claude Neufville and Debora Dax Producer / Jella Lena van Eck Director of Photography / Chris Rijksen Edit / Jella Lena van Eck Location Sound Recordist / Sebastian Iglesias Sound Designer / Sebastian Iglesias Music / Aki Spadaro Special thanks / Sylvia and Maik Supported by / Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK)
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6 OBJECTS - Projecting Identity Expressions (6 Teasers)

Synopsis: Six people with various backgrounds talk about their identity using the most meaningful object for their transformation and/or gender expression. The characters do not come into view, but express their identity through this object by means of another's body. The artistic documentary (10min) offers the audience a different perspective on identity.
Cast / Alice Olsthoorn, Dionisis Argyropoulos-Ioannou (Dynno Dada), Lilia Scheerder (Antoine Panaché), Jeanine Eindhoven, Rover Valentijn, Sean-Claude Neufville and Debora Dax Producer / Jella Lena van Eck Director of Photography / Chris Rijksen Edit / Jella Lena van Eck Location Sound Recordist / Sebastian Iglesias Sound Designer / Sebastian Iglesias Music / Aki Spadaro Special thanks / Sylvia and Maik Supported by / Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK)
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A DDRESS transition

This clothing collection is made for persons born in a male body who like to express their feminine side. Finding and fitting woman's clothing can often end up as a disillusion for them: The shoulders are too tight, the sleeves too short and often the hips are too wide. Small adjustments in forms and measurements help them to minimize masculien body characteristics and to emphasize the feminine appearance without feeling restricted in their given figure.
Concept, Design, Art Direction / Debora Dax (Design Academy Eindhoven, Man and Communication, January 2016) Photography / Davy de Lepper Make up / Soraya Akkerman Models / Femke Korving, Laura van de Berg, Melanie Taverne, Nicky de Boer, Sandra Beers, Sylvia van de Berge
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InConTextUre

Pubic hair, cellulite or wrinkles are body textures which many women try to avoid and hide. To reflect and question the female body esthetic those garments show the variety and diversity of interesting surfaces (dry skin, stubbles and cellulite), delicate ornaments (wrinkles, love handles and beer belly) and beautiful color ranges (bruises, stretch marks and public hair). When will those appearances - that change with time - be seen as body decorations?
Concept and Design / Debora Dax (Design Academy Eindhoven, Man and Communication, January 2014) Photography / Jose Pasmans Models / Cleo Kerkhof and Hannah Hurtz
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UNLIMITED RECIPROCITY -
items for shared twoness

People often wear clothes from their partner or friends what gives them a feeling of comfort and belonging. In many cases this offer-and-receive-act is not a mutual favor due to practical matters such as various body types. By adapting the designs, this series surpasses the physical differences between two people and enhances reciprocity, an never ending gesture to manifest affection. While referring to precious metals, Debora Dax aims to underlay and indicate the value of shared intimacy by wearing those items.
Concept, Design, Art Direction / Debora Dax (Design Academy Eindhoven, Man and Communication, January 2016) Camera and Editing / Anastasija Pirozenko Cast / Japheth Fenton, Maria Metsalu, Nanke Cui, Oliver Rutte, Robbert Sikking and Rodolfo Miranda