Massey University, New Zealand

Kimberley Franklin

I am Human

The body is the mode in which we live. However, due to over-arching systems of patriarchy, as a young woman Kimberley’s existence in her body is challenged.

Her collection ‘I am Human’ embodies the tension and constriction that come with this ‘feminine bodily experience’ in a survivalist manner.

Strong workwear designs are mixed with delicate embroidered cottons with soft colouring, becoming an extended layering of flesh that protects and hides the entire body. Elastic bands and white and black strappings contain and constrain the body. Accessorised hanging pocket pieces use gravity to distort the body to offer functional alternatives.