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Interview with Jenna Larose

By Charlotte Routhier

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. Coco Chanel

Jenna Larose, iPray Photoshoot, 2013

Jenna Larose, Glitch, 2013

After getting to know Jenna Larose, I was reminded of Coco Chanel’s clever words. Larose is entering her fourth and final year at Concordia University with a major in Fiber and Materials practices and a minor in Art History. She is a passionate individual who loves to experiment. 

Jenna Larose, iPray Photoshoot, 2013.
Jenna Larose, iPray Photoshoot, 2013. 

Larose creates wearable art and incorporated her painting talent in order to create interdisciplinary garments that are unique and expressive. She finds her inspiration from everything, from walking down the street to day dreaming, with her ah-ha moments happening right before going to sleep. Her current inspiration is how technology affects youth culture. Her creative process involves extensive research on various subjects influencing the youth, in academic journals and papers and the exploration of Pinterest and Tumblr to find visual inspiration. Her practice has greatly evolved since she began her diploma; her style has become more consistent since the exploration of the youth culture. Through her art history minor, she was also able to understand the intrinsic value of art; it is not only beautiful but also meaningful. This brought her to focus on making conceptual wearable art pieces. 

 Jenna Larose, Glitch, 2013.
Jenna Larose, Glitch, 2013. 

Her current project is strongly focused on her Fibers Grad Show which will be exposed in April 2015. She is currently creating two wearable art pieces, one male, and one female. Her theme is the identification of the disruption between virtual and organic identities that is to say who we are versus how we are perceived or wish to be perceived online. In world dominated by Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the selfie has become a common hashtag, and was even named 2013’s word of the year by Oxford Dictionary. [1] In order to reproduce the selfie phenomenon, Larose has used pictures that have been sent to her and added glitches in order for them to be unidentifiable and become a new image, which she will be printing on the fabric for the garments. The wearer becomes caught between a virtual and actual space. Furthermore, another important project she is undertaking is depicting the impact of technology on bodily experiences through painting. 

If you would like to learn more about Jenna and her work please feel free to visit her website and don’t be shy to send her your selfies for her project at jennala@sympatico.ca! 


[1] BBC News UK. “’Selfie’ named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013”. Accessed November 12, 2014.http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-24992393

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