Cruises are long trips through borders expanded by seas and oceans. These recreative trips use oversized boats and are attractive for a lot of travelers, contrasting with the flow of migrants who risk their lives trying to cross them.
French beaches have been very marked during these two last years by migrants who have tried to cross the Mediterranean sea. During this time the number of people who bought life jackets in strategic exil points have doubled. The production of fake life jackets have caused migrants to die, searching for a new life, a new beginning.
Life Jacket is a work made by up-cycling plastic. It’s composed of one piece of orange plastic with two cellophane braids.This work changes the aestheticism and design of trash, i.e. useless junk found on streets, and is at the crossing between raw, obsolete material and the fashion industry. This project is linked with the current topic of migrations.
The inflatable part in the backside is inspired by contemporary life jackets which keep the user facing up to the sky, in case one faints. However, the air is just a source of beauty, giving height and volume but the safety is an illusion. The back deflates with time and goes back to its original form, an unsightly vulgar form