If I Had Wings – Zaven (Italy)
A squirrel gliding from tree to tree; airplanes vaulting through the sky; an astronaut suspended against the vastness of space. In their contribution to Knit!, the Venice-based design practice Zaven drew on imagery that captures the allure of flight. If I Had Wings is a series of utopian flight suits which take advantage of the dynamic stretching properties offered by knitted textiles, as well as their versatility in easily adapting to different bodies and interactions. Formed from a panoply of Kvadrat Febrik’s Uniform Melange, Drop, Triangle, Plecto, Sprinkles, Mosaic 2 and Razzle Dazzle textiles, Zaven’s project explores an imagined role for knits in mediating interactions between the body and gravity.