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Tiago Valente x Vice Magazine

Fashion / Wearable Sculpture / Social / Innovation 

In 2013, Tiago Valente was struck with a bout of Facial Dystonia, a condition that causes the muscles in the face to spasm painfully, and involuntarily pull into uncomfortable and jarring positions.

Immediately after being diagnosed, Tiago ~ still in shock by the chronic nature of his diagnosis ~ decided to sit in front of the mirror in his studio, analizing his own tremors in great detail, then extrapolating them mathematically into models that were later built into complex headpieces made of wood, sequins, beads, mirror, and other materials.

Vice Magazine found out about the project and  reached out for a feature on Tiago's creative process at that time and when he explained what he was going through, they decided to follow his journey.

You can read the full article here

The project is named, simply, Dystonia. This was the key for Tiago to understand the physical manifestation of those spasms: To understand them as explosions and attempt to freeze them in the space, to exert some sort of feeling , or even illusion, of control.

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