Fangai Yan


Class of: 2027

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Plywood

Faculty: Carolyn Salas

Prompt: To create an extension of the human body using wood notching and slotting with a thematic focus on connection / disconnection.

This headpiece, crafted from wood using techniques such as notching and slotting, embodies a exploration of form. It features a spine that encircles the head and neck, adorned with bones and spikes. The genesis of this work lies in the age-old human fascination with the anatomical marvels found in the animal kingdom—an enduring source of inspiration that has driven us to enhance our own physical capabilities.

Imagine a world where we are naturally endowed with the raw power and physical prowess of the creatures we’ve long admired and learned from. In this context, the design of this headpiece draws direct inspiration from the lionfish, specifically the enigmatic, venomous spikes that scares off potential predators. It begs the question: can this headpiece, when worn, similarly ward off danger and invoke a sense of empowerment in its bearer?