Day 1 (Monday)
How does one wear all their clothes at once? I have a whole hoard of t-shirts and I quickly realized if I tried to wear them traditionally that I would have a rough time. So I thought about a way to wear all of them without being suffocated.
I decided to weave them together to create a cape. Through wrapping and stringing them together by the end I was able to make a solid piece to drape over my shoulders.
And then I was hungry so I had some dinner (with assistance).
All the t-shirts together were 18lbs so of course I got a little crushed.
Day 2 (Tuesday)
The challenge was to create a pillow fort your childhood self would be proud of. Tiny problem, I was an avid fort builder as a kid and I never really stopped building them. As my roommate knows well, whenever I had an exam to study for I would build a fort to tone out distractions. Although it may fall on me or get destroyed before the test, I found them very helpful. That being said, as a child I always was looking to build a fort big enough for more than one person and that had interesting lights. So I set on a journey to build the biggest fort I could that would have nice lighting. Here is what I ended up with.
Inside the Fort
I tried getting different perspectives of the fort with my camera and it inspired so long exposure pictures.
My Fort Tour (watch muted for best viewing experience)
Day 4 (Wednesday)
I decided to make a mask and a suit to express the caution behind going outside. Or at least how scary it can be sometimes to leave the house even just for fresh air. I wanted to wear a plastic suit but since I do not own one I made one by hot gluing plastic bags together.
I also added a mask that I made out of card board and plastic gallon bottoms.
Here is the final look.
Day 4 (Friday)
Making a sculpture with clothes was a very personal experience. Clothes can have history and can become very sentimental objects. In this project I wanted to express that with the many leotards that I still have from gymnastics. When I quit the sport last year I gave a few of them to my young teammates, but because of their size many could not take them because of how big they are. This has left a handful of them to still remain hanging in my closet.
My leotards not only remind me of my time in gymnastics but the all the events that happened in my high school years. Leotards can be expensive and hard to find (especially comfortable ones for practice) so each time I received a new leotard it marked a new era in my life. For example, one leotard my coach gave the team when she quit for a new job marks the beginning of my sophomore year and a series of new coaches. Included in the leotards I have shirts I used for coaching or even just wearing after practice.
Since these pieces of clothing tell a story I decided to suspend them with yarn from different points on my ceiling. This way, each are connected and are able to take their own shape in the space similar to how the memories act in my mind. And just like memories each hang still in a place to be used to reflect and as inspiration.
How do we view memory? Can the memories be fond but still acknowledge the struggles you faced during different moments? I like to think with every bad event there is good and the times of hardship lead to times of happiness. So as I looked through my memories to display perspective and view of my emotions in my work. There is a calm in every chaos but how can we find and display both simultaneously? That was when I decided to explore lighting temperature in the work.
There are two ways to view memories; with specificity, delving into specific events or generally, by looking back on large spans of time without addressing them.
Day 5 (Saturday)
When I am in Alfred I constantly wear a blue beanie that has a hole in the center for my ponytail so I decided to research the origin of the beanie.
The beanie originated in the US in the early 20th century, as the word ‘bean’ was often used as slang for the word head. In the beginning, the beanie was sewn from wool which has been used to make garments since the 4th century B.C.E. However, the material now is often mixed with nylon and synthetics. In addition, brimmed beanies were very popular with blue collar workers because of their warmth and ability to shade the eyes. They were worn by college freshmen in the 1950’s but the trend quickly faded and afterwards they were mostly worn as a necessity. However, in the 1990’s the hat became very popular in colleges as it could be used to express oneself with logos and colors. Ever since then beanies have been vast in style and are commonly found as a part of modern fashion.
Day 6 (Sunday)
Portrait day! This is my recreation of a photograph portrait taken in 1910. Mostly because it had a dog! I had to figure out how to replicate the outfit to the best of my ability and with some help I was able to create a semi-functional outfit.
Photographer- My bother
Dog Wrangler- My mom
Sitter- Helen Clay Frick, 2 Sep 1888 – Nov 1984
Artist- Henry Havelock Pierce, 1864 – 1943
(Not noted whether a dog wrangler was necessary. Oh, to have a dog that supports your art.)