Body Image in the Family Unit:
When I first started this project I was having a hard time picking a narrowed topic. below is my initial project proposal:
I will be researching the way words both verbally and digitally effects the way somebody views their body. I will also be looking into the way this can change what they believe the “desired body” is. I believe the media plays a huge role in the way body shaming is normalized. I also believe that the way we talk about weight and body size/ shapes is a problem and needs to change. Fat, skinny, curve, short, tall; non of these should be “bad words”. For my Studio portion of this project I am creating a denim jacket. Using laser cutting I will create images and “draw” tweets, comments or quotes onto the fabric that have to do with body shaming. I think showing harmful words being worn on a person has a stronger impact than seeing them printed on a magazine or commented on social media. When the words are seen on a living person that become more real. With this project I want to bring awareness to the way words linger longer than just in the moment they are said.
I knew that I wanted to focus on body image as I had been investigating the topic all semester. After realizing how big my previous proposal was, I decided to think about what factors in my life have played the biggest role in creating my body image. I decided that family has I powerful impact on a persons body image. I wanted to investigate this further and look into how and why this is the case.
Final design proposal:
I believe that if people were more educated on the way their words and actions, as they pertain to body image, effected those within the family, particularly children, harmful dialog that leads to eating disorders and body image issues could be avoided. I will discus different ways that family can affect body image and research alternative ways to answer and treat tricky situations revolving around the topic. I want to spread awareness and start a conversation on this topic by designing a shirt that can be worn in public, catch peoples eye, and start/lead a conversation on the topic. I will do this my incorporating bright colors, engaging images, and having a clear message.
Final Mood Board:
Explanation of visuals: