My groups goal was to design a garment that resembles the transformable use of Central Park. When we began discussing ideas for this assignment, we immediately decided we wanted to make some kind of simplified object that could serve more than one purpose for its users. Fashion is an outlet for almost anybody to express themselves. People use clothing in many different ways, and we wanted to create one effortless design that could be altered and manipulated to accommodate the seasonal changes of the east coast. Similarly to the many ways people use Central Park, our garment can be converted into different forms depending on one’s personal style as well as the seasonal changes. Our design can be converted into an overcoat, a vest, a skirt and pants, by simply snapping buttons that we have placed strategically throughout each garment. Central Park represents a diverse range of people of all different cultures, shapes and sizes. We constructed our design to adapt to all different varieties of people. We chose to make the garments neutral colors of grey and white, which will also allow its multi-gender users to pair and match them with almost anything. The garment is also made with giving fabric, in order to stretch and tighten to different sizes.
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During our class trip to Central Park, I was able to notice specific behaviors that I had not previously focused on. My attention was always drawn to the “life” within the park. I saw hundreds of people and animals of all different cultures and environments and studied how they interacted with “nature”. Central park is a massive collection of trees, paths, reservoirs, and fields, that were strategically designed by humans for the purpose of obtaining “nature” within a cosmopolitan city. When I began observing, I noticed how city/modern cultured seeped into the greenery and simplicity of the park. I even noticed a visible difference in the way animals interacted with humans within the park. Squirrels and Turtles went as far as to touch and eat food out of tourists hands. That is something that would not be seen in the “real” wilderness or even in a suburb.
When beginning this assignment I wanted to create a visual representation of the fear of being followed. My partner, Erin, told me that she is petrified of someone watching her, without her knowing. I chose to depict a silhouette styled portrait of two people. I left some features out so that the viewer could interpret the idea of anonymity. Living in New York, this fear has become more of a reality for Erin, and I wanted to show a real human face in my visual. Seeing human features can attach emotional meaning when looking at any kind of art. I wanted the viewer to consider who was watching who, in this work. I think it can be taken differently among different people with diverse fears.
My self portrait represents the places I have been, and the moments that have shaped my identity the most. I started by finding photographs of buildings and landmarks in the places I find most meaningful to me. I then cropped and organized the photos in a circular collage that conveys my past journeys and places I wish to return to in my lifetime.