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The Interactive Subconscious

DESCRIPTION

The interactive subconscious is a wire-form mask and chest piece dedicated to exploring the timeless quarrel of following ones heart or mind. This idea is projected through the interactive components of the piece, LED’s that react when contact occurs.

ARTISTS STATEMENT

The interactive subconscious wire-form pieces are a self-illustration, a self-portrait of sorts. I’m driven to try and illustrate the unimaginable, put words to the ineffable; this drive is clear in my attempt to explore the inner struggle of following ones heart or mind.

When an individual wears the hand made glove and interacts by touching the chest or mask LED’s placed in the heart or the head will light up. This reaction comments on my personal experience of the tough decision of being lead by the soul of the heart or the logic of the mind, this decision being necessary because of human interaction.

Aesthetically, the piece is quite obscure and could be commented as demonic. This reaction is provoked by the harsh material and unconventional motives. The whimsical decorative paper patching the inner of the heart and mask are meant to mimic the wild, and sometimes unacceptable, deep thoughts and hidden feelings contained in a body.

When interacting with my piece, I hope that the observer is faced with the realities of their personal choices regarding heart and mind. I wish for them to experience the pulsing doubt that comes along with wondering – what if?  

RESEARCH AND REFERENCES

http://towardtruth.net/2010/02/09/following-your-heart-or-following-your-mind/

Title: Following Your Heart Or Following Your Mind?

This blogged entry addresses the timeless question of following heart or mind. The author approaches the subject from a religious standpoint, quoting the bibles scripture to support their views. There is undoubtedly a modern dependence on emotions, and the author believes that those who rely solely on intellect are showing the adverse reaction to this frightening dependence. Ultimately the author believes that neither heart or mind should be favored when it comes to decision making, both should work together to make a choice.

http://philosophyofcogs.blogspot.com/2008/11/follow-your-heart-not-your-mind.html

Title: Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science – Follow your heart, not your mind

This article was written by Catherine Zeeb who holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. Her professional opinion is that one should allow their intuition to guide their actions. She believes that empowered spirits are those that follow their dreams to live the life they love. 

RELATED WORKS

Cherie Sayer – Self portrait – http://www.redbubble.com/people/cheriesayer/art/4201182-1-self-portrait

To me, this piece conveys the epitome of heart vs. mind. The collaged piece presents the more industrial structured style within the higher-mind portion of the portrait, and the free formed whimsical style within the heart portion of the body. The piece takes heart vs. mind even further to suggest that our ‘mature’ selves are taught to follow logic, while our impulsive heart-lead decisions are more child-like in nature. I appreciate this viewpoint, and think the artist and I share the same inspirations.

Eliana Stromberg – mind+heart – http://elianarosenotwar.deviantart.com/art/mind-heart-114053534

While not as aesthetically complex, this wire-form sculpture presents the same influences in a simpler body. The piece is a wearable head-dress that branches off speech-bubble-like into the possibilities of heart and mind and the conflicts that exist between them.

MATERIALS AND PROCESS

- Various sizes of wire                                      – Scissors

- Wire cutters                                                       – Glue gun

- Patterned paper                                               – LED’s

- Batteries                                                              - Alligator-clip wires

- Conductive Fabric                                          - Scrap Fabric

- Glove                                                                    - Bracelet

- Headband                                                           - Necklace Chain

To start (first production experiment), I used wire to map out a form of my face, and secured it to a head band. I decorated the inner gaps of the mask by gluing decorative paper to the wire. I hid the headband and connective wires by wrapping long strips of fabric over the messy connection and letting the extra fabric hang off the head (like dreadlocks).

When taking the first production experiment further (to create the final piece) I first created a wire-form cartoon anatomical heart. I then decorated the inner gaps of the form with red-related fabrics and paper (similar to the process of covering the inside of the mask). I then found an old glove and decorated it with the similar style as the dreadlocked hair by glue gunning long strips of fabric to the hand surface of the glove. inconspicuously hidden on the tip of the pointer finger of the glove is a square surface of conductive fabric (which would later act as the ‘connective’ aspect to the broken LED circuits).

After addressing all the aesthetics I went on to create the technical LED circuits contained within the piece. I fed the bubbled tips of the LED’s through certain parts of the heart (so they’d pop out and show from the front) and connected them to their appropriate batteries. I left a break in the few circuits so that when touched, the circuit would be complete and illuminate the LED’s. To finish the chest piece I attached the heart to a long necklace chain and adjusted it to hang appropriately.

The LED’s on the mask sit up top on the head-band ‘brain’ portion. I set up the LED’s with the wires glue gunned flat to the underside surface of the mask. The LED circuits were broken up top close to the LED so that when touched, the circuit would connect and power the lights.

In all, the project took approximately 24 hours to complete, aside from time it took to gather materials. Most fabrics and wire were found around the house, while the LED and battery power was purchased at Active Surplus Electronics.

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Instant Guard Mask

Instant Guard Mask

For the final project I’ve decided to recreate the protection of personal space project that we did earlier in class. The name of this new finished product is the ” Instant Guard Mask”. My intention was to build on the previous prototype, and make it more efficient and wearable than the first. This protection gear is meant to be worn on the face. It works as a way of protecting ones personal space. The mask is constructed with Bristol board, which is light and flexible yet a sturdy paper. I find that construction things with the bristol board offers a reliable and firm material to wear on the face. The mask yells out that the person currently wearring it is in need of some instant personal space. It acts as a notification of such an instant need by its rough exterior and pointed cone. I feel that the “Instant Gurad Mask” is a portable and light way of fending off unwanted attention or annoying people.

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Central Comfort

I had previously designed a spine accessory to amplify and extend the spine for aesthetic purposes. For this project I took that idea and extended the idea with the purpose of technology. My idea was that the spine could attach to a undergarment and have vibrating technology or a heating technology to soothe the sensation of pain or stress. The spine is the foundation of pain tolerance and stress signals from parts of the body to the brain. Therefore, my piece is a source of relaxation and comfort.central comfort prototype

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Unlose-able Socks (Re-visited)

Description:

The Unlose-able socks are exactly that, socks that are made in such a way that it becomes somewhat difficult to lose them. Consisting of socks and strips of velcro, Unlose-able socks are fairly simple by design, but highly effective against sock-loss.

Artist’s Statement

My initial goal with this creation was to solve a problem by modifying something that I wear almost everyday and lose almost every laundry cycle. Socks are notorious for finding away to lose their partners and become lost within our homes. My first instinct was to make it so that these Unlose-able socks were permanently connected and would never be far away from each other by connecting them with a string of yarn, that climbed up through the pant-leg along the inseam between the socks. This kept the socks attached, but some draw backs were quickly realized after some further investigation into the prototype. The string could become tangled while wearing the socks inside the pants, the string could become tangled or even broken in a wash cycle, and the socks would not work if they were worn with a dress, skirt, or kilt. Solving these problems seemed like a logical step to further develop this piece. The new and improved version of this work is still based on not losing socks. But utilizes a different method of attachment.
While being worn, the socks are separate and look like normal socks. The idea is that they are normal functioning socks, but when taken off to wash, they are easily stuck together with velcro and will not become unstuck until they are pulled apart by their owner.

Materials & Process

Socks, thread, Velcro

I used a sewing machine to sew the the Velcro onto the socks.

Pictures

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Tape Corset

Description:
Having a fascination with corsets and the lingerie aspect of clothing, I have created a corset out of tape (electrical & packing) to bring out a new sense of what a corset actually is. This product is an extension of the very first project (in my case, the electrical tape bra) & influences from the very last (clear packing tape to create a wearable)

Statement of Intent / Artist’s Statement
I’ve never been good with the artist’s statements to describe my progression, yet I feel like I’ve come closer in contact with the technical aspect of how things work, and the basic shapes and how things are put together. This final project is a good example of my knowledge; I examined one of my corsets, drew out the patterns and shaped it to my body.
    I wanted to extend this project because it was my favourite one from the semester; I felt I could work with it the best if I actually liked it (plus it was one of the few functional projects I had come up with). The use of the tape was utterly random in the first project, but for this I decided to expand my variety for the clear tape.
It’s actual purpose in the real world is solely for fashion/those special nights with that special someone. Personally it’s a bit aggravating to take on and off & is very delicate, so those with patience would suit it best.

Research & Related Works
Too be honest I didn’t do that much research; I just looked at old corsets & their patterns, though I did visit a few professional corset sites to search for a pattern

http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/ (I went here first, and the pattern was a fail)
http://lingerie.lovetoknow.com/Free_Corset_Patterns
http://www.fairygothmother.co.uk/

Materials & Process
Materials: Wire coat hanger, Clear packing tape, Black Electrical Tape, Hot glue, White ribbon
WELL. Originally I wanted to do something with tape transfers, but my ink was being terribly difficult/wouldn’t stick to the tape, so I gave up and moved on to the corset portion; I looked through websites & found no good pattern. I decided to just to examine my own corset, and discovered that a simple pattern lay within it. I traced it out, divided it into shapes and cut them out on sheets of tape stuck to each other. I then attached the wires for under the breast portion (support, because I need it) and went on to check if it fit properly by threading the back with ribbon.
    After being pleased with it fitting (to a point) well, I cut apart the electrical tape bra from project one and attached it to where I left space for the bra. I fiddled with it and got it to stay; the straps I reworked to they’d tie around my neck (like a halter).
    I tightened the ribbons, fixed up a couple out of place pieces of tape and voila, tape corset

Observations and Conclusions:
Sometimes projects change for the better;
I was planning on focusing on the last project of tape transfers all over a shirt, but moved on towards making a simple corset out of tape, which turned out much better than I thought.
Tape scratches and leaves deep marks if you’re not careful
Simplicity is the key; no fancy designs mean it’s pleasing to the eye (in my mind anyhoo)

In conclusion I’m quite pleased with how I transformed the bra (which was falling apart anyways) into an intricate, yet simplistic corset.
Ah yes, and my love for electrical tape has grown

Visual Documentation

I kinda forget to take pictures of my work in progress so here’s the final product (plus pictures of the original bra so you can see how much it’s changed :D )

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Silky Shapes

Silky Shapes

Sara Tufts

Description

These voluptuous silk pants are designed to bring shape back to the naturally curvaceous bodies of women. The hips are extended to add extreme volume to the body, similar to the crinoline. Women in the 19th century strived for volume in their dresses. The crinoline craze reached its peak during the late 1850s and early 1860s. The idea of silky shapes is to bring back the silhouette enhancing fashion designs into the present style era. I paired the pants with a blue silk slip and to unify the outfit, I designed a cropped, sleeve top with bold colours and designs. The cropped top allows for modest coverage, but can be taken off to reveal the sheer animal print wrapped camisole. I chose to create an outfit composed of drastic shapes to reference the body. The outfit is meant to add drastic shape to a woman’s body, which over time, has been ideologically reduced to minimal curves with media influence. Volume and shape are an important aspect of bodily shape and I hope this outfit inspires a more “shapely” view of fashion. 

Research & Related works

Inspiration: 19th Century Fashion, Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen,  http://nymag.com/fashion/fashionshows/designers/bios/alexandermcqueen/

Fathom, The Secret History of the Corset and Crinoline, http://www.fathom.com/course/21701726/session1.html

Women in the mid 19th century desired voluminous dresses that were supported by crinolines. The skirts grew wider as the dress style continuously inflated. The ideal look was for a woman to have a small waist, accented by an extremely full skirted bottom. Alexander McQueen was a brilliant fashion designer who’s label is known for its dramatic, gorgeously constructed pieces, combining elements of British tailoring with French couture. Signature looks included billowy dresses cut in hourglass silhouettes. His designs were constructed to embrace a woman’s curves, exaggerating them with full bodied dresses.

Materials & Process

Yellow silk, old robes, scarves, needles, thread, boning, fabrics

I designed the pants out of existing silky yellow pant fabric. The legs are tapered from the thigh down, and the hips are filled out with stuffing, but ideally this would be boning. I also created a cropped top out of an old house coat to add coverage to the blue silk camisole underneath. I accented the cami with a sheer animal print piece of fabric for visual appeal and texture. 

Visual Documentation

 

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Final Project – Digestive Dress and Life Grows On Dress

Titles : The Digest Dress and  The Life Grows On Dress

Name: Brianne Freedman

Description:  From the continuation of the Amplify an Extend Project, I created two dresses The Digest Dress and The Life Grows On Dress. The first dress shows how the living body works internally and expands on our digestive systems and internal organs while the second dress uses flowers and other environmental materials to show how life can live upon us as we are living creatures. Both dresses expand on life itself while extending the body both internally and externally.

Statement of Intent/Artist Statement: The concept and main ideas of my dresses were life and how it works. My favorite item of clothing are dresses, I love how you can fully express yourself by one piece of clothing that covers the torso, the largest part of the body. I also enjoy creating things that involve materials that wouldn’t be normally used and may be thought of as unique. The Digest Dress examines how the digestive system works and how it allows food to pass through out internal body parts. I thought a dress would be an appropriate choice as it seems to cover the torso and the intestines without the use of button of zippers as a coat would. I would like to think of our internal body as a factory, each organ has its part and the digest system is an assembly line. Food allows us to have energy as does products do in a factory. It’s as if we are one big machine that can slow down at times but speed up at the next. Much like a machine and factory we do produce waste but not the toxic kind that pollutes the air unless you have had burritos to eat then human gasses will pollute the air. Our bodies allow us to live and many do not focus on the internal part as much as their physical external appearance.  For my second dress The Life Grows on Dress, I thought it would be appropriate to use a dress for the same reason, as it fully covers our living bodies. I wanted to show how life can work externally as well. We are living creatures and I thought it would be interesting to have a type of life living on us just as humans do within the environment and the world. The two dresses work together to show two types of life living within the same body.

Research and Related Works

www.nicoledextras.com

This website is the official site of Canadian artist Nicole Dextras. She has mainly worked with materials from the environment. She has created several wearable works such as dresses, coats, and shoes that are made from flowers, leaves weeds and grass. It was extremely interesting to see how she made the clothing and what materials she used as well as her approach.

http://calamitykim.typepad.com/calamity_kim/wearable-art-clothing/

This article talked about artist Julie Whitmore and her artistic creations. I focused on what she does with florals and learned that she uses fabrics to create florals and pedals and sometimes uses real flowers in her works. She is a fantastic artist whom as myself enjoys experimenting with new materials and ideas in order to create her art work and take it to the next level.

www.funkytrend.com

This website showed photographs and information about the unique creations made by many artists. They use unique materials such as paper, feathers and flowers to create different articles of clothing. They also create flowers and florals from different materials such as fabric, steel and paper to look as if they were real flowers.

http://artbysusanlenz.blogspot.com/2010/03/recycled-cemetery-flower-dresses.html

This article introduces us to artist Susan Lenz who uses recycled cemetery flowers and fake flowers to create dress patterns. She has had models model her designs and fully describes the process of making the patterns. She explains that there is a lot of washing and purifying the flowers so they will be fresh ad that it is a long process as she stitches the inner and outer layer of the dress. The process is interesting as she uses a grid within her designs to keep everything in place.

www.trendhunter.com

This website provided many photographs on how other companies have used internal organs within their different articles of clothing and accessories and where and how one can purchase the clothing.

http://imaginemdd.blogspot.com/2009/10/its-whats-inside-that-counts-art-of.html

This website focused on different articles of clothing that have been turned into internal organs such as a purse that looks like a gut. It talked about how different organs are used and transformed into clothing and accessories. It was very interesting and extremely surprising to research about this and how a group of students produce these works.

www.zazzle.ca

This article provided information and pictures about the Recycle Me Collection. It is a charity created by Pamela Lindgran that creates T-shirts with internal organs on them such as the heart and lungs to raise awareness and money for organ donations and diseases caused by internal organs. All proceeds go to Professor Lars-Erik Gelin Memorial Foundation for Transplant Research. 

Materials and Process:

Digest Dress- Plastic transparent tubes, needles, thread, string, Velcro, super glue, chalk, paper, paint, a cotton dress, fabric, beads, scissors, wire, elastics.

When I came up with this concept, I wasn’t too sure on how it would work. I thought I would need to use a hard type of plastic similar to the shape of a pregnant woman’s whom in order for this project to work. I originally wanted the tubes inside this plastic whom and also have the beads/ marbles to pass through gears in order to go through the tubes – similar to a pinball machine. Once I finally thought of a way this project would work, I was off to the hardware store to pick up the 3D transparent tubes. I used white chalk on the dress to measure and sketch out where everything would go and proceeded. I first used paint to create a replica of the internal organs and Velcro and sewed it to the dress as a background. In front of the painting, I sewed the tubes to replicate the shape of how food passes through the body. I cut slits in the dress to overlap the tubes and keep them secure. For this I used thread, wire and elastics. In class, I worked on the pouch that attaches to the intestine tube this indicating what happens to food when it is fully digested and ready to leave the body.  From there I made the final touches on the dress and glue gunned the tubes together. The tubes start at the shoulder one on each side and from there combine into one long tube that goes throughout the body.  The tubes will be filled with beads as a substitute for food and they will flow down through the tubes and into the pouch to visibly show how the digestive system works together with the internal organs.

 Life Grows on Dress- Burlap, needles, thread, string, yarn, patch grass, real flowers and leaves, fake flowers and leaves, scissors.

Originally as I said I wanted to create a dress entirely made from patch grass so that flowers could bloom on their own creating life. However, I ran into a few obstacles and difficulties along the way. The patch grass kept on falling apart and the flowers that grow from it would not bloom in time to be ready and was biodegradable and sunk into the earth when I was trying to grow it. Instead, I used burlap the organic material that covers trees and plants to protect them and keep them warm in order to keep my same topic. From this I followed up on the exact same design of the dress short in the front with a mother nature type of train in the back that drapes. Before I thought of the burlap, I sewed left over patch grass and flowers to an old purple dress but found the burlap tied into my topic better. This said, I had to unstitch all the patch grass and flowers and sew them onto the burlap. The burlap was extremely difficult to work with as the square holes in it were huge allowing thread and secure notes to slip through. I had to use thicker thread and a needle but this didn’t help to the maximum. In order for the flowers to be secure I had to stitch through each and every one of them and make notes that were tight so that they would hold but not to tight to damage the flowers. This was very difficult and exhausting as the flowers and such kept on falling off or breaking. However, despite the hard work and long process, I am really happy and very proud of myself that I accomplished it as I can show what it would be like if we had living organisms or creatures upon us living humans.

Visual Documents

I have included photos and two double sided boards that contain my research, process and visual documentation.

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Fragment Fan

By: Habiba El-Sayed

Description:

The Fragment Fan is an extension of the Fragment Facade, a face shield made out of fragments of Plexiglas. The Fragment Fan is much larger in order to protect more of the body in a variety of situations.

Statement of Intent / Artist’s Statement

The Fragment Fan acts as a  highly versatile shield. An indent in the center of the fan makes it easy for the user to hold and control. The fan may be used in a variety of ways to protect the user. One may choose to hold the fan over his or her head to protect themselves from rain or falling objects. The fan could be held in front of the face to protect from thrown objects or perhaps wind visor. The Fragment fan is also great for identity hiding. The glass’s slightly frosted effect along with the layering of fragments, makes the user’s features distorted.

Apart from being functional, the Fragment Fan is also an interesting fashion accessory. If you’re looking to add some edgy style to an outfit, the Fragment Fan is a bold way to do it.

Research & Related Works

http://cyanatrendland.com/2009/07/21/paper-dress-editorial-for-lofficiel/#more-22475

http://cyanatrendland.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ilya-plotnikov-alexandra-zaharova-doberman.jpg

Russian Creative Agency Doberman designed 3D paper dresses with a futuristic feel.

http://cyanatrendland.com/tag/dora-mojzes/

Dora Mojzes is a young Hungarian designer. Images on this site show her futuristic designs that have a similar aesthetic to my project.

Materials & Process

Plexiglas, Glue gun

To create the Fragment Fan I cut pieces of plexiglas on the bandsaw at different angles. I then layered the fragments in an aesthetically pleasing formation and glued them into place with a glue gun.

Visual Documentation

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The Shirt That Speaks For You

By: Allie Croza

Description:
This top is perfect for many different situations.  There is a check mark which means yes and an ‘X’ that means no.  When you touch your side one will light up.  If you are at a bar and someone approaches you, you can show that person if you are feeling it or not by giving him or her the check mark or the ‘X.’  If you lose your voice or don’t feel like speaking this is perfect.

Artist’s Statement:
This shirt is perfect for communicating without words.
When I first wake up I am usually pretty cranky.  My mom always has a million questions for me, and to be honest, I do not feel like answering them all the time.  They are usually simple yes or no questions.  I wanted to create something so when I am in one of the cranky moods I can just give her a check mark meaning yes or an ‘X’ meaning no.  She can’t get mad at me since I will be answering her question, just without words.
Have you ever been to a bar when a creepy older man approaches you?  If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky.  It makes me very uncomfortable.  I could wear this shirt and light up the ‘X’ and he would know right away not to approach me.

Research:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew-StitchLits/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Electronic-Embroidery/

Materials & Process:
4 days full of fun
Conductive thread
Conductive fabric
9 yellow LED’s
7 red LED’s
2 3V batteries
2 battery holders
Glue gun
Iron
Needle
White long sleeve shirt
Tweezers
Pin

The first thing I did was draw the circuit out on paper.  I thought I had it figured out, but I did a lot of things over and over trying to get it.  It was a lot harder than I thought.
I used tweezers to curl in the legs of the LED’s.  After I did that to each LED, I drew out the check mark and ‘X’ on the shirt.  I used a pin to make holes for the LED’s.  I pushed one through each holes to fit the correct coloured light.  Then I sewed all of the positive LED’s using the same conductive thread, then all the negative ones.  After that I ironed the conductive fabric to the side and the wrist area of the shirt.  I then glue gunned the battery to the shirt and used the conductive thread to sew the battery.  I connected the positive side of he battery to the positive side of the LED on both sides.  Then I connected the conductor fabric with the negative side of the battery using the thread.  From the negative side of the LED I connected it to the other conductive fabric that is on my wrist.

Photos:

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