something new: non-textual

My high school experience was different than the ones that you see on television or read about in books. I went to a fine arts magnet school that focused heavily on the arts, as well as obtaining stellar academics. I loved every minute of it, especially the fact that my fellow peers and I were all so different. We all came from different backgrounds, races, socio-economic classes, yet we were all bound together due to the fact that we all had the same passion for the fine arts. 

My “major” or “pathway” that I studied was not a common one within the student population. My focus was costume and fashion design, and I spent the majority of my time during and after school sitting behind a sewing machine, creating pieces that were meant to shine on stage for our latest production or for the fashion shows I would put on throughout the year. 

Since I am missing out on my creative outlet of sewing here at Davidson, I chose to use my talents to make a piece of clothing, a jacket, that represents the humanities class, for this non-textual project. I made one similar to one I created over the summer, but instead of choosing to put elements of myself all over the jacket, I put on different elements of our humanities class.

From Candide’s garden to the video of a fish swimming in someone’s mouth, this jacket will contain memorable parts of the humanities course this year, and each element will be placed somewhere where there is a meaning behind it. One of the main ideas I had was that society would wear this jacket to cover up their “true identity” and represent the ones of others we continue to learn about. Instead of a jacket for everyone to try on in person, we all now have to virtually enjoy it for a bit. Therefore, I have made a guide to help one understand the contents of the jacket, along with a video of me making the piece, in order to gain a deeper connection to the garment.

This jacket was a great way for me to produce something creative during this hectic time, and acted as some sort of stress reliever. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of putting this jacket together, and I hope that you take the time to look at it and see what it is all about. Enjoy 🙂

The Denham Jacket: a Guide to Understanding the Layers of HUM 103-104

Sapere Aude on the back: representing the beginning of this course

Flowers and Tomatoes on the back: representing Candide’s garden

Unit 1: name tag on front: claiming, naming, and shaping one’s identity

Unit 2: fish in mouth on the back: from a video we watched in class one day

Unit 3: Rwandan flag inside of a skull on the back: to represent the Rwandan genocide and dice: to represent the day in the Lily Gallery with the theatre department 

Unit 4: a cross inside the jacket: showcases that the way that we think about religion in regards to race is backwards, or inside out 

January and February study trip: the outlines of the states North Carolina and Alabama on the front: to represent two states the class chose to explore this year

Unit 5: two masks inspired by the ones from Bill T. Jones’s Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the front of the jacket: to represent the show we chose to research 

Unit 6: four tools that cause one to see in different colors on the front: representing the day where Professor Munger encouraged us to mix and explore new colors, and to not expect the mixtures to come out as we expect them too

Unit 7: a sun with a Soviet symbol in the center on the back: representing the image from the film, Burnt by the Sun, and the Soviet regime Russia was under at the time

Unit 8: a blurry smiley face on the back: inspired by the blurry portraits of Gerhard Richter

finished product
Featuring: Olive, my dog, part of the revolution
also featuring: my other dog, Margaret, mad that the jacket is too big for her small body, and staring at it longingly
potential idea for jacket
front of jacket I designed earlier this year
back of jacket I designed earlier this year
potential ideas
potential ideas

I also made a short video of the production of this project, along with other snapshots from the year. Feel free to watch 🙂