My initial idea was to do something along the lines of up-cycled fashion however I did not know exactly what I wanted to do whether it be a hat, a purse, a dress or pants, etc. I decided to go out to a thrift store to get some ideas. Thrifting is a favorite hobby of mine because you can find the most unique or basic things all for a lowered price! And since someone was going to throw it away anyway at least they can donate their trash to thrift stores so that it can become someone else’s treasure. So I looked around for inspiration, and I stumbled upon a bag of alphabet fridge magnets. I loved the colors and they reminded me of growing up with those on my fridge back in the day.
This brings me to my aesthetic inspiration for this project: the art form Kitsch. Kitsch is the German word for trash and is often used to describe cheap, meaningless forms of pop culture/commercial culture. It is identifiable by it’s cheesiness or tackiness, and appeals to popular or uncultivated taste because the forms are often garish or overly sentimental, simply meaning that these objects are considered by other people to be ugly, without style, false, or in poor taste but enjoyed or appreciated by still other people in an ironic or knowing way or because it is funny or recognizable. I believe my jacket is exemplary of the Kitsch aesthetic because it reminds me of my fridge as a child and thinking how fun and colorful the magnets are. I personally love bright colors and while the jacket is made out of materials that other considered trash/donation, I find sentiment and personal fascination. The art pieces below were made by other kitsch artists which have created pieces that are sentimental yet ironic to them and are often perceived by the public as controversial or meaningless (especially Koons’ work). If you are having trouble understanding Kitsch then I suggest reading my aesthetic exploration post on it.
Below is a sculpture of Michael Jackson and his beloved pet chimpanzee Bubbles by the artist Jeff Koons. (https://www.sfmoma.org/read/discussion-questions-jeff-koonss-michael-jackson-and-bubbles/)
Andy Warhol – Campbell Soup Cans. 1962, (https://www.moma.org/collection/works/79809)
I first laid out the letters how I thought I wanted them which was completely random but then I thought it would be cooler if I made words out of them.
I started making more words and decided to cover the entire front of the jacket with random funny/cute words. I then glued them down with e6000 glue in the orientation I planned.
I also had a few number magnets so I made them appear as buttons on the front of the jacket.
I then glued the rest of the letters, numbers, and symbols randomly all over the back.
Here are more pictures of the jacket up close!
This is the link to my presentation video on youtube!