The Clothesline is a video installation piece that asks the viewer, “What would I want to wear today?” and “What do I want to show the world?” As a graphic designer, I thought about what it would mean to be able to have clothes that changed with your emotions and to be able to project what you were experiencing at any given moment. The Clothesline is an exploration into the self, imagining what it would look like if your clothes represented what you were looking at in the moment so that onlookers could visualize the experience and understand the emotions the wearer felt.
The video projected is a compilation of shots taken from various objects and photographs and compiled together for an energetic display of fluctuating color that exaggerates human emotions. The canvas for the projection is a simple clothesline of three standard white t-shirts. The emphasis is on the idea of taking an ordinary item of clothing, but exemplifying the meaning by projecting vibrant imagery onto the shirts. The video and the shirts work together to produce the idea of apparel that shares the wearer’s worldly experiences with an audience.
The actual mapping of this piece could have been improved since the projection is about 90% accurate. Also I feel the actual video in itself could be longer, since it only spans a solid minute and thirty seconds.
Overall, I feel that The Clothesline is an effective statement on the possibilities of the future of graphic design and fashion combining with modern technology in order to achieve a more empathetically connected community.