The starting concept was inspired by my own experience of struggling with my mental health condition. I had a really bad mood swing starting this early semester because I was stressing out because of the personal issues. When I was struggling, people around me always checked how I ‘feel,’ even though I told them I was fine (and I was actually fine), they would tell me, “No, you don’t look fine but It is going to be all okay.” I wanted to tell them I was actually “OKAY” when I am.
I adore how certain animals can express their feelings and warning with bodily visual elements. Especially, I love how hedgehogs express their attention and meditation level through either relaxing thorns or having their thorns stuck up. Thrones of Hedgehogs became my visual inspiration.
So for this project, I wanted to make a dress that will express if a person, including myself, is actually okay or not with disticntive visual element. I used brain sensor to change the color of my 3D printed thrones to show whether a person who is wearing it is feeling good or not. I sew flora LEDs and glued the 3D printed thrones on top of the LEDs.
Unfortunately, the website is not allowing me to upload the color changing video so I will only upload photos with different colors of LEDs.
When I documented with a model, I asked the model to interpret those colors, how she feels about the color and express it through her poses.
Before the final presentation, I faced a lot of technical issues so I seperated LED trails into two section and the bottom LEDs are fixed with one color but the top part would react to the brain sensor. Thankfully, Snow modelled for me.