My degree project, Intentional Invitations: A Forest of Figures, is an in-depth exploration of how I present myself to the world through subversive femininity -- the use of clothing, make-up, accessories as intentional tools, as forms of armor.
These ‘garments’ are framed as conversational clothing or clothing that invites interaction. I am specifically thinking about the wearer and the power of the wearer in shaping what their clothing means. I am interested in how clothing can be used as a tool. Thinking about clothing as a means of inviting interaction, I am subverting the idea of “clothing as an invitation” that is often thrown out as a means of blaming women and girls for undesired actions that are done to them by others. I am reclaiming the ability of clothing to invite interaction and to use clothing with intention, to ‘invite’ specific interaction that is shaped on my terms – from the conceptualization of the works, to the physical making, to the wearing. This act of intentional creation and utilization of wearable works is an act of powerful self worship. This is an assertion of the fact that I am worthy of worship, as a goddess.