How It Works
The skirt is turned on by a conductive velcro switch. When the velcro is fastened, the white lights on the skirt turn on. There’s a switch inside the left shoe. When you step with your left foot, it puts pressure on the switch and activates a wireless transmitter that sends a signal to the skirt to turn on red LEDs. Below is a video of the red LEDs turning on.
There are several actions that typically signify anger, including clenched fists, yelling, and stomping. Ariela and Tashi’s character used the power of natural elements to defeat her enemies. The idea was that when she would stomp her feet, her wand would activate her elemental powers. As for Blake’s character, his tattered garb inspired the burned and worn aesthetic in the piece. Both of the students’ characters were superheroes ultimately fueled, to some degree, by anger. Working with the concept of stomping, I incorporated elements of the students’ work to create an outfit as dark and disparaging as anger itself.
My project will be up at the Textile Museum of Canada until the beginning of June :)