Spectrum Messages

  • Title : Spectrum Messages
    Date : May 2013
    Medium : Cotton sateen and thread
    In a dream, I saw a black ballgown embellished with amazingly bright rainbow designs; it was to me the most beautiful dress I had ever seen. But I woke up and it was no longer real. This piece Spectrum Hearts was made in order to bring that dream gown back to my reality. Inspired by the magic wrap skirt, I was dedicated to bring two patterns into the dress which can be switched around by how the dress is worn. In the white spectrum pattern, there are many hidden messages formed by the colors of the printed design that I could not believe my eyes.
    Exhibited in the Foundation Exhibition, MICA: Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2013.
  • pattern a
    [ original pattern file ]
    Drawn with Wacom Tablet in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Close of shots of pattern (a).
  • Pattern (a) feels like a sea of hearts. Like a large school of fish trying to find their way around eachother. The small scale of the hearts over the size of the black canvas makes the entirety feel like a view under a microscope, catching all these little creatures interacting with one another.
  • pattern b
    [ original pattern file ]
    Made by bleeding candy sprinkles on paper.  Tiling and effects done with Adobe Photoshop.
  • Close up shots of pattern (b).
  • Upon completing Pattern (b) in a mirror repeat, I spotted numerous crabs and crown-wearing frogs that did not exist in the original pattern swatch. Crabs can be considered a symbol of love in my family. When I make the heart symbol with my fingers, the resulting hand shape appears like a crab. Crown-wearing frogs do have a deep personal meaning for me as well. In terms of dream interpretation, seeing a frog would mean “a potential for change or the unexpected. The frog may be a prince in disguise and thus signify transformation, renewal, or rebirth.” With my faith in Jesus Christ, I found comfort and amazement in these new discoveries as I was really depressed about my work for the duration of many months before.