Music is a part of everyone’s life. It is a string that ties us together in society and it is a common language by which we can relate and explore each other’s emotions. My thesis is based on the idea that music can be more than an auditory medium or experience. this project is about my visual interpretation of music and sounds themselves, not the use of music as a cultural reference or signs of time.
I asked a group of people to listen to one song (Smoke by: Mosa Wild) and take a pen to a piece of paper and draw in linear motions without lifting the pen off of the paper until the song was over. The result of their interpretations was then digitized and transformed into the elements used in my design process. Whether it be in the silhouette, print on the fabric or motion of the garments, this project relies solely on auditory elements for research and inspiration. Not allowing other senses to intervene in the interpretation of the music permits the primal instincts produced by the sounds to reflect on each of the participant’s work.
My goal with the completion of the project is not just to have the essence of the song translate onto the aesthetic collection but to create a design methodology that can be used for future collections and exploration of music.