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Wearable Installation Spans Mediums (And Wings)

It’s not often that a T-shirt is referred to as an installation, but interdisciplinary collective The T-Shirt Issue’s new design, Muybridge, is exactly that. Based off of Eadweard Muybrige’s stop-motion photography work from the late 1800s, which captured animals in locomotion, this piece aims to capture 3D change—in this case, the three-step sequence of a bird spreading its wings for flight.

As seen in their 2008 “non-basics” Digital Portraits, The T-shirt Issue constantly expresses their fascination with the triangular polygon. In this piece, they’re aiming to capture the innate, blink-of-an-eye movements of a bird in flight, by slowing down the process for eventual exhibition on a human.

While the Muybridge could certainly function as a cape or costume, its fragility makes its present state suffice as a legitimate installation. According to an interview with one of the designers, Linda Kostowski, over at We Make Money Not Art, their approach was to “take an incredibly common and everyday object like the T-shirt and turn it into something that has a story to tell.”

She goes on to explain that the wings were sculpted with 3D software, allowing the three key frames of movement to be animated naturally. The sculptures were then turned into 2D patterns, laser cut, and finally, the intricate jersey garments were then sewn together by hand.

While The T-Shirt Issue’s conceptual prototype is not yet wearable (that’s an issue, isn’t it?), they plan on releasing their first suitable T-shirts made with their in-house pattern construction software sometime this summer.

[via We Make Money Not Art]

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