A day of reflecting on the power of fashion yields a conversation about youth and fashion in relation to Trayvon Martin’s death. We brainstormed words we associate with the hoodie: lazy, cozy, street, shelter. During this brainstorm we addressed the circumstances around Trayvon Martin’s death, what we knew or had questions about, and how we felt his clothing played a role in the event.
To talk about what we discovered, we looked at embroidery. Embroidery is often used to display meaningful words or statements. Because embroidery takes time to do, it often associated with a great sense of care. Each student chose a word from our brainstorm and embroidered it onto a piece of fabric. We asked ourselves how embroidery, the technique, changed the feel or meaning of the word they chose.
Melvin’s embroidered response to what fashion can “say”: LOVE. In response to what embroidery adds to the message, Melvin posts: To express how you feel or match your personality.