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1. State of the art, project management and documentation

This week I worked on defining my final project idea and started to getting used to the documentation process.


Current Work - Domination Projects, The New Era of Intentional Messaging

Violence isn’t just a physical act of harm, it is weaponized motion—a passionate response to an object, person, place or ideology. Stemming from political history and our cyclical accounts of civil disobedience to fight for a better world, I've been researching violence as a tool to be channeled--I found a voice through fashion. Wearable messaging is one of the most pervasive ways to assert a viewpoint. It means that you stand for a point of view and you want the world to see it. As such, how can we elevate these voices outside of text? Can we use form and silhouettes to tell our stories?

Study One: Kendo

Pulling from the ancient art of Kenjutsu and its descendant, Kendō (“sword way”), the military origins of this weapon art closely align with the values upheld through our label. Discipline, honor, patience are the foundations in which all impactful societal movements are founded upon. As confidence builds from methodical planning and assembly grows, the more coordinated and swift the actions become.

In Kendō, the kendoka (attacker) and motodachi (receiver) work together to perfect technique by first learning how to strike and what a strike feels like.

Over time, both attacking and defending become second nature—like one’s ability to protest and assemble in accordance to the 1st amendment. But, we’re not just about assembly—we are judged and noticed by our actions. There’s no better time to act than now. It’s foolish to assert that a shirt calls to arms—it isn’t foolish to think the people wearing them won’t come to act.


Previous Work to Inform This Project

2016 “Beasts of Burden”

Facial Ilustrations sewn and assembled into garments. All the facial motifs, I made. My collaborator, Kristin made them tangible in clothing form.

“We talk of the struggle of man; there is an intrinsic relationship between a man and his clothes. We explore the physicality of a man’s work: his burden, his trials and the unspoken art of balancing the weight of his work and the toll it takes over time.”


Domination Projects First Broadcast from Ameer Carter on Vimeo.

Last update: September 29, 2020