Here we go again with a new Art Assignment! This week, Fritz Haeg tasked us with making a rug out of old clothing. I happened to have a bag of shirts I was planning on donating, but they were donated to the cause of art instead.
I cut as I went so I didn’t end up cutting shirts I didn’t need. I started out intending to rainbow out from the middle, but since I was missing yellow and green, this idea was scrapped.
I got a fair ways before realizing I was making more of a bag than a rug, so I had to let out a lot of it and start over, adding more stitches this time around.
When I was cutting the last few shirts, I got to one of my old University of Pennsylvania T’s that has the School of Arts and Sciences crest on it. It made me think about when I had purchased the shirt and all the memories at Penn, and I got kind of nostalgic and sad.
I really looked at all of the shirts I was using, some of which I’d had for eight years. Each one has a story, either of when I got it, when I would wear it, or whom it reminded me of. The center shirt was one I used to wear on Christmas Day, and the orange one was my Samhain shirt for school after I started exploring Wicca. Two of the shirts were Beatles T’s that my step mom had gotten me for Christmas, and one of the blue one’s was a gift from my mother in law from her trip to Israel. Two of them were Penn shirts, another from when I worked at a bar in college, and all of them had had a purpose at one time.
I realized that I was using objects from my past to create something for my future, and that’s how I like to live my life. All my choices build a foundation for who I am and what I do, including the bad choices. It made me realize that I’ve come farther than I thought, and I’m still moving forward. What was once clothing is now a very soft meditation rug.
I really enjoyed this art assignment, and I hope you guys will give it a shot. Function meets art and yields a result of which you’ll be proud. Mine even rolls up into a perfect travel pillow!