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Post from Juxtapose II

Juxtapose II | Projects | Coral Community | Writing

  • Description: Jackson and I designed and created a wearable for Michelle. Michelle is an adult living with cerebral palsy. We made a wearable for her to dance/perform in at the On Display shows. 



    I tend to take things for granted. I complain about being "starving " when I haven't eaten in three hours; and I complain about being tired when I haven't slept and 11. I complain that my body hurts after being able to play for a full lacrosse game. Juxtapose studio has exposed me to people and issues that I simply could not relate with. I still don't have cerebral palsy, and I still don't have to endure the pain of people staring at me all the time, but this project give me a window into what disabled people go through. I am grateful for this opportunity to help me continue to grow as a person as I am learning The lifestyles of others, specifically different than my own.


    In the studio we made a chest piece wearable designed for Michelle. Cerebral palsy is a disorder that relates to movement, muscle tone, and posture. It affects the muscle coordination within a body.  Michele expressed her feelings I would never being welcome to the table. When she said this, the The saying struck home for us. Also expressed her love for see life, and relating this to we came up with the idea of making a wearable representative of the coral reef. The coral reef represent the community. We love the fact that the reef expresses beauty and uniqueness. There are no two rooms that are the same. Please to ideals went directly into Michelle's wearable.


    I wearable is the chest piece made out of felt with different screw in attachments there are two different types of appendages we made. There is the seaweed appendage which is felt that is laser cut, and have a wire sewn in through the middle so it can be easily warped around Michelle or her balancing tools. The other type of appendage representative of the turtle shell these are wood blocks, if you will attached by a joint that we made in the form web. Do you supposed to represent the turtle shell. Not only a part of sea life, I also have a hard exterior. We believe that Michelle has a hard exterior as she has in doored a lot in her life.