The creation of a memory begins with its perception: A visual pattern is observed. A sound is heard. A touch is felt. A scent is identified. In a fraction of a second, this sensory information is registered and lingers for just a brief moment.
After that first flicker, the sensation is stored in our short-term memory. Limited in its capacity and fleeting in nature, short-term memories will decay rapidly if not recalled or reused regularly. But through association and rehearsal, short-term can become long-term. Lasting from days to decades, our ability to store long-term memories is infinite. Some spring to mind easily, while others require prompts or reminders to bring fuzzy thoughts into sharp focus.
Our garment explores the juxtaposition between short-term and long-term memories. An ethereal outer layer of fabric fibers and thin strips of wood veneer represent the fragility of short-term memories. Small pops of vibrant color stand out amidst a neutral backdrop of earthy neutrals like electric moments of initial sensory perception.
The flexible, short-term layer floats above an armor-like bodice. Symbolizing long-term memories, the structured bodice is tightly woven from wood veneer. Its material embodies history, roots, and is marked by what came before. Sepia hues elicit notions of the past, and its solid construction contrasts purposefully with the malleable outer layer.