Fused Seams

Fused Seams

2015

 

repurposing, fashion, deconstruction, cotton, instant combustion magic trick string

 

This speculative design is an exaggeration of planned obsolescence. The seams of this shirt were sewn with a fuse and when ignited it “unravels” by self-destructing. This subversive process reflects the philosophy behind the method of production that these objects were made with— they were not meant to last. But this act also hints at future possibilities: What if one could disassemble an old tshirt in this way and thus allow the fabric to be easily used for another purpose?