Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Textiles

First Advisor

Mary Anne Friel

Second Advisor

Anna Gitelson-Kahn

Third Advisor

Amy Horschak

Abstract

‘Capes Make The Man’ is a project that provided me with the opportunity to grow as a designer and an artist. Over the last two years at RISD, I’ve frequently asked myself questions about my place and role as a man in the United Arab Emirates, and what awaits when I move back after graduating. Using personal narratives and cultural symbols from home, I bring to life the archetypes I carry as a mature masculine – my king, warrior, magician, lover and dancer. The end result is a series of bold, wearable capes, resembling stage costumes worn by pop stars on concert tours. Through a combination of screen printing, dyeing and embroidery techniques, the capes visually contextualize these archetypes, what they personally mean to me and the characters I embody when caped.

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