Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Mary Anne Friel
‘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.
Mezaina, Khalid, "Capes make the man" (2018). Masters Theses. 253.
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