Abstract

The research and visual experimentations included in Female Friendship: Strength Found Through Support explore the evolving nature of female friendships and the impact that friendships have on a female’s life––in the form of an eight look fashion collection. The most intimate and tenuous relationships in a woman’s life are typically with her female friends. With the integration of the Internet and social media into twenty-first century human interactions and friendships, there is a considerable amount of research to uncover in the nature of relationships. The following research touches upon the psychology in female friendships, and what has changed in the dynamics of friendship in the last several centuries. After researching visual iterations of female friendships, the continuous repeated image of various girls and women braiding each other’s hair, throughout many cultures, was interpreted in a hand-sewn smocking technique throughout the collection to mimic a braid. A girlish childhood symbol of friendship, the “friendship bracelet”, is researched and included in a textile exploration in the form of hand drawn/designed laser cut acrylic pieces and hand woven bracelet ties that create a colorful, tactile textile relating friendship to memory and childhood. The conclusive visual research within the collection is illustrated in a literal, visual compilation of a fabric print composed of hand-written personal experiences and accounts from twenty women that I surveyed, entailing varying excerpts of the many experiences with the female friendships in their lives, printed on different fabrics and included in many different pieces of the collection.

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The research included in Female Friendship: Strength Found Through Support explore the evolving nature of female friendships and the impact that friendships have on a female’s life––in the form of an eight look fashion collection. The following research touches upon the psychology in female friendships, and what has changed in the dynamics of friendship in the last several centuries. The conclusive visual research within the collection is illustrated in a literal, visual compilation of a fabric print composed of hand-written personal experiences and accounts from twenty women that I surveyed, entailing varying excerpts of the many experiences with the female friendships in their lives, printed on different fabrics and included in many different pieces of the collection.

Research Category

Art/Fashion

Author Information

Lydia StaterFollow

Primary Author's Major

Fashion Design

Mentor #1 Information

Linda Ohrn

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Women's Studies

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Female Friendship: Strength Found Through Support

The research and visual experimentations included in Female Friendship: Strength Found Through Support explore the evolving nature of female friendships and the impact that friendships have on a female’s life––in the form of an eight look fashion collection. The most intimate and tenuous relationships in a woman’s life are typically with her female friends. With the integration of the Internet and social media into twenty-first century human interactions and friendships, there is a considerable amount of research to uncover in the nature of relationships. The following research touches upon the psychology in female friendships, and what has changed in the dynamics of friendship in the last several centuries. After researching visual iterations of female friendships, the continuous repeated image of various girls and women braiding each other’s hair, throughout many cultures, was interpreted in a hand-sewn smocking technique throughout the collection to mimic a braid. A girlish childhood symbol of friendship, the “friendship bracelet”, is researched and included in a textile exploration in the form of hand drawn/designed laser cut acrylic pieces and hand woven bracelet ties that create a colorful, tactile textile relating friendship to memory and childhood. The conclusive visual research within the collection is illustrated in a literal, visual compilation of a fabric print composed of hand-written personal experiences and accounts from twenty women that I surveyed, entailing varying excerpts of the many experiences with the female friendships in their lives, printed on different fabrics and included in many different pieces of the collection.