Honors College Theses

Date

2021

Major

Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Addie Martindale

Abstract

The neurological condition known as Synesthesia is a condition that changes the way that the world is perceived for the affected individual. Altering the brain’s interpretations of sensory input means that when one sense is triggered, it can create a neuro-domino effect and trigger an otherwise completely unrelated sense. It comes in many forms, and no two are exactly alike. While there is a possibility of two Synesthetes having the same trigger and response senses, Synesthesia is so unpredictable that it is nearly impossible for two synesthetes to have the exact same experience. In this work, the researcher possesses a form of Synesthesia that connects emotions to color, meaning that each emotion has a corresponding visual color. The goal of this theatrical artwear collection is to take this abstract form of color and emotion and use them to share this perception of the world in a more tangible way. Each design is digitally rendered using Adobe Photoshop as well as physically created in the form of ⅓ scale dolls using design elements of color, material, texture, accessories, and details to best convey Synesthesia.

Thesis Summary

The neurological condition known as Synesthesia is a condition that changes the way that the world is perceived for the affected individual. Altering the brain’s interpretations of sensory input means that when one sense is triggered, it can create a neuro-domino effect and trigger an otherwise completely unrelated sense. It comes in many forms, and no two are exactly alike. While there is a possibility of two Synesthetes having the same trigger and response senses, Synesthesia is so unpredictable that it is nearly impossible for two synesthetes to have the exact same experience. In this work, the researcher possesses a form of Synesthesia that connects emotions to color, meaning that each emotion has a corresponding visual color. The goal of this theatrical artwear collection is to take this abstract form of color and emotion and use them to share this perception of the world in a more tangible way. Each design is digitally rendered using Adobe Photoshop as well as physically created in the form of ⅓ scale dolls using design elements of color, material, texture, accessories, and details to best convey Synesthesia.

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