interaction design + literary arts

Animation of some of the possible t-shirt combinations.

A mockup of one of the shirts.

united - t-shirt collection

United is a t-shirt collection that features a recombinant poem. The words printed on the shirts form two-part verses of a poem, and are meant to be worn as pairs—two people, standing side by side. There are many possible combinations: each shirt’s word or phrase can be paired with another shirt in the united collection.

The inspiration for this project came during the run up to the 2016 US presidential election, when I observed deep divisions in the country’s response to the two candidates. The hate directed towards Hilary Clinton in particular was revealing about the status of women in this society.

The three bars represent stylized wings, bird or angel, it’s up to you. They support and lift up the words of the poem.

T-shirts available for purchase at Print All Over Me. Buy two, one for you and one for a pal. Wear them together and send me a photo. Wear them apart and composite with split screen on social media. Tag the project #unitedpoem and tag me, too: @technekai.

Here is the full text of the poem, each shirt is printed with one line of the poem:

we stand
for us
without walls
with her
against hate

unite (v.) from Late Latin unitus, past participle of unire "to unite, make into one" (transitive), from Latin unus "one" (from Proto-Indo-European root *oi-no- "one, unique"). In use since 15th c. Source

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