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Marked Damage
Clothing passes between people through yard sales, thrift shops, and dumpster dives. Individual items collect stories over time, and damage marks give voice to these stories. But what do they mean? We’ll probably never really know. In this series, I labeled and described damage and wear marks on clothing purchased at thrift shops in Boston. The marks were there, but the stories were fictional. While rummaging through many thrift store racks, items that stood out were one of two things: particularly valuable, or particularly worn-out. This contrast allowed me to look at damage in a fastidious, playful way that questioned value and preservation. I experimented with making paper copies that were hand-sewed together with contrasting thread.
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