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Scholarship Shirt

Added Jul 16, 2011

by kanamithedre...

Murfreesboro, Te...




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Before I entered college, I had the opportunity to win a $1000 scholarship by reconstructing a t-shirt. The rule was that it had to start with a white shirt, and whatever we did to it was accepted. I gathered some fabric markers and fabric paint spray from Michaels, grabbed my scissors, and got to work. I drew vines all over the front and back of the shirt (the back has a lace-up using the bottom hem of the shirt as lacing). To give it a darker look, I sprayed black all over it. Finally, using stuff that I cannot remember the name of (the stuff that’s red), I wrote “This is the way the world ends” in kanji from T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men. The final symbol I wrote was the alchemic symbol for arsenic. I was shocked when my shirt was brought into the room. The speaker jokingly said he would model it, and I (still in shock that my shirt won) jumped up and shouted “No! Don’t!”. They were also a little disturbed when I translated the writing. Oh well, it was fun.

Material Notes

White t-shirt, spray paint for fabric, fabric marker




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Geek, Grunge, Punk

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    Jul 16, 2011, 08.38 PMby Ashley Doll

    Did you make any more t-shirts after that?

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      Jul 17, 2011, 02.17 PMby kanamithedreamer

      Not really; I’m not very good at reconstructing projects. I am, however, working on some graphic tee’s for class.

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    Jul 16, 2011, 06.07 PMby arock

    A t-shirt with an amazing history! So fun:)

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    Jul 16, 2011, 05.29 PMby joyful-d

    Very cool! I love it.

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