The Concept

by Molly Sydnor

A quick raw preview into my brain, concept, and the ideas behind Soft Serve... (This is not well is a journal... I am still brainstorming through the statement process)

I was listening to a podcast that featured a woman who was raising biracial children. She didn't understand what it meant to be black, live black, experience life less privileged in this "post racial society" everyone keeps talking about. That is, until she experienced oppression through her children. She told a couple stories about the racism they received, how it made her feel, and how hard it was to explain to her children. The thing that stood out to me was her feelings on the word "Mixed". She said people ask her what her kids are mixed with and her reaction is "they are not an ice cream flavor". This was the birth of "Soft Serve" the concept.

Photograph by Paxton Maroney from The Pin Show 2017

Photograph by Paxton Maroney from The Pin Show 2017

Brainstorming words: (abbreviated list)






















What are you mixed with?

Who are you?

Where are you from?

What are you?

Textile is appropriated. Blackness is also appropriated. Both are used, abused, and their history is ignored. The history of textile has changed from a technique longed to master from culture to culture, to a quick trend. Digitally printed onto random material for fast fashion, to be worn and then thrown away...disregarded. Why am I constantly seeing bogolanfini, a traditional mud dye technique from Mali, being printed on stretch leggings at urban outfitters? Why are the Kardashians wearing corn rows, box braids, big butts, and full lips? Why is Ikat... a very complex and complicated woven technique being printed? I ask myself these questions as I weave scraps of different fibers found, cut, salvaged. I play with the juxtaposition of color and material.. reused tshirts and scrap yarn that would have otherwise be tossed out, just like the history of my ancestors and the masters of these traditional textile crafts.  

I wanted to work with the ideas of dualities. Knits vs Wovens, White vs. Black, textured vs. smooth, translucent vs. opaque. I am pushing and pulling fashion and sculpture, Fashion vs. Sculpture. In hopes to draw in the attention to the Avant garde sculpture of my textile, the fashion begins to pop. Are you drawn in? Good! Now that I have your attention... hear my concept. Hear my ideas. I hide conceptual ideas in bright fun artwork. I want to visually stimulate you with hidden layers of storytelling about the complexity of race and sex vs the simplicities of humanity. This is the human experience. How do we take up space in relation to one another? This brings soft serve full circle... what are you mixed with?



Fashionable Designer

by Molly Sydnor

Although Tono Santo is technically more photography than fashion.... the mood of his image on the left is DOPE! That is what I am going for... this is how I get inspired!


Since I dropped off my garments for the show, I have been dying of boredom! That being said, I have decided to attempt making my outfit for the show in semi-cohesion with my line. I already had an outfit in mind, but if I can make something better what the hell right? Here are some things from my pintrest that are currently on my mind.

Im pretty hooked on the jumpsuits right now, have been for the last two years or so... Dont think that will change anytime soon! I will probably end up wearing that or something that looks close enough to a jumper. Pants are definitely going to be a must!

I started working on a uni last night, and am struggling with the cut outs. I made two uni's both varying the size hole and both times failed. Here is a possible solution i am considering... i am obsessed with it!

Yay? Nay? I guess we will find out. Looking forward to the show... oh my its less than two weeks out! Hope you grabbed some tickets!


by Molly Sydnor

I have new news... big news.... but I wont share it just yet! Almost unrelated... What I can say is that I am major art crushing on Camille Walala and Heather Day. For my latest project I am looking into murals.

When looking at wall art... its going to be that of these two!

Sooooooo obsessed! Give me life!

Also that rug ^^

The use of color, texture, shape, and freedom is why I am so drawn to these two very different artists. I cant wait to get this project moving.... key word moving!