Ali Kushner

1st Year Sophomore Design & Construction

The pursuit of healing, both physically and emotionally, has been a major global focus this past year. For this project, I explored an form of healing alternative to modern medicine; that of the natural world. Plants have been used throughout time for their medicinal properties. Additionally, they are connected to healing within spirituality. To learn about this connection, I researched paganism, a religion that worships nature. The relationship between humanity and the Earth, and healing each through the other, is deeply ingrained in this faith. I am intrigued by the substantial overlap between plants with medicinal properties and those with spiritual meaning. I wanted to link these qualities together in a garment, using pagan symbolism and the plants themselves in aesthetic and function.