Each 3D printed patch is crowdsourced from a New Media graduate, class of 2020 and some of its faculty. All the patterns are printed onto a mesh fabric and quilted together, forming a vest. The vest hugs and protects its carrier. Different colours are placed beside each other forming a community that is diverse and stable. The vest is a reflection of the New Media’s core strength; its community.
On January 8, 2020, a Ukrainian airliner crashed in Iran killing 176 people. One of them was 21-year old Zeynab Asadi-Lari returning from visiting her family in Iran. She was a science student at UTM and a huge advocate for mental health. Losing her made me value the communities that I am in and to love every human that passes though my life unconditionally. The New Media community has not only been a learning space but also a second home. This vest is a proclamation - “I love you” - to every single New Media member before we all go our separate ways.