How many times have you taken a ride in a bus without even noticing the material its seats were made from? Buses and trains use fabric designs that are drab and somewhat painful to look at, but they are meant to withstand both – trends that change every month and time that will make even the coolest design look dull in a year or so. Menja Stevenson is unlike most people and looks closely at the things surrounding her. She got inspired by the fabric designs used by German transportation companies and decided to turn them into works of art, combining unique clothing, photography, and a bit of social experiment.
Here’s what happened!
Menja Stevenson started her Bustour project back in 2006 inspired by the accident-resistant fabric she saw in buses. That’s when she started contacting the transportation companies to get the fabric that is usually not for sale. It’s limited edition!
When she finally got all the necessary material and created the clothing, it was time to put it to test. She carefully placed herself inside the buses wearing the exact same pattern as the seats fabric. Can you imagine what happened?
To the artist’s surprise, most people didn’t even make the connection between the fabric she was wearing and the one they were sitting on!
Some of the passengers were curious to see her blend with the seat, others took notice and looked away shyly, yet most of them didn’t even notice what was going on. Did they think it was all just a coincidence? This tells a lot about modern society.
Not all people pay attention to detail like Menja Stevenson, but she was quite surprised by the reaction or rather by the lack of such. She thinks that’s happened because we don’t really notice everyday things, getting their imprints only on subconscious level. That’s why some people ignore them even when they’re staring them in the face!
Menja Stevenson wanted to highlight this ‘invisible fabric’, turning it into a form of art. Thus, making the invisible seen to as many people as possible. Sometimes you can draw people’s attention only via a social experiment. And that’s exactly what she did!
The artist admitted that clothes made with these fabrics were a nightmare to wear. She was sweating like crazy and wearing them felt like wearing knight’s armour. It was heavy and far from confortable, but it was still worth all the effort.