Dreams in Transition is a reflection and response focused on the dilemmas young immigrant women face in a cultural transition to a new society. The project explores the importance of semiosis in the materials used, the technology, and how popular culture affects the young generation. Design can take part in significant change by understanding and addressing power, race, class, and gender, thus promoting cultural exchange and social transformation. The project’s effect reinforces the sense of individuality and represents young women in a multidimensional approach, rather than just as immigrant women. Therefore, this project embraces their complex identities as a metamorphic construction. By working closely with the organization Papillon Bergen, I want my project to empower young women in all backgrounds and encourage them to tell their stories, express themselves, create opportunities and build a sense of trust and belonging.
The concept is a set of scarves that young girls can wear to statement their identities and lived experiences, using the feminist methodology to achieve our goal. In the first phase of this project, several young intercultural women participated in a comprehensive 12-week workshop. They visually shared their experiences to understand the importance of belonging, following your path, and being free to be who you want to be. The methods used are a combination of hand-painted color techniques and Augmented Reality (AR) which is now available on social media as a form of activism and empowerment. We reveal layers of representation through visual exploration and materialization of the concept of meaning-making. The goal is to communicate a message and reach out to as many people as possible. Technology can crowdsource any movement’s message and can be used as a tool for stimulating social change and increasing unheard voices.