Camouflage – Brynn Hawker

The leafy seadragon is a close relation of the sea horse found off the coast of Australia. It’s name comes from the leafy protrusions along its back which serve as camouflage.


Specifically, the seadragon attempts to look like seaweed floating through the water — in other words, like debris. For this project we were asked to consider our camouflaging environment to be the Visual Arts building and surrounding areas.

So what kind of debris do we have lying around the Visual Arts building? Because students are constantly drawing on and nailing into the walls, the walls are perpetually being repainted. As such, it’s very common to see painting supplies — brushes, paint cans, drop cloths etc. — left lying around the building.

So the construction of a drop cloth/cloak of invisibility began.

As the project developed and more pieces were added (see the helmet above) an idea started to form. The cloak was becoming more than simple camouflage, it was a uniform, the ceremonial garb of the visual art’s student. This lead to the cloak having a long train (with attached paint bucket) and the helmet from above in addition to “war paint” (wall paint) on my cheeks.

The cloak could be deployed to conceal the user on the ground and look like a pile of used painting supplies.