‘Time with the maker.’ Kavir Mootoo, 2020. Hand-painted One-off 100% cotton previously-owned shirt. Unisex *M*
This piece is from my new collection, ‘CHOICES.’
The best way to be sustainable in our clothing choices is to use what we already have. A new piece could be wanted but it doesn’t have to mean an entirely new piece. It can come from what we already own.
This shirt was given new life in what became a lovely experience.
It was made, maybe, in India and I wondered who made it. I imagined it was a man. I imagined him working. I wondered if he enjoyed making it. I thought he was in his mid 30’s and that he did enjoy making it. It was well-made! – I wanted to honour him and his work.
Looking at the stitching and tracing it was meditative – felt reverent and I loved this process. We, ‘he’ and I worked on this shirt together.
This shirt’s life could be extended with new looks over time. This is hinted at by the question marks in photo #7
This piece is available as part of the #artistsupportpledge on Instagram which is a generous culture and dynamic economy in support of artists and makers around the world. (Please see photos for details).