‘Sexy and sustainable.’ Kavir Mootoo, 2020. Unisex medium. 100% cotton. Upcycled shirt.
This is one of the pieces/paintings that I at last week’s POS Fashion Week, from my new collection called ‘CHOICES’.
We are being called to have less impact on the earth – to take less resources from it. One way to do this is to use what we already have, and this includes clothing.
This shirt that was my father’s was given a new look and life. I wanted to honour the check pattern that existed. Was inspired by this and by the stunning photographs in Boston photographer Shane Taremi’s ‘Unreal Reality’ body of work (one of them is shown in the second-to-last photo). A building is built to last a long time – it also carries a history. A piece of clothing, like a building, could also last a long time. It has a history too and could be art – public art just like the buildings in Mr. Taremi’s photos. Shouldn’t everything around us be interesting?
I marked out rectangles to mimic the shapes of paintings that invite future work. A rectangle can be habitated by an orange custom-made applique. A square can have a red painting in it. The rectangle down the middle on the front can be done in lace. The possibilities are limited only by imagination.
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).