Untitled (Cody and the caladium – to be continued). KAVIR MOOTOO WITH CODY BRAITHWAITE, 2020. Hand-painted/printed ONE-OFF T-shirt. Organic cotton, sweatshop-free. Unisex XL.
I have a lot of unfinished work (clothes, canvas/board, discarded materials) and decided instead of starting new pieces to finish what I started for 2 reasons – to not waste the earth’s resources and the people-power that were put into making those items! and b/c I don’t have money to buy new T-shirts or canvasses. Even though I’m very grateful for the sales and support I’ve been receiving, it’s amazing how you can watch your money when you put your mind to it!!! (when you’re trying to ‘adult’ – whatever that means 😳)
This piece was started 3 years ago. I was doing linocuts at the time and T-shirts with fellow creative Cody Caspa Braithwaite. He did the stencil of a squid. It stayed with the squid and the linocut until earlier this year.
A few months ago, I painted on the front and again it ‘sat.’ I recently ‘finished’ it.
But it’s not finished! I see that so much more can be done on it over time. There are all those ‘empty’ spaces. These can be painted or words added, or things sewn on. These are some of the ways we can keep what we have or acquire for as long as possible and be sustainable in how we dress.
Offered as part of #artistsupportpledge on Instagram (see photos for details).