In a idealistic world, we would only buy quality goods from local designers and understand that in the end, it is our decisions that determine whether land fills start to pile into our back yards, or that hundreds of thousands of pounds of “end of season clothing” is either discarded or shipped to other countries, only to be piled up in their back yards.
To put a bit of a rainbow on this slew of negativity, some creative minds have taken this concept, and tried to bring awareness to these issues through sculpture. They have taken piles of discarded clothing, and displayed pieces of beauty. If not for anything else, they help to draw our attention away from the cookie cutter regularity of the individual items and to focus on a bigger picture, whatever that happens to be for each participant. Each of the artist show below (in order of appearance, Naoko Yoshimoto, Derick Melander, Jarod Charzewski, Tamara Kostianovsky, , Guerra de la Paz (Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz), have all found their way to use clothing as a medium to express there point of view.
"Clothing has this natural connection to the people who wore it,” ..... “I’m making artwork that’s like a collective portrait... it’s a symbolic gesture where I’m compressing the space between people.”
items in his work are stacked so they are easily taken apart and reusable.
“I’m eco-conscious as a person,” ..... “It’s part of who I am and naturally ends up having a place in my artwork as well.”......“It’s important that people understand the magnitude of the issue .... It’s important for people to see it.”
Guerra de la Paz
(Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz)