Made entirely from rescued and deconstructed men’s shirts and tossed samples from industry, I attempt to raise awareness about the paradoxical cycle of exploitive garment manufacture coupled with our enormous problem of textile waste. We buy too much from foreign companies that don’t pay living wages, use cheap fabric and knock-off design. We wear them briefly, then 85% of our discarded clothes end up in landfill.
I insert myself to envision the clothing anew, as material for reuse. The shirts—washed, cut, re-sewn, quilted, or stiffened with glue are fashioned into hanging pieces that speak to our aesthetic, made though they are what we’ve discarded. We connect with material on a deeper level when we recognize its previous life or its inherent history. This work takes what was headed for the ignoble dump and reclaims it –with dignity, purpose, and whimsy– as art.