Inspired by the original garment tag which reads: “Assembled in Mexico of USA Components.” Emblematic of the outsourcing of our American garment industry after the 1994 NAFTA came into effect. Highlighting the human cost of a cheap labor force, consisting primarily of economically vulnerable women who create The Clothes We Wear, in factories where gender-based violence is commonplace.
36"x10"x6" Deconstructed St. John's Bay Men's t shirt sourced from the MAC Quarterly Clothing Swap, Embroidery threads sourced from Who Gives A Scrap, Encaustic medium, Wire by Sheary Clough Suiter
The nature of today's fashion industry is to discard and replace; in the United States, a staggering 85 percent of our textiles go to the dump each year; the equivalent of one garbage truck of clothing burned or dumped in a landfill every second. These free-hanging sculptures seek to re-envision and re-purpose articles of clothing that might otherwise end up in landfills.