Memories are our most cherished possessions. Without them we are left with truly nothing. The fear of losing who we are, what we have accomplished, survived, and struggled for, lives within all of us. It is something that is beyond the physical. And we can’t stop it, cure it, or rebuild it once lost. The power of forgetting can indeed be our most detrimental vice.
Beauty exists in the remnants of our memories. The footprints we leave through our daily life. Perhaps this is why we cling to the vintage. We are desperately grasping at the past, to not forget the history of those who have lived before us, and those before them. These memories, leave us with an impression, an imprint. It is rare that we can recall every detail, every solitary moment, but we know the feeling, the bones of it, the inside.
When settling down to develop my next pieces for Not That Young, I felt very strongly bound to this idea of the memory of objects. How could I represent in a tactile way the impression of a memory?
Without delving too deeply into the details of each garment, I wanted to show its structure, its inside. At its core, what held it together. Similar to how we recall memories, details are left out and blurred, only selected moments are visible. Our memories are sewn together, and we remember the focal points. The imprint of the stitches holding the garments together reveal the story of each garment, showing its craftsmanship and identity.
I have developed some t-shirts around this concept. Using the method I developed in the Fingerprint Experiment, I have taken the most prominent features of garments, sewn samples of each and placed them on my shirts. Using my fingers I push fabric paint through my sewn samples. Once the sewn pieces are removed from the shirts, we are left with an impression, a memory of what was once there.
All of the shirts I have made so far are samples… but are for sale. Prices range between 35-45 per shirt.
You can customized with each order, such as shortening the sleeves, v-neck or crew neck collar, details on pockets or vest, and paint colour. Any shirt can also be transformed into a singlet (tank top). The objective is to create shirts that are unique to each customer, put your spin on it, create the imprint of your memory.
Single pocket t-shirt – small 35.00
Mini vest and pocket t-shirt – large 45.00
Henley front shirt with two patch pockets – medium 45.00
Single pocket with buttonhole – medium 35.00
Vest with single pocket – large 45.00
Please feel free to contact me with any requests, questions… anything at all.
Long live NOT THAT YOUNG!!!