ANTI FASHION WEEK EXHIBIT: A REVIEW
While many of us aspire to be a part of the glamour and artistic innovation that events such as New York Fashion Week seem to represent, artist Elce Shawe deliberately chose to present her designs from a different angle at an event titled SculptHER Anti Fashion Week Exhibition, hosted by The Living Gallery in Bushwick on Monday, February 13th.
The event was stripped of all pretense; set in a cozy space accented by burning candles, the collection was delicately pinned and draped across two perpendicular strings which hung from the gallery’s ceiling.
For this reason, Shawe’s sculpture–which defies corporate conventions of production processes and standards–is meant to represent a “fine arts approach” to design as well as, as described by the artist herself, “the antithesis of the current global position on fashion.”
Each and every one of Shawe’s pieces is one-of-a-kind; they are not meant to be mass produced or duplicated in any way. The collection is created from patternless fabrics which are crafted from torn segments of raw silk, and boiled with vinegar and berry, tumeric, or coffee to give them their natural coloring. After being colored, the silk is washed with essential oils and sewed together in a process that is methodical to the point of ritualism, as described on the artist’s website. In the “about” section, Shawe describes how “the pieces were created to fray and to fade, giving them an existence of their own as they experience life overtime.”