Blues for a T-shirt
How many times in your life have you heard this question: Are you interested in fashion? Some of you probably have heard it too many times; some haven’t heard it at all. For us, fashion is not only the way people dress. It is not about accessories, high heels, hats, scarves or jewellery. We do not look at sizes, patterns or shapes – we treat it as yet another medium of expression. Only in recent years, others realized something that has been obvious for us from the very beginning. Fashion is a form of art. For a dress you can pay as much as for a painting. Alexander MacQueen is a genius just like Jackson Pollock or Alphonse Mucha, and there is nothing but the truth about it.
We cannot remember when exactly we started creating out own clothes. In elementary school, we would create crazy outfits from various odds and ends. Hand painted hair bands, necklaces made from white dyed horse-chestnuts or dry berries were hits among our friends in high school. Mal produced tens of friendship bracelets from multi coloured wool as gifts for holidays and birthdays and even sewn a logo of Fear Factory that Rita proudly displayed on her school bag. We would also design and complete our own Halloween costumes and later cosplay outfits for manga conventions. Outgrown prom dress was turned into Ayane costume from Dead or Alive series and an old wedding dress helped us to become a witch for a fantasy convention meeting. Taking part in summer LARP games was a bit of hard work but then, we would play as a wild cat (in a fur bikini) and an apprentice elementalist.
If we lacked the skills, then we would hire a professional tailor or look for a different solution. Turning into Maya from “Parasite Eve” took us to an opera house from where we borrowed a real velvet stage dress used by opera singers that weighted 12 kilograms!
Becoming Lucca from “Chrono Trigger” required borrowing a yellow karate gi from a martial art club and a bike helmet. Imagination has always helped us to take the first cosplay prizes home 🙂
From all our creations, we always enjoyed making the t-shirts the most. For hours, we would sit in the kitchen, sketching designs on breakfast paper and coming up with various funny slogans and come back lines. In high school, we were buying plain black shirts and then decorating them using house bleach. We have created shirts for every occasion and purpose. A shirt with writing “LOST Angeles” on it was used as an outfit for a movie premiere of “Escape from L.A”. During long and boring school days we would wear tee saying “De profundis clamavi ad te Domine” in the front and “…Get me OUTTA here!!” in the back. Our favourite shirts were the ones we made for Ozzfest festival in Katowice. Mal has presented herself to Sharon Osbourne wearing a shirt saying “East of West, Ozzfest’s best” and Rita was sitting on Coal Chambers’s equipment shuffling her feet, having on a shirt that was screaming “I’m not going to heaven, I’m going to Ozzfest!”.
Today, using a house bleach is not the best (and the most fashionable!) way to create a shirt. For a new project, we came up a unique design. It is called “Archetype-Replica” and consists of two shirt design.
The first called simply “Archetype” is made on a cold pressed paper using ecoline, acrylic paints, glitter and glue. The writing has been created using letters cut from a thin paper and then glued to the surface before the background was painted. The letters were then removed revealing the graffiti type logo and covered with varnished to harden the entire design.
The red colour means blood and fighting for freedom.
If you want to see this design at Rita`s Deviant Art account please click:
The close up of the Archetype logo shows the structure of the paper and the faint lines where the letters have been attached before:
or alternatively please click HERE
The second design is called Replica – this is Rita’s favourite. The colours symbolize transgression, or passing maybe. This is calmer side of things. Post fighting period that is like water, calm but also very dangerous.
For a better copy please click below to visit Rita`s Deviant ART account:
Replica has been made with ecoline, acrylics, watercolours and ink on cold pressed paper. The logo is also graffiti like.
Alternatively please click below to see the design close up:
The artworks will be scanned in high resolution and then printed professionally on t-shirts.
The final result will be also posted on the blog.
But this is a theme for another entry and for another day.
For now enjoy this short and sweet blues for a t-shirt 🙂
Rita and Mal