This garment is one of one and utilizes a pre owned Russel crewneck sweatshirt as the base.
Color: GREY/DYED/NEON GREEN
Size: Mens L
Pit to Pit 25.5"
Top of shoulder to bottom hem 28"
Crewneck sweatshirt is made of cotton with light wear, faded coloring and small discoloration spots.
*Due to the process of creating this product, the back has a stiffer feel then the rest of the garment and the inside of the garment has the embroidery backing still inside.
Each piece is a one of a kind wearable art piece and made from pre existing garments and textiles.
With machine embroidery being used as the medium we experimented with different techniques to push the boundaries of what kind of graphics and textile textures we could create.
The techniques used were selected and adapted differently for each garment. Different layering arrangements and appliqué fabrics were used to fill in some of the IKIGAI lettering and PEAK design.
The thread colors, fabric appliqué materials and placements for each piece are carefully thought out and chosen. The appliqué materials used for fills are sourced from existing garments ranging from corduroy pants to uniquely dyed cotton polo shirts and even a couple table cloths.
Sometimes this color selection and fabric selection process can take us a couple hours or we sit on the idea and let the multiple options resonate overnight before making a final decision.
When we finally feel like the selection of options feel right it’s time to start the embroidery process.
Each piece has 50,000 to 60,000 stitches and takes about 4 hours to create.
Every piece that has appliqué fabric fill goes through an hour long process where the fabric is stitched down into place and then we hand cut the design out of the fabric. Once the appliqué piece is carefully cut out we allow the machine to continue embroidering for a few more hours until the design is complete.
In terms of practicality, using embroidery to create a large graphic like this does not make sense as it is quite time consuming and labor intensive.
It would make much more sense to have a graphic like this screen printed on a garment but nonsensical methods and exploration is what we are all about!
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