believing in no boundaries
bearing no baggage
itineraries of flux and drift
charted in the use and reuse of materials
messages scrawled on the sleeve of a jacket
nomadic, adaptable, windproof, unique, practical, water resistant, featherweight and easy to wear
post industrial folk wear by mau is a collection of contemporary street wear made out of the ubiquitous modern material tyvek. Wardrobe staples and accessories are simply built: with all detail emerging from construction decisions.
The material is a high performance non woven taken from construction, graphics, and stationary trades and adapted and manipulated here for personal use. This is not the same tyvek of souvenir jackets and bike race pinnies. Along with excellent performance properties, this material looks deceptively fragile and perishable like paper but is in fact a tough and resistant modern material. Over time the garment becomes like chamois leather. Each garment comes in a little bag and weighs less than half pound.
The work is designed in an old textile factory building in the Hudson Valley and sewn either by mau and a couple of friends or in the case of large orders in the NYC Garment District under the auspices of the Garment Industry Development Corporation, City of New York with master tailor Mr Wu and his small shop of amazing seamstresses.
The material is made in the USA of 25% recycled material, surplus materials are gathered from local exchanges and design studio scraps are recycled. mau also has a recycling program.
To see mau's work as an artist check out this video of The Mine Project: DaDa Spill - the first of a series of experimental performance/installation and crowd projects done with Kate Hamilton that took place last summer in an abandoned cement mine in the Hudson Valley.