A tribute to the creative process of artisans.
T-shirts are a part of daily life. Often overlooked except to the graphic tee enthusiast or the creator of the garment itself. Its a perfect medium for making a statement about goods and creative processes that go unrecognized.
Each tee in this series uses an American made garment, produced in California, ink and other silk screening tools by another USA brand, Speedball. The image on each shirt was printed by a process called screen printing. In this instance the design was painted on the screen with drawing fluid. Once dried the rest of the screen was filled in with a screen filler. The filler set and the drawing fluid was washed out.
The printing process was performed 5 times over the course of a month in 2008 as a photographically documented piece of performance art. Each piece was produced in the same location, on the floor of an apartment in Harlem, NYC. The tools used, and the methods of pushing the ink through the screen varied greatly, as did the colors of the ink.
The spontaneous and
The Million Dollar T-shirt is the only piece in the series that crosses over into wearable art. It's undergone a protective process that enables it to be worn and washed like any other graphic tee. Other pieces in the series would be destroyed under the same conditions.
The hope is to gain peoples attention in order to have a deeper conversation about craftsmanship, the true cost of production,
bring some attention to the creative process of artisans intent is to stand as a conceptual bridge between laborers and jet setters, creatives and CEOs. The Million Dollar T-shirt has
To engage the public and involve them in the creative process, the final stage of the
A tee shirt can be worn by anyone, but the Million Dollar T-shirt can only be worn or owned by someone who understands and supports its message.
To engage the pubic in the conversation, the creative process has been stalled and will only move onto the next phase once the Million Dollar T-shirt has been sold.