i feel so proud. a brief suggestion in the comments section of a blog post where jaakko mentioned that he had come across a small book of early 20th century patterns of recession time clothing for children culminated last weekend at the opening of haaksirikkoutuneet – shipwrecked.
for some months before he had taken the time to transform the simple and frugal patterns into adult wear utilizing recycled materials. during the process his wide inspirational background took over and added depth to the garments: he approached themes of masculinity and decorativeness through adding subtle and not so inconspicuous markings of pearly queens and kings, punk aesthetic, sailor tattoos and traditional handicrafts. the collection became a sampling of simultaneous subcultural thriving and survival in the midst of economic uncertainty.
when another friend stepped in and promised to shoot photos of the collection, the entire project came full circle. tatu had explored the themes of masculinity earlier in his own video works, and he shot jaakko wearing the clothes into four(?) still-image videos. the resulting clips are stunning. here's a small taster of what to expect:
©jaakko mäkinen & tatu hiltunen, click to enlarge.
thus, we partied last friday. the small turku gallery was filled with friends and the finlandia vodka punch more than culturally intoxicating.
photos snatched from here. 1. me wearing oversize tee by mm6 martin margiela, denim from drkshdw rick owens and boots by alexander wang; 2. the artists themselves; 3. the punch.
their stuff is at galleria b until 28 march. go see!