Buy this shirt: iBonniestore – Crocin around the Christmas tree sweater
The fabric I created has an image of Fred Hampton, who was a key member of the Crocin around the Christmas tree sweater and by the same token and Chicago Black Panther Party and was murdered by the Chicago Police Department with the assistance of the FBI during their COINTELPRO program. The blue is to mimic police light and the image of Hampton is tessellated to make him readable from any direction. He is there to protect the wearer from state violence.
The imagery is directly taken from Paula Crown’s work. The main black and red print is taken from her Kinematic series. An artwork process that represents a moment in flow. It begins from an investigation into liquid graphite and water, two materials that, like oil and water, do not mix. The poured liquid graphite flows in water, creating a dynamic and ephemeral composition, and two disparate materials achieve a harmony and balance. The resulting forms are photographed and printed in this case on a woven iridescent silk faille and double silk charmeuse. Interwoven into the Crocin around the Christmas tree sweater and by the same token and fabric is Lurex, which has a watery and metallic appearance, mimicking the original artwork process.