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Clothes Minded is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of CLothes Mind must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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Eco-friendly fashion designer Isabel Varela and National Geographic explore Asher Jay have come together to host a three-day exhibit, “Clothes Minded,” focused on shedding light on the malpractices found within the fashion industry: mistreatment of employees, the probability of psychological damage, the insurmountable waste that occurs and more. 100% of profits from this event will be donated to initiatives supported by Clothes Minded and Make Your Own Bottle.
Isabel Varela is an eco-friendly fashion designer, environmental activist and sustainability advocated. She is on a mission to shed light on the negative influences within the fashion industry, and to increase awareness of more sustainable options. Using locally sourced fabrics and handcrafted production techniques, Isabel Varela offers a made-to-order curated collection of high end fashion pieces. She also founded the Revive Project as a way to give old clothing new life, and offers a custom tailoring services for one-of-a-kind bespoke pieces.
Isabel Varela hosts a variety of events and workshops each year, and is focusing her attention to promote a zero-waste lifestyle, and educating others with the ‘less is more’ approach.
National Geographic Explorer
Asher Jay is an artist and a National Geo-graphic explorer and public ﬁgure whose compelling paintings, sculptures, installations, animations, ad campaigns, and ﬁlms all have a single purpose: to in cite global action on behalf of wild life conservation. Jay opened two permanent exhibits at National Geographic Encounter in New York's Times Square - - a large scale wall-mounted work entitled Piece of the Planet , and an immersive, sound-scaped installation called "Message in a Bottle." Much of her best-known work spotlights the illegal ivory trade. In 2013, grassroots group March for Elephants asked her to visualize the blood ivory story on a huge, animated digital billboard also in main hub of the Big Apple, Times Square. Viewed by 1.5 million people, the internationally crowd-funded initiative aimed to provoke public pressure for revising laws that permit ivory to be imported, traded and sold. Asher also participated in the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York , where her oval ornament helped raise money for anti-poaching efforts in Amboseli.
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Bring awareness to healthier and most sustainable options in fashion by reviving and upcycling pieces using the ‘less is more’ approach.
Educating on the physical and psychological affects that the fashion industry can have on both the environment and humanity.
Highlight the challenges we face through a variety of mixed media and art, including video, design, sculptures and photography.
Empowering guests to make more sustainable choices and provide them with the tools to make more proactive decisions to further the sustainable movement
Isabel Varela will be showcasing three separate installations, highlighting the common challenges within the fashion industry.
Two 10ft dressforms sustainably built and dressed and designed by upcycling my personal wardrobe. I used over 100 pieces to signify the importance of using what we already have and saving these garments from going into the landfill! In the USA along, 10.5 million tons of clothing is sent to landfill which is 30 times as heavy as the empire state building. There 2 sculptures signify the physical effects the fashion industry has on environment. The male mannequin represents the ocean and the woman represents a landfill which is covered with textile waste, plastic, and other toxic filled trash.
This piece is created from my own personal experience with discrimination in the fashion industry. I believe and promote inner beauty and that YOU are enough and beautiful with or without any garment that you wear. This sculpture represents the tree of life with the branches created from all the different individuals that I have worked with, created custom clothing, and met in the past 18 years. It represents diversity, social justice, human rights, and inclusivity. Materials that I used were from deadstock fabric, and upcycling my wardrobe. I used an eco friendly resin to create the structure and included a range of clients, friends, business mentors to represent the branches.
A 6 part video series of my vulnerable yet powerful journey from fashion addict to fashion advocate. I take the viewer through a day in my life through 6 different times in my life. These specific times in my life correlates with where I was mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially and physically also known as the timeline.