In 2018, I became obsessed by woodblock printing and bought a couple of other books. After using one to compose the poster of the Chateau Perché Festival I had already produced a large number of graphics for sheer pleasure. As a gift to the participants of this event, I decided to exploit those graphics to produce clothing items like T-shirts or tote bags which would match the poster theme.
One third of the shirt we printed represented the poster of the festival, color print on the back of a white shirt. The two remaining thirds were a series of Jeanne d'Arc engravings and a series of the prints of a Treaty on Electricity and Magnetism, printed white on the back of black shirts.
I wanted to leave the front of the shirt free of any figuration that's why I chose a 9mm hole located in the middle of the chest as the only distinctive trace. I conceived those clothes as upscale streetwear with limited edition; six pieces by graphic.
The collection is completed by a black hoodie adorned by five white symbols per sleeve. This creation questions the omnipresence of major companies logos and their intelligibility. I thus wanted to recapture them by merging them following the analogy of forms.
Silk printing is probably the trickiest craft that I practiced, in fact I cannot say I master it. For this creation I relied on the experienced french silk printer Marion Carteron who printed most of the shirts we produced.
Textile screen printing / 2018
15 Allée Jean Wiener, 38400 Saint-Martin-d'Hères, France
Credits: Nicolas Pabion & Marion Carteron