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“Wood”, do you think any of these models wear an oak carving in their outfit?

Monique Burts, sculptural artist and wearable art fashion designer who attends the Herron School of Art & Design, joined us today with a live fashion show showcasing her unique designs. Here’s more from her:

This particular “Indigo Equine” collection is a collection inspired by Indigo Blue and the unique print of the African zebra. The fierce zebra boldly covered in black and white stripes, unprecedented in every way, was my tribute to the black woman and her strength, power and beauty.

Indigo blue is a powerful symbol, culturally and historically within the African American community. Often when people think of the transatlantic slave trade they think of cotton, they may even think of sugar and rice, but rarely do people think of the blue dye of Indigo. This powerful color was also used by elders and ancestors in the African American community as protection against evil spirits. This knowledge of protection was probably brought by the West African traditions and religious practices of generations honoring the Orishas. The surprisingly bold shade of blue has even been painted on the doors and shutters of homes.

As I continue to grow and evolve as an artist, I am continually guided by my ancestors. I’m never surprised to discover that the materials and colors that appeal to me are sacred and symbolic to our culture and heritage, even something that may seem as simple as animal stripes and a shade of blue.

The music I have chosen to present this collection is “Good Life” by Inner City. Usually I could work with producers to create a specific mix of songs to match my work, but for this one I just wanted the song itself. I don’t have a file for the song, I played it from Apple Music and YouTube. Often I find music that speaks to me and music that seems to match the color palette of the collection I’m working on.

To find out more about Monique’s visit, Instagram: @theemogio.

Joseph E. Golightly