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“Wood” do you think any of these models wear an oak sculpture as part of 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 creations. Here is more of her:

This particular “Indigo Equine” collection is a collection inspired by indigo blue and the unique African zebra print. The fierce zebra boldly covered in black and white stripes, unprecedented in every way, was my homage 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 people rarely think of the blue dye of indigo. This powerful color was also used by the elders and ancestors of the African American community as a protection against evil spirits. This knowledge of protection was probably brought by West African traditions and religious practices of generations honoring the Orishas. The surprisingly bold shade of blue was even painted on the doors and shutters of the houses.

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

The music I have chosen to exhibit this collection is “Good Life” from Inner City. Usually I can 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’m playing it from Apple Music and YouTube. Often times I find music that speaks to me and music that seems to match the color scheme of the collection I’m working on.

To learn more about Monique, visit Instagram: @theemogio.



Joseph E. Golightly