Gallery: Australian Designer Turns Salvaged Paintings Into Sci-Fi-Inspired...

When Don Pezzano stumbled across several abandoned canvases on the side of a road, he was immediately taken by their moody, dream-like compositions. Almost instantly, the Sydney-based designer knew he couldn't leave them to molder in some far-off landfill. After spiriting them off to his studio, where he cut the paintings down to size, Pezzano laundered the scaled-down sections piece by piece. Soon the inky blacks and stormy grays of the original paintings dissipated into mottled, ghost-like images. From there, Pezzano conjured up four one-of-a-kind men's jackets, creating tailored lines that contrasted with the haunting forms on their surfaces.

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Appropriately, Pezzano named his collection “Apparition.” “I like that the fabric was found and has a unique history, that [the jackets] are one-off, handmade, and come with deep sense of mystery,” he tells Ecouterre, adding that they would fit easily “on the [alien] planets of Tatooine or Caladan.

“Found materials have an inherent charm that can never be replicated,” Pezzano says.

The designer isn’t a stranger to scavenging for his art. A “naturally frugal” critic of today’s fast-fashion industry, Pezzano chooses to work only with deadstock fabrics, organic cotton, wool, and reclaimed fabrics. “For me, these jackets represent everything I see as important when it comes to creating clothes,” says Pezzano, who embellished his creations with handmade scrap-leather buttons. “Found materials have an inherent charm that can never be replicated. I believe the use of reclaimed materials is the pinnacle of sustainable fashion because nothing is being made.”

After all, every manufactured material, whether organic or not, has an impact on the planet, he says. “Upcycling is even better than recycling because less energy is being consumed,” he adds. “Tread lightly? This is zero treading. Reverse treading even.”

+ Apparition Jackets

+ Urbandon

[Via Sass Brown]

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