Be the first to own a piece of my new line. The first four D’Zturbanites are available in my Etsy shop right now (one was donated to a local function). In keeping with the prevalent graffiti in my neck of the River Arts District, I’ve decided to take a basic sock creature construction method and embellish it a bit. I’m using cutouts from elaborate printed cottons and solid T-shirts. The results are really striking. More D’Zturbanites (pronounced Dis-turb-an-ites) will come soon. I couldn’t wait to make a ton before I started posting. This should tide you all over till more Zombabies and Glumys appear.
“Urban” art and fashion is very popular in our culture, even in places that are largely rural like Asheville. It seems few people, especially youngsters, want to cultivate or glorify (or even develop) aesthetic motifs that represent a more rural surrounding. So, with the D’Zturbanites, I’m kind of poking a little bit of tongue in cheek at this unacceptance of situation I see around me. Some of the local proponents of “urban” ism probably couldn’t even define what “urban” ism means without resorting to tons of buzz words delivered with imitated ethnic inflections. Still, it’s a great aesthetic and I’m glad people are actively developing and propagating it. Maybe I’ll learn something the more attention I pay, and wind up changing my opinion about these locals and their motivations. I’m always open to that.
Ultimately, I’m very fortunate that my studio overlooks a vacant lot full of constantly changing graffiti murals. The work is incredible and I hope it stays there always. There’s a good chance it may since the lot is privately owned, and I believe the owner allows all of the painters to come and contribute. The murals change perhaps weekly. I’ve taken advantage of the exceptional work as backgrounds for my photo shoots. Gosh I love this area.