Artist: Barbara Shapiro
Title: Faulty Towers: No Waste Fashion and The Inside Story
Attribution: Faulty Towers: No Waste Fashion and The Inside Story, 2023, Barbara Shapiro
Materials: designer shopping bags paper, packing paper, sumi ink, glue
Dimensions: 23 H x 17 W x 8 D" for installation of 2 works
Image Statement: My Faulty Towers series uses recycled paper to comment on social ills and environmental issues. Artists must have a voice in these tumultuous times. Technique and material draw the viewer in, making the message poignant. “No Waste Fashion” is a piece with precarious stability. Our beloved fashion industry has long caused great damage to the environment and continues to abuse its workers, who are mostly women. Disposable fast fashion pushes our planet to a frightening tipping point. One twisted block has crashed open and “The Inside Story” spills out revealing the dirty little secrets of the fast fashion industry, exposing the true cost of wasteful and inhumane practices. By reusing the bags that held objects long-ago purchased from companies with sustainable and ethical business models, I create my own no-waste fashion that seeks to spark important conversations.