SYMBOLIC OF THE OUTFIT
IN MAJ FORTIER’S WORK, “TO BE OR NOT TO BE”
Modified over time, history and different cultures, clothing has been with us for more then 150,000 years. It went from a simple, practical and utilitarian role to one of morals, social status and ornamentation.
By covering the body with textiles, we give space to verbal communication and thoughts. Primary instincts take a secondary role and intellect prevails. Whether you dress up in public, in private or for a grand ball, the outfit reveals much more to the viewer than it could hide. By knowing and understanding a dress code, we can determine the status; judge the elegance, the details, the choice of colors and textiles. We are able to develop an impression of the individual before we have even spoken to them.
This idea of applying a symbolic code to a person to predefine him challenges me.
By repeating the same contour shape and using the same format for each piece of a similar theme, I accentuate the idea of the manufacturing process. A bit like these brand-new long sleeve shirts that are all folded identically and displayed inside the same packaging. From that identical repeated base, each piece seems unique due to its own coloring, character and printed allegorical textiles. Each jacket, shirt, tie and pajama has it’s own little story to tell. Tales of joy, dreams, ambitions, aspirations and virtues combine in this new version of fashionable dress code. The idea of producing a repetitive drawing first came from my experience with the silkscreen process. By using certain principals taken from this traditional technique and merging it with illustrative software, I have a nice creative library, stronger color precision and a greater quality control.
Made in small editions, each Giclee is signed and numbered on the labels. On the back of each piece is a stamp seal, the title, the edition number, the year of its creation and my signature.