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Concrete Catwalks ~ When Art Meets Fashion

Designing the new collection is not only about creative expression but trying to use this platform to represent women ~ women of colour.

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The original images come from American Vogue, which I buy in September as it’s their major release for the up and coming seasons. The magazine is more like a book, full of advertisements by brands showcasing their latest products.

Love Inclusivity - pencil drawing with digital manipulation.

Love Inclusivity - pencil drawing with digital manipulation.

What has always struck me is the lack of diversity of women of colour in this publication, to be fair this is not the only one. Even though it is seemingly high on everyone’s agenda, there is still a clear lack of representation. It is improving but slowly.

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Flicking through the pages made me reflect on my own childhood and that of my mum and Aunty, who are both mixed race. They were adopted so any cultural alignment was severed so the only sources they could potentially align with were role models within the mass media. Sadly this was not the case. And made me think where are the role models now? Where can women of colour look? Where can they see someone similar in film, in magazines or on tv?

Girl with a Pom Pom Hat - mono print with acrylic paint.

Girl with a Pom Pom Hat - mono print with acrylic paint.

Now I am under no illusion, I know I am not able to change the world on this front. I am a solo person hoping to use my creativity to shed some light on this issue.

I hope my drawings and digital illustrations, that are printed onto t-shirts, allow this message to be communicated on the streets, creating a concrete catwalk if you like and not only held within the confines of a gallery. So the visual narrative is out there for everyone to see and support the visibility of women of colour.

It’s Here - ‘We Are Here’ Collection Launched Today

I am beyond happy to have launched my second collection of t-shirts - We Are Here.

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From conception to samples and finally updating the website, which has been a varied journey but one that I am now happy with as I believe the t-shirts look great and convey the messages of Inclusivity, Representation, Visibility and We Are Here despite the very small budget I had to work with. 

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Of course I would like a bigger range of models to showcase the messages above, but this is an aspect that I really want to work on in the future. For now, I will embrace and be forever thankful for the generosity of everyone involved that helped my collection come to life Including the models. 

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There is no small irony in the visual aesthetics of the models who in a way represent my Mum and Aunty, who are both mixed race and grew up in a world with very little role models for them to align themselves with. They have inspired me to be the woman I am today. 

I hope this collection of illustrations will enable more visibility of women of colour and create a concrete catwalk that is not confined to the runways nor gallery spaces that seem to only appeal to the few.  

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These T-shirts are unisex and deliberately so, so anybody can support this message and wear them regardless of how they identify. In addition they are print on demand, using a company that uses fair trade so to not only support workers but to try and reduce environmental damage, which is so important given the amount of damage the Fashion Industry can have.

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I hope you like the We Are Here collection and thank you to everyone who have supported me this far this journey so far x 

“We Are Here” Second Collection Launch Date Set
Tania Swift Lookbook 

Tania Swift Lookbook 

Exciting news, I have finalised a date for the second collection to be launched - a week today. Doctoring the images to my visual aesthetic has taken a bit longer than anticipated but focusing on being solution focused was key in not only being determined to see my vision come to fruition but hopefully portray what I have always wanted; a creative collection that illustrates women from different ethnic backgrounds in a creative visual way.

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Frequently I reflect on my upbringing and that of my Mum and my Aunty who are both mixed. My mum is half Indian and half English and my Aunty is half Caribbean and half English/European. Growing up for them had many many hurdles which in turn, in a strange way, has been the inspiration. 

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Having visual representations of women that they could view and align themselves with would have positively impacted on their self esteem I’m sure and in turn mine.  Sadly we cannot turn back the clock but moving forward I am always thinking of what they would find inspiring. 

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Visibility and inclusivity is so important for young women growing up and whilst I cannot change a deeply entrenched system I hope to make my mark albeit with these illustrations. I hope that people like the images on the t-shirts, maybe they can align themselves with the drawing looking back at them and in some cases, the text or maybe they just want to support the concept behind the brand ~ We Are Here. 

So looking forward, a bit more tweaking here and there ready for 10:00AM to strike next Sunday.  I hope you all like the new collection.

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