Outside the Box

textile design, 1987, silk jersey

textile design, 1987, silk jersey


I really had to take a pause when I looked at this photo of one of the menswear designs included in our company’s (“Betes’ de Colueurs”- beast of color..) offerings from our one season of production.

My partner designed the styles of the clothes and I hand-painted the fabrics.

This was in the 80’s in Boston.

I look at this and am quite sure it is my proclivity to swim in unconventional waters which has saved me.

By this, I mean that I am forever drawn to characters of all sorts; geniuses, cowboys, scientists, hermits and prophets along with those who want to remain quite hidden but I see them, there in the shadow.

It’s really just that I’m interested in life…

How awful and miraculous and changing it all is..

There are those living lives that seduce with the sheen of ‘togetherness.’

The mess is hidden.

The juice wiped clean.

God, I am tumbling awkwardly in the dropped and turning fruit under the mango tree..

The scent so rich it borders on putrid.

And yet…

And yet…

Perhaps the wine could turn out to be silken and smooth made from such fruit.

We shall see..

We shall see.


One Response to “Outside the Box”

  1. Carol Aten on December 29th, 2009

    I’m so distracted by this model and outfit that I can’t pay attention to the words. I sorta love and hate the 70’s and 80’s. I can hear Boy George playing when I look at this !!!

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