Hi Red3licte! How would you describe your work to somebody who has not experienced it before?
Like when the ostriches escape the zoo!
When did the collective begin? How did it evolve from a handful of t-shirts to where it is today?
We’d individually been making bits and pieces and friends had asked to buy them – but it didn’t feel right taking money from people for things we’d enjoyed making. That wasn’t really why we were making them. We had a link with a charity, Hope for the Young, and approached them about selling pieces to raise money for them – and it grew from there. We like each other and needed an excuse to get together, which also snowballed…
“Along the way we’ve run workshops where ’strangers’ have Red3licte-d their own pieces, then donated them to our collection to be auctioned. In our minds, they’ve been a part of the collective too.” – Red3licte
And how many members form the team?
Core members maybe four, maybe more, but it’s a constant conversation -– we hope that some people continue to contribute in whatever capacity or time they have and we hope to bring in new people and energy. Along the way we’ve run workshops where ’strangers’ have Red3licte-d their own pieces, then donated them to our collection to be auctioned. In our minds, they’ve been a part of the collective too.
“Workshop is about the joy of collaboration – we pulled in every person we could to create and document these clothes.” – Red3licte
I’d like to discuss Collage Couture for a Good Cause, your first project that sits at an intersection of sustainability and surrealism. Why did a fashion collection feel like the most rational outcome for this?
This definitely stemmed from the selfish want to be creative, to make and justify it. Knowing it had a reason then pushed us further. Realistically the skills we have are in the fashion realm, it’s what we’ve spent our working hours doing thus far. It seemed like the best way we could help anyone was by using what we know and our various collaborators to amplify a cause. We knew Hope for the Young, who mentor, fund and support young refugees and asylum seekers in the UK so we were able to have an ongoing conversation with them to help structure our own fundraising, whilst gaining more understanding of their important mission, and the wider context of the global refugee crisis. The collection and magazine are split into three themes that reflect what went into it. Proto is about creating, beginnings and ideas becoming real. Workshop is about the joy of collaboration – we pulled in every person we could to create and document these clothes. And Soirée is a party.