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3 Ways to Transform Vintage Denim With Paint

3 Ways to Transform Vintage Denim With Paint

After years of painting on canvas, I decided to paint on hand-sewn clothing for my senior thesis in college back (oh, so far back) in 2014. Initially, I sought painting on clothing when the handmade garments I was creating seemed like they were lacking in uniqueness. It was extremely hard work, creating over 50 pieces over the span of 6 months., It was by far the most satisfying thing I’d done in my four years of art school. While a painted canvas often went into a storage room or (hopefully) sold to never see again, the painted garments would go out in the world for countless eyeballs to see.

Painting on clothing—especially vintage clothing—is a beautiful way to add new life to things that already exist. It’s a form of public art—not a painting to be hidden away. As soon as the artist sells their creation, that work is out in the world, showcased by its owner. It’s a wonderful way to purchase art—a source of pride and fascination for its buyer, and free for all its viewers.

I reached out to some of my favorite artists who paint on clothing as a way to bring a second life to old garments. Juliet Johnstone hand-paints trousers and tank tops. Mikaela Clark hand-paints denim jackets, while Emily Dawn Long hand-dyes tops, pants, hats, masks, and more in a rich, painterly way. I love these three artists because their artwork and techniques are so very different—and such a…

3 Ways to Transform Vintage Denim With Paint – Man Repeller

After years of painting on canvas, I decided to paint on hand-sewn clothing for my senior thesis in college back (oh, so far back) in 2014. Initially, I sought painting on clothing when the handmade garments I was creating seemed like they were lacking in uniqueness.



3 Ways to Transform Vintage Denim With Paint

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