Art and Fashion are old friends.
And Fashion needs Art just as much. It needs pure, brave colour experiments and audacious politics. It needs the strange things that can only be created in quiet, meditative spaces, or the chaos of an energised community.
Fashion needs things that are born useless, out of sheer rebellion, because they just needto be.
Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) understood better than most the art of enabling things to be. His miniature box worlds repositioned everyday objects so that they could speak for themselves and of their relationship to one another. In celebrating the ordinary he created extraordinary new happenings.
When asked by The Royal Academy and Etsy to create a new piece for the RA’s latest Cornell exhibition, Tovi Sorga wanted to preserve this relationship of the miraculous to the mundane. ‘I wanted the piece to be a day-to-day item, something that would hopefully be used and enjoyed as part of our daily lives. A tote is a practical size and quite a straightforward accessory.'
'My design takes the viewer on a journey, a brief glimpse into the travels of man in mind and body.’
Tovi explains how his dark, atmospheric new tote, ‘Wanderlust’ (named after the exhibition) uses the metaphor of moths endlessly pursuing light to ‘touch on our fixation with exploration, as well as the danger of the voyage.'
'It’s our innate sense of wonder and curiosity that keeps us pursuing the unknown.’