Artist Puts A Spin On The Classic 'Bow Tie', To Fit The Occasions
In his ‘Bow Tie Collection’—which he created while working for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)— Ruiz used everyday materials, such as film, LEGO, guitar picks, pills and corks, to create wearable art in the form of bow ties.
At first, Ruiz wanted to “look dapper” for the New York City’s MoMA events.
So in January 2011, he “challenged [himself] to construct 11 unique bow ties designed around the major exhibition openings and benefit events at MoMA that year.
“The bow ties derived from exhibitions were inspired by talks with curatorial colleagues, artist research, gut feelings, and my technical studies,” he wrote.
“Benefit events allowed more freedom as I was not constrained but challenged to interpret the events in a creative way.”
This blossomed into “a forward thinking initiative to re-purpose everyday materials into works of wearable art”.
He also started a Kickstarter campaign to help him start an online store where he can sell his fun creations, that “aren’t outsourced and make you feel great”, he wrote.