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Ai Weiwei Designs ‘Wearable Art’ Line Inspired By His Iconic Paper-Cut Style
By Thanussha Priyah, 20 Nov 2020
Image via Taschen for Ai Weiwei
Artist Ai Weiwei has designed a limited-edition collection of “wearable art” for Taschen featuring the iconic artworks from his Papercut Portfolio.
Ai Weiwei uses the Chinese tradition of papercutting for his art that reflects various themes including activism and heritage. Some artworks have now been transformed for his new collection of silk scarves and laser-cut bags.
A standout piece would be the Cats and Dogs scarf and bag, which pays tribute to his works in the ‘90s when he traveled to Beijing from New York and eventually discovered his “artistic identity.”
Another notable piece would be the black and white Citizens’ Investigation scarf, which ventures into the struggles in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
The scarves, priced at £250 (US$332) per piece, are weaved and silkscreened by hand and measure 90x90cm (35.43x35.43 inches) each. The bags, on the other hand, retail at £400 (US$531) each and are created from PVC with a transparent inlay. Ai Weiwei’s Papercut Portfolio books are also available at £35,000 (US$46,471).
[via It’s Nice That, cover image via Taschen for Ai Weiwei]
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