Antonina Clarke grew up in Southern California and Colorado. She has lived in Washington and Oregon and now resides in Baltimore, MD. She is a BFA candidate in Fiber at MICA, graduating in May. Her previous studies include neuroscience, Spanish and earning a certificate in Permaculture Design. Her work explores concepts of globalization through a personal narrative informed by travels to Europe, Asia, South America and Central America, expressed through a range of media from textiles to animation.
"Hustle" explores how status and aspiration are expressed through clothing. I am interested in how the adoption of western dress around the world speaks to a shared desire for upward mobility and status. Businessmen in Tokyo and New Delhi wear our style of collar instead of their shorter band style. The fact that American clothing is worn, counterfeited, and sold secondhand across the world says as much about global economics as it does about the fondness for the American dream; which too is coveted, smuggled and difficult to obtain. I'm interested in how these events connect to the mindset of the "hustle" that seems an integral part of American history, the immigrant experience and globalization.
My line is inspired by the idea that despite cultural differences, we share similar dreams and we hustle to live those dreams.
Most of the fabric used in this line was purchased secondhand or obtained for free. Each garment started as white or neutral cloth that I dyed and screen printed in three separate processes of bleach, dye, and pigment. Each garment is then cut and sewn to an original pattern. Not relying on industry patterns, yardage or construction enables my creative freedom and control over what I support economically. I also experimented with engineered printing and yardage I wove from recycled fabrics like orange fleece.
Clothing by Antonina Clarke.
Choreography by Monica Mirabile.
Dancers: Dino Urpí, Sigrid Lauren, Person Albach, Grace Oneil, and Monica Mirabile.