Brilliant Botanical Cyanotypes Adorn Kellie Swanson’s Upcycled Garments — Colossal

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#cyanotypes
#fashion
#Kellie Swanson
#plants
#upcycling

March 10, 2023

Grace Ebert

A photo of a woman wearing a yellow turtleneck and overalls imprinted with floral cyanotypes

All images © Kellie Swanson, shared with permission

Artist and photographer Kellie Swanson imprints jackets, jeans, and other garments with the rich blue of cyanotypes—an early form of photography that uses UV light to produce monochromatic prints—as part of her burgeoning clothing line KSX. With grainy textures that complement the weave of fabrics, the brilliantly hued wearables feature natural specimens like ferns and flowers found around Swanson’s home in Bozeman, Montana. All of the garments are secondhand, and the artist sources most from thrift stores and vintage shops, ensuring KSX takes a more sustainable approach in an industry infamous for its waste.

Swanson began the upcycling project in 2020 as a way to re-engage her creative practice, and it’s since yielded several collaborations and collections, which sell incredibly fast. The next shop update is set for later this month, so keep an eye on Instagram to snag a piece.

 

A photo of a chore coat with the right side imprinted with floral cyanotypes

A photo of three pairs of jeans imprinted with floral cyanotypes

A photo of a woman wearing outside, holding flowers, wearing a tank top and jeans imprinted with floral cyanotypes

A photo of a woman lounging in a meadow wearing overalls imprinted with floral cyanotypes

A photo of a woman wearing a yellow tank top and pants imprinted with floral cyanotypes

A photo of a stack of jeans imprinted with floral cyanotypes

#cyanotypes
#fashion
#Kellie Swanson
#plants
#upcycling

 

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