Meet MO, the collage artist behind our Winter ‘19 collaboration.
The Visitors was borne out of Mo’s fascination with embroideries made in ancient Paracas, what is now Peru, in 200 - 300 B.C. It is believed that makers from this era created large, embroidered cloths that were swathed around mummified bodies. On the cloths were psychedelic characters, or guides, that were thought to carry people into the afterlife. It wasn’t until the 1920s that archaeologists discovered the remnants of these embroidered characters and shared them with the world.
“When I came across that collection of embroideries a few years ago I couldn’t stop thinking about the people who made them. For me, the makers have been immortalised in each pull of the needle, the mark of their hand is preserved as beautifully as the mummified remains they contained,” Mo says.
“It’s said that these fabrics were created with the makers sitting on the ground, working from all directions. So the characters look like they’re falling, bending backwards, or are broken in different ways, depending on your perspective,” she says.
Mo’s series The Visitors – first exhibited in Melbourne in late 2018 – reifies this with collages that can be hung from any direction. Each collage depicts a colourful character flying in a black void, layered in complexity, and seemingly holding its own secret.
“It’s nice to think that those ancient cloths have now come full circle, and that my interpretation has gone back into embroideries in the new HANDSOM collection,” Mo says.
You can pick up a limited edition HANDSOM x MO collaboration garment; choose your own embroidered character from Mo’s collection and have it sewn onto your favourite new Handsom garment complimentary; or take home one of Mo’s collages, at our Winter 2019 launch this Thursday the 2nd of May.
Words by Holly Bodeker-Smith