FRAGMENTS AND PIECES
Flaka Jahaj fashion & knitwear designer created meticulous and unique handmade crochet bucket hats embellished and refined by our signature craft of airbrushing.
The bucket hats are made of intertwined cotton and synthetic surplus materials by the swiss textile industry. Each yarn is unique in its composition.
Friends and Enemies
At a cultural moment characterized by a thirst for micro-polemics, at turns righteous and reactionary, the figure of the enemy looms large, albeit dressed in the everyday uniforms of supposed "culture wars." Antagonism is, we know, always a structural feature of society, but in the age of filter bubbles, call outs and ressentiment it seems to have saturated the social body like sweat does workout wear. At such a juncture what must be negated often threatens to overshadow what might best be affirmed.
One effect of this is that structures of enmity risk being culturally centred at the expense of experiences of friendship. Friendship is the great overlooked social formation, forever pushed to the edge of consideration by institutions like the Family, the Couple, the State, the Company, the Church and so on. It seems critical today to consciously afford friendship the fundamental significance it has in our lives, not just as private individuals but as social bodies, as collectives, however intimate or fleeting those collectives may be.
Friendships should not be mistaken for "networks", as they often are in the soupy work-life soap opera of creative industries. Networks are characterized by links between nodes - they connect us but maintain our separation from each another. Friendship, by contrast, is a mode of relation shaped not by connection so much as resonance, by forcefields of reverberation that allow us to escape individuation, and to become part of something more than separate. In contemporary societies, riven as they are with the crushing demand for individuation ( to become Bünzli ), friendship is a practice of collective care, or what we might consider a sort of palliative politics.
Even over the years and over the distance, the three of them know what was happening in each other‘s lives. They grow and dream together, even though they see little of each other in everyday life. And always in the center is the creative exchange, this indescribable energy on the street where the impressions and inspirations flow into the paintings. Artistic work has become their life for all three of them. Pedro as graphic designer and Felipe as architect, Babybrush as artist. Painting continued to accompany him and it is an essential part of Casella Meyer.
One of the most important dimensions of friendship is time. Taking time, giving time and sharing time are all key acts of friendship, whether the time spent together between friends is continual, cyclical or even occasional.
This investment of time is necessary to tend to a friendship, to cultivate it. For friendship is at once a work of care and a work of creation. Not only the care given to the friend in need of support or sanctuary, but care taken to nourish what is created anew between friends - the as yet unknown forms and potentiality that friends draw out of each another: the collaborative work of self-fashioning.
At the heart of every friendship lies bonds of trust, and perhaps even a certain secrecy – the art of keeping one’s word to one’s friends and knowing the same is secure amongst them.
Woven into the inside of each of these friendship hats is a medal upon which a single word is inscribed: friendship. It was once the practice of "gentlemen" to have their name and address inscribed in the inside of their hats, as a marker of ownership, in case of loss or theft.The „gentlemans“ hattherefore carried within it an embroidered emblem of the fateful relationship between property and identity, around which class relations congeal and to which much of the fashion industry remains wedded. By contrast these hats, carrying inside them, as they do, the secret of friendship, are as much to be borrowed, lent and shared as they are to be owned. These items are promiscuous with regard to the property-identity nexus. They resist being had. They are to be shared about, but not as icons of gendered coupledom, like the perennial "boyfriend jeans", but as an open secret amongst friends, of Whatever Being. Like the friendship bracelets worn by teens these hats are designed as symbols of communion and loyalty but are untethered from the hierarchy of the matching pair – garments to be pooled amongst porous packs, to be picked up to complete a look just for the night.