Stephen Willats

Self Expressions - Multiple Clothing, 1997

‘The designs presented in Multiple Clothing express the concept of self-organisation. This idea of self-organisation is equated with the creative freedom to organize and express our personal identity and feelings within society.
The determinism of normas and conventions originating from contemporary society is psychologically reductive and inhibits personal creativity. In contrast, each Multiple Clothing design provides a radically different approach to the display of interpersonal codes that is responsive to the complexity and relativity of people’s self-expression, enabling the wearers to construct whatever they wish to say about themselves..'
Multiple Clothing, Designs 1965 – 1999, Stephen Willats, Walther König, Cologne, 2000
With the white pad and different coloured pens attached to the garment, any message can be expressed by the wearer or another personin an interactive situation.

Stephen Willats: Self Expressions - Multiple Clothing

Self Expressions - Multiple Clothing, 1997. 50cm x 60cm. Poster paint, ink, Letraset text on paper