Toban Ralston

 

Crackle Coat
2013
Men’s small
Mixed fibre hand-woven fabric reverse appliquéd into vintage corduroy jacket

Greydient
2013
7” by 84” (additional 21” fringe)
Mixed fibre hand-woven overshot


I Still Got Fucks To Give
2013
Men’s medium
Mixed media/process reverse appliquéd into hand dyed vintage denim jacket

No Light 01
2013
Men’s medium
Screen printing ink over shibori dyed cotton

Greydient
Surface Piercing
2013
Men’s medium
Hand embroidered leather and mixed embellishments on hand dyed vintage denim vest

Surface Piercing

 

As a child of the Pacific Northwest Coast, I have spent my life immersed in the primordial elements. The water, wind, earth, and light of this place has permanently imprinted within me an awareness of the dualities implicit in nature and by extent, life. Behind every great beauty can lie terrible danger and all that gives can take away. The juxtaposing concepts of light and dark, healing and harmful, organic and synthetic, mythical and modern, among others, play major roles in my life and work as I continue to examine the concurrent evolution of cloth and humankind, attempting to discern the symbiotic from the parasitic within the components of our dynamic. As we shape cloth, so too has it shaped us, physically, economically, spiritually, and environmentally.

This exploration has led me back into the world of fashion, a world I both admire and abhor, armed with new insights and enquiries as to how this millennia-old relationship can and must continue to evolve. For all the miles we have walked together, I believe there is still ground to break.

 
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