Derick Melander's Old Clothing Sculpture
New York-based artist Derick Melander builds structures out of softgoods, transforming thousands of pounds of discarded clothing into architectural elements. Derick meticulously folds, layers, and stacks clothing to create sculptural pieces that tell the story of where the material came from. “As clothing wears, fades, stains and stretches it becomes an intimate record of our physical presence. It traces the edge of the body, defining the boundary between the individual and the outside world” he says. In some cases, pant legs or belts may form "bridge-like appendages," making the structure sturdier and denser. As a frequent Salvation Army shopper, I know first-hand just how much clothing gets disposed of, and it’s great to see it going towards something beautiful.