We had the good fortune of connecting with Blithe 970 and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blithe, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
85% of our clothes end up in landfills or burned. Creating upcycled, custom pieces from clothing in thrift stores that have stains, rips, holes, etc. into wearable, self-expressionist pieces of art is something that I love about my business model.
As I’m recycling everything I sell, I’m leaving a great impact on the community by reversing the stigma of rewearing clothes & making it cool to wear something more unique rather than chasing fast fashion brand names!
Not owning a storefront, my items can be found traveling the United States while mostly remaining in different areas of Colorado! This is better for the community and world in my opinion, as I am able to reach different markets across the world and make so many different people happy with my art.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is different than most because of the fact that I see the world as a canvas in itself and I use unconventional pieces to not only help the environment but to create stories that help society. Most of my art centers around pop culture, society & nostalgic concepts on used clothing or other wasteful products that otherwise get thrown into landfills. Being an artist was a hard concept for my family to wrap their heads around being that I am the first generation of my family born in the United States. This was not only a huge struggle because my family was honestly not very understanding about what I was trying to do with my life but I also had no role models to show me more than simply working morning through night to barely make enough. Both parents immigrating from Mexico, working at 10 years old & struggling to maintain a stable home for so long was a huge inspiration of mine to build something bigger for them and to never have to struggle that hard myself. Another main effort of my art is to shed light on a lot of my experiences growing up in hopes others can experience a sense of belonging or understanding in themselves.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite places to be are always the event centers because it’s always an amazing time doing events that bring happiness, community growth and inclusion of all backgrounds. Meeting so many people and getting to impact their lives by giving them a fun experience is something I treasure!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A lot of my colorful styles and “pop-up shop” ideas come with inspiration from artists like Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Banksy & KAWS with the New York graffiti scene. Their art speaking on topics of society and overall life while challenging the norms of what society deemed art inspire me. I take inspiration from these artists and channel my own energy into speaking on today’s topics or simply giving a nod to pop culture through wearable art.
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