‘We Are Numbers,’ a global tee shirt community art project, was initiated by the mysterious Number 1 (aka Dutch artist Twan Verdonck) as a protest against hyper-fashion consumption.
“We’ve been consuming much too fast, that’s why we are in recession now,” says Verdonck. “And with global fashion companies such as H & M and Zara launching new styles almost every week, it’s only a matter of time before unethical disposable fashion will be mainstream.”
Instead of developing these “one-night-trend” tees, Verdonck decided to make uniquely numbered tees with only one graphic. The longer you keep these shirts, the lower your number gets in comparison to the majority of the group. An early number, such as 500, may be cooler than a later number like 10,000. So instead of going out of style, the shirts become even more stylish with time.
For 30 euros you’ll a tee that’s hand-painted by Number 1 with your own unique number. You are then asked to submit a photo or video of your numbered tee.
The first 1,000 participants will appear in a book.
So far more than 300 people have joined the ‘We Are Numbers’ art project. Besides the photos and videos, the website below also shows the world map and personal links, so numbers can track down and meet other numbers. Check out the ‘making of’ video above.
Social T-Shirt Shopping Communities
Activists vs Fashion Industry
Rugged Industrial Jewelry
Pictorial Persian Carpets
‘We Are Numbers' Project Tackes One-Night Trend Tee
By: T Verdonck - Published: Mar 1, 2009 • References: wearenumbers