Creating a look from recycled materials is not something new but appreciated in today’s world given the circumstance of sustainability and preservation. In this video, I have created a vision for a dress I made out of cut-and-sewn pieces of fabric that I have in my studio. I tried to use my favorite parts of different materials to create something unique and rare.
Since I am a visual artist and painter, the work that goes into the fabric is even more important to me than the dress itself. I try to imagine the material as a canvas and put my creativity into the combination of airbrush paint and sewn parts recycled. This is something I have always admired with the work of No Sesso’s “No Money, Old Money, New Money” and the way they put together high-quality custom pieces out of older creations and materials previously used. This work is important to note as an independent artist’s ability to see the potential of a material before it is sewn together, creating something from nothing as a start.
Jasmine Monsegue is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Los Angeles, Calif. Originally from Houston, Texas, they work with clothing construct, furniture design and painting with an airbrush. With an interest in the occult, they focus on working with uncomfortable imagery that reflects the beauty of life and death. Every sculpture or design is made with the intent to move the audience as a reminder of what being human can look like.
Where are you from, and if you aren’t from here, when did you move to L.A.?
I'm from Houston, Texas. I moved to L.A. in 2018.
What brought you to L.A., and what keeps you in L.A.?
My brother had been living here for some years and I wanted to expand my audience. I don't think I will be in L.A. much longer, but it is definitely somewhere I will always come back to.
What is your practice and when did you begin?
I'm a visual artist and designer. I graduated college in 2017 and studied photography and graphic design. I started making clothes shortly after I graduated. Airbrushing, painting on canvas and making fine art is most important to me.
What does the phrase “No Money, Old Money, New Money” mean to you?
To me "No Money, New Money, Old Money" sounds like the creation of something out of nothing, using your resources and working with the materials you have to create something beautiful.
What do you envision L.A. will be in 10 years?
L.A. will be a dystopian society in 10 years, hopefully not burnt down but definitely taken over by the industries that run the world, i.e., the tech and entertainment industry.
What do you envision your relationship with L.A. looking like in 10 years?
I'm not tied to this city in any way. I have moved around so much that I don't really attach feeling to places I've lived because I'm always wanting to explore things I haven't seen. I cannot predict my feeling for Los Angeles in 10 years though I know I will always be thankful for my learning experiences here.
How and where do you envision yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I envision myself hopefully on land that I own, growing food in the Caribbean or Europe. I want to have a factory with the resources for me to mass produce my work in the most sustainable way. I want to teach kids how to do the same to plant seeds for the future of this planet.