LOVE LIFE organic cotton t-shirts
I’m a fan of t-shirts for sloganeering. I choose carefully what I wear and like to pack a punch with a message. I’ve always thought that my back catalogue of tees, which are neatly folded and stored away, quite clearly define my life and times. There are some I’ve grown apart from, some I’ve grown out of, and some that I’m actually wholly embarrassed by. But at the time I loved them.
This is a heart over the beating heart and it comes from the heart. And it’s all about engendering a complete respect for life. All life.
The design started years back; one Christmas I made a piece of artwork for Megan. Over the autumn I collected all the cluster flies which had sought shelter in the house but perished in the windows and then I glued them delicately on to some stencilled letters which read LOVE LIFE. It took ages! I wanted her to think about the value of life, however small, or despised, and to begin to realise that everything wants to live, that nothing wants to die and that we should never fail to respect this. When she unwrapped it she was less than impressed . . . thankfully she now gets it. So it worked!
This design, which I created whilst sat in my caravan during this years Springwatch, is the practical and logical extension of the idea. Dead flies wouldn’t work on a t-shirt . . . and its not just about one species, it’s about all life. So there is as much life there as possible, all smothering the message, almost obliterating it with its magnificent and diverse abundance. I wanted the heart to be filled with life and the message not a suggestion but a command. Because if we don’t LOVE LIFE. ALL LIFE. then we are in big trouble.
I chose to work with Tee Mill for a raft of good reasons. They are local to me, they are sorted ethically in terms of sustainability and profitability, they allow flexibility in the choice of garments or goods and the stuff they produce feels good to wear. I’m planning to do plenty more designs, mostly to get people thinking, but also because I hope they will want to help spread the word on their chests.
Have a look here. And when you buy one please take a selfie and put it on social media #PeoplesWalkforWildlife.