Sensibility And Wonder


John Dove & Molly White

“The T-shirt is a socialist revolution born out of a product of the capitalist modern world. The T-shirt belongs to everyone – part of a universal language – more personal than a Pop poster, more poignant than a song…”  – John Dove and Molly White 2011


This exhibition features the origin of street fashion and punk movement while reflecting the works of John Dove and Molly White. The T-shirt has been a clothing staple in Street fashion for quite a while, and its history dates back to 1968 when John Dove and Molly White produced fully printed T-shirts under the label “WONDER WORKSHOP” at their atelier in London. The pair used the same silkscreen techniques for making prints to forge their work of art; they applied their printing skills and uniquely developed inks for textiles to make prints on T-shirts for people to wear on the street with an affordable price instead of making small editions on paper or canvas. Their T-shirts allowed the images, which used to exist only on canvas or posters for a limited number of people reach a global audience.

Dove and White set up a studio at Chippenham House, a large derelict factory in Paddington, in where artists including poets, writers, painters, filmmakers and designers had performed experimental projects. Around the same time in the late 1960s when musicians such as The Stooges led by Iggy Pop and Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground became popular in New York, radical cultures on both sides of the Atlantic had gradually interacted with each other and lit the fuse that would ignite the PUNK MOVEMENT. |


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