True costs (2019) -T shirt - QR code links to digital artwork.
In response to Fashion Revolutions campaign ‘who made your clothes’ and with the desire to make the most sustainable T-shirt possible, Samuel Ivan Roberts focused on supply chain transparency. The artist took photos of the region where the organic cotton was grown in Turkey, sourced photos of the machines that spun the fabric in Portugal and to ensure fair working conditions in production made the garments himself documenting the process. Each of the ten items, black and size 44 to be hung uniquely on those of different sizes, has a QR code label that links to a unique web page detailing its production and the cause.
Whilst this level of visibility might not be possible for all fashion items, the artist wished to illustrate the direction the industry should be moving towards and the power of transparency to transform whilst celebrating textile craft and the self made. The cost of the garments also is fully transparent with time valued at the London living wage.
See Depop store : https://www.depop.com/samuelivanroberts
The garments featured in the XR fashion action catwalk protest across Oxford Circus, London in April 2019.