In the Spring/Summer 2023 collection, designer Daiki of Engineered Garments teamed up with artist Manabu "Gaku" Inada to create a series of thematic graphics for the season. Their creative process began with a discussion where they shared stories and insights about Artist Issa Samb's paintings, sculptures, poems, and unique fashion choices, leading to several initial ideas.  

Issa Samb was renowned for maintaining a courtyard studio in downtown Dakar filled with various mixed-media materials and installations. Gaku drew inspiration from this space to create the Twig and Wood pattern, mimicking the assortment of found objects and natural materials in the courtyard.  

The T-shirt with phonetic symbols of "Nothingness" reflects significant transformations within the international community and society in recent years. Individuals often grapple with various issues amid overwhelming Internet and social media information. "Nothingness" symbolizes the ultimate pinnacle of spiritual enlightenment within Zen philosophy. It is significant in Samb's artwork, underscoring its profound significance.

Article on Nepenthes New York Official site:
Deep Dive - Engineered Garments SS23 Graphics

Brand:  Nepenthes America, Engineered Garments
Artist:  Manabu Gaku Inada
Year:  2023


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