This season Folk collaborate with The Goss Brothers to bring a collection inspired by JG Ballard's novel The Drowned World.
The novel explores a future where solar radiation has caused the ice caps to melt and universal temperature to soar, leaving cities submerged in beautiful yet haunting lagoons, devoid of human life. The unsettling realisation that this could become reality due to our rapidly increasing global warming, causes this project to be vastly relevant to modern life. What if climate change were to destroy our world? This is a topic that needs on going recognition. Brothers Nick and Phil Goss have produced a series of artwork, inspired by Ballard’s book illustrating these themes. Folk has created print based garments derived from these artworks in a exclusive capsule collection.
“All the way down the creek, perched in the windows of the office blocks and department stores, the iguanas watched them go past, their hard frozen heads jerking stiffly... Without the reptiles, the lagoons and the creeks of office blocks half-submerged in the immense heat would have had a strange dream-like beauty, but the iguanas and basilisks brought the fantasy down to earth. As their seats in the one-time board-rooms indicated, the reptiles had taken over the city. Once again they were the dominant form of life.”
“The trouble with you people is that you’ve been here for thirty million years and your perspectives are all wrong. You miss so much of the transitory beauty of life.”
“The Mediterranean contracted into a system of inland lakes, the British Isles was linked again with northern France. The Middle West of the United States, filled by the Mississippi as it drained the Rocky Mountains, became an enormous gulf opening into the Hudson Bay, while the Caribbean Sea was transformed into a desert of silt and salt flats. Europe became a system of giant lagoons, centred on the principal low-lying cities, inundated by the silt carried southwards by the expanding rivers.”
“Many of the smaller lakes were now filled by the silt, yellow discs of fungus-covered sludge from which a profuse tangle of competing plant forms emerged, walled gardens in an insane Eden.”
“Only fifty miles to the south, the rain-clouds were packed together in tight layers, blotting out the swamps and archipelagos of the horizon. Obscured by the events of the past week, the archaic sun in his mind beat again continuously with its immense power, its identity merging now with that of the real sun visible behind the rain clouds. Relentless and magnetic, it called him southward, to the great heat and submerged lagoons of the Equator.”
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