Microzine, Bold Street
16th February – 2nd March 2006
Birds in the city...what comes to mind? Dirty pigeons, sublime songbirds
or just a hen night? If you want to see what comes to mind for some of
the UK’s most promising artists and designers then hotfoot it to
Microzine, Bold Street. Promoted by and funded by a whole heap of sponsors, including Liverpool’s
2008 Capital of Culture team, the 100 Shirts Exhibition aims to take the
everyday T-shirt to a whole new level.
Microzine’s high-walled upper level is the perfect venue for such
an exhibition. Not least of all because the idea of having T-shirts as
art on the walls, and T-shirts for sales on the racks is quite amusing,
creating a modern age, mobile art gallery.
The top T-shirt will be announced at an awards night at Microzine on Thursday,
2nd March. This is one in a long line of cultural events Microzine has
hosted in their aim to create a strong community feel around their Bold
Street base, having previously collaborated with - amongst others - FACT
and the Tea Factory. It makes sense if you’re going to catch a film
at FACT - rather than any other cinema - why not take advantage of its
rich surroundings? These connections are all about establishing an identity
not just for the area, but for the people who inhabit it.
The T-shirts themselves offer a diverse array of images. Emma Smith’s
'Caged' shows the plight of the domestic bird, locked up in a world of
florid wallpaper, whilst Liam Palmer’s 'Whistle and Bang' encapsulates
the intertwined fluidity of birdsong and the beat of the city. In short,
there is an image to suit everyone in the city’s mobile gallery.
To see the winning t-shirts visit: