Unknown Quantity is an independent label and design entity, focusing on apparel and art with a heavy emphasis on repurposing, upcycling, vintage, obscure, and obsolete components and materials. A focus on alternatives is prevalent; the apparel is not fashion, the work is not confined to category or any cultural framework. Products include apparel and accessories, artworks (mixed media, collage, paintings), decoupage, upcycled and repurposed objects. A service is also offered where clients may have existing garments either customised or upgraded in a joint process of mutual consultation.
Much of the work incorporates aleatoricism, including chance and random events as part of the overall direction. Accidental outcomes and unexpected elements are embraced and used as another raw material, built upon and thus incorporating process into product. As the Balinese culture has no actual word for “art” or “artist” – since no distinction is made there between magic, art, and everyday life – the work here embraces and views everything as art, magic, and miracle. The vision here is to open up an expansive view, to make these things visible, tangible, and to widen the scope of perception.
Clothing and accessories: Primarily women’s, with occasional items for men. Predominantly utilising vintage and recycled fabrics, the majority of products are one-offs. Some limited edition ranges available, which are always guaranteed to retain independence in creative direction. Unknown Quantity always prefers to reference the obscure, peripheral, forgotten, and obsolete, and never looks to fashion for inspiration; this approach guarantees authentic uniqueness.
Customise, rework, revamp old clothes: In conjunction with the customer, the customer’s existing garments can be altered and/or embellished; this service can revitalise old favourites in need of revamping or repair, or can be used to personalise or liven up boring, nondescript basics. Service ranges from consultation, embellishment, creative alterations (aesthetic), and repair for purposes of upgrading. More eco-friendly than fashion’s continual exhortation to continually replenish wardrobes!
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Artworks: Mixed media, collage, photography, prints, assemblage, decoupage, and paintings. Much of the work features and incorporates vintage and obscure components, papers, images, and found objects, all selected from an ever-increasing collection diligently built up through endless scouring of many sources. Unknown Quantity’s mission is to continually source and present the most compelling, unexpected, and unique finds.