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About Us

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.

What We Do
Apparel & Accessories
Vintage, recycled, and new fabrics are carefully selected to create one-offs and limited runs, along with some hand-picked and modified vintage also being on offer. Our philosophy is to focus on form and originality, transcending trends and conformity; character and individual style are encouraged over trend-driven seasonal looks. By making our garments into lasting, collectible items that transcend fads or trends, another dimension of sustainability is added.
Artworks
We produce anything from illustration, mixed media, collage, prints, assemblage, decoupage, paintings, and installations; most works incorporate vintage and obscure components, papers, images, and found objects, all selected from a diverse collection diligently built up through endless scouring of many sources.
Stationery
100% recycled paper is used as well as upcycled, usually vintage components, to create items intended to be treasured and collected. Greeting cards sometimes feature calligraphic accents amidst rare ephemera and original artwork.
Décor
Vintage and upcycled materials and pieces are presented to preserve the distinctive finds that have been painstakingly sourced; each piece is intended to be a collectable keepsake.
Values

♦ Individual expression and personal empowerment: while fashion and consumerism cultivate self-comparison and a sense of lack, everything we do is aimed at encouraging a true expression of the individual self, as well as a reverence and appreciation for everything around us and within us. We believe that everyone has a rare and precious essence that is worthy of being expressed, celebrated, and honoured.

♦ Reverence: a wholly underused and overlooked value. We uphold and encourage reverence for life, which means that in whatever we do, we aim to do it in the most positive way possible. This means carefully thought-out, useful products, made in the most ethical and sustainable ways possible.

♦ Innovation and originality: As the name Unknown Quantity suggests, each new project is a wildcard. In consistently reaching for new vistas and exploring diverse possibilities, we aim to create as independently of any cultural frameworks as possible, eschewing conformity in favour of discovery, experimentation, and play.

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Coming soon

 
An illustrated series exploring the worlds of dreams, imagination, heart, and mind 
in an alchemical journey of transformation. Join us on social media for updates and
release details, or stay tuned here