Zipporah Norton x Kancan
Warp and Weft, 2021
Oil Paint, Chalk, Kancan Denim
“Denim is such an important fashion aspect in my personal wardrobe. Every year, growing up, we would go school shopping for our first day outfits and a new pair of jeans was always really special”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
A Virginia native painter and illustrator who is now living and creating in Washington, D.C.. My career began during my time at James Madison University, where I received a degree in painting, drawing, and printmaking. In 2017, I was a resident at the Tyler School of art's painting intensive program, Philadelphia, PA, and at the Torpedo Factory Artist Association visiting artist program, Alexandria, VA. I also have participated in several shows in Harrisonburg and Alexandria, Virginia and was in a group show, ETC... in Philadelphia summer 2017.
MEANING OF DENIM
To Zipporah, denim has a great impact on a person. “It’s really amazing how it kind of influences so much and it’s such a reflection on personality”. Zipporah describes how denim is an iconic wardrobe piece that, through design and style, has the ability to tell so much about people and the direction in which the fashion world is heading.
“Your jeans can tell a lot about you”
ABOUT THE WORK
The title of Zipporah’s piece is “Warp and Weft”. She describes how the “Warp” in this piece details the vertical stitching while the “Weft” details the horizontal stitching throughout her art. Zipporah’s craft shines through the name as her piece is intricately designed and crafted using oil paint, flash paint, and pastel chalk, all while including our Kancan denim structures. She also describes how her Kancan X Artists piece shows all of these elements working together as she uses different parts of our denim, like back pockets and waistlines, to further illustrate how you can take something apart and put it back together in a unique and different way.
“I’m very connected with the art, so when I’m putting something down on the canvas it’s like I’m putting all of myself into it. There are certain emotions and feelings that are pinpointed when I’m creating”