The Ports 1961 and Archi-Tectonics collaboration intends to blur the boundary between the two levels of practice that each undertakes. Ports 1961 (fashion), through the development of personal garments, works on the most intimate scale possible, the most inherent and essential form of protection and expression that one can experience, and also the most publicly accessible, whereas Archi-Tectonics (architecture) develops structures that protect masses and form part of the larger landscape and ultimately the expression and identity of an entire area and/or city. Both create a mediating layer between the body and the environment and both express personal, social and cultural identity. Therefore it can be realized that these forms of practice are both inherent in the development of a ‘better city, a better life’.
The exhibition interweaves the two forms of practice and production. The raw materials of Ports 1961 are adapted by Archi-Tectonics to form the space that displays the result of the Ports process, its garments. The exhibition intends to discuss the options available with the use and reuse of materials and the various possibilities within all scales of expression and identity. This concept means the exhibition has a minimal input; it is merely a precursor, to the garment’s manufacture. The materials used can simply be ‘rolled up’ and reused by Ports 1961 within various stages of its production process.