How do you positively re-direct the impact humans are having on our natural environment? If you ask siblings Redd and Roxx, part of the answer lies in transforming discarded objects and forgotten spaces into dreamy fashions and locations for editorial photo-shoots. The siblings set out to travel across Europe earlier this year, and are teaming up on creative projects that re-imagine the trash they find in abandoned buildings as timeless garments. Ranging from fine-art, avant-garde fashion design and photography, to music and video production, their art showcases the message that we, as a whole, can help sustain our fragile home planet.
Redd (a painter and photographer), and Roxx (a musician, photographer, and model), are passionate about creating eco-conscious artwork that inspires thought and positive change in the world. By traveling to forgotten places and capturing images that reimagine the debris humans leave behind, they hope to motivate others to make practical changes in their daily lives.
The two started their journey in Croatia, which greeted them with crumbling buildings that immediately fascinated them. These forgotten spaces seemed to them full of creative potential.
“We live in a time where most things we consume are thought of as ‘disposable,’” Roxanna says. “High-fashion often puts a lot of emphasis on using only the most valuable materials, while the production of fast-fashion is incredibly unsustainable. By showing that you can make couture garments out of practically anything, we hope to elevate easily tossed-aside and undesirable objects, giving them a life beyond ‘trash.’”
Constructing garments from materials found on site, Redd and Roxanna think of each space as a theatrical set and give it a new life. If the acoustics permit, Roxanna fills the empty halls with her haunting operatic voice.
Working closely together, the Walitzki siblings collaborate on draping garments and designing the ethereal shots they envision. Redd muses, “It’s inspiring to see something that’s been lying dusty and abandoned on the ground become a fashion piece for just one moment. The object gets to have another life it never could have imagined! Often it seems like the discarded items and the places we find them in are interconnected, with textures that echo and compliment one another.”
The two plan on traveling long-term in Europe, seeking out locations of beauty, and creating beauty where it is lacking. They are sharing their journey on social-media, and writing long-form reflections for supporters on Patreon. Under the handle #reddandroxx the siblings are sharing their urbex missions and upcycled fashion creations.
“I wore the above gown to an art show in Berlin where I performed some music,” Roxanna says, “and all night attendees were fussing over the long skirt, terrified that they might step on it or harm it in some way. Their eyes widened when I told them ‘it’s ok! It’s just trash!’ It was amazing to me how people treated it as a precious material by virtue of how we repurposed the dust-stained fabric.”