How do you positively re-direct the impact humans are having on our natural environment? If you ask siblings Redd and Roxanna Walitzki, 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 parks and on beaches as timeless garments.
Redd (a painter and photographer), and Roxanna (a musician, photographer, and model), are passionate about creating eco-conscious artwork that inspires thought and positive change in the world. By traveling to remote landscapes and capturing images that highlight the impact humans are having on our planet, they hope to motivate others to make practical changes in their daily lives.
The two started their journey in Pula, Croatia, which greeted them with rocky beaches that shimmered in every sunset. Redd and Roxanna quickly noticed, however, that trash litters even the furthest reaches of this otherworldly place. Wondering how they could make a difference, they began collecting discarded materials and turning them into garments.
“We live in a time where most things we consume are thought of as ‘disposable,’” Roxanna says. “By showing that these easily tossed-aside objects can still be beautiful, we hope to get people to reconsider viewing them as trash.”
On their urban explorations, the Walitzki siblings noticed that Pula is rife with abandoned buildings that stand vacant and forgotten. Much like the waste that litters the parks and beaches, these structures were begging for a new purpose.
The natural light that floods in through broken windows and filters between winding ivy-vines, makes these spaces ideal for the Walitzki siblings’ dreamy fashion aesthetic. 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.”
While their European tour began in February, Redd and Roxanna’s eco-conscious mission started much earlier. Redd’s paintings explore the darker side of human impact on ecology, depicting fragile landscapes affected by climate change.
Roxanna has built ornate gowns for her experimental opera performances out of materials sourced from dumpsters, and frequently showcases the repurposed parachute gowns of eco-friendly Seattle designer Stone Crow Designs.
Ranging from fine-art, editorial 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.
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.