wray & nephew
CURATED BY ASHLEY MCKENZIE-BARNES
Jamaica may be a small country but it’s influence can be felt across the globe with its unique culture, cuisine and music. Wray & Nephew has been a part of this legendary island’s history since 1825 and as such dubbed the official spirit of Jamaica’s 60th Anniversary of Independence. In honour of this, Wray & Nephew Canada has partnered with Natalya Amres to curate the Reworked Collection, an assembly of one of a kind up-cycled clothing items, to showcase the ingenuity and talent of Canada’s up and coming generation of creators. It’s also with this spirit of community that these items will be auctioned off to benefit local charity. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Afri-Can FoodBasket (Black Food Toronto) organization.
about the artist
Natalya Amres or ‘Tal’ is a Toronto based, self-taught designer and multidisciplinary artist focused on sustainable design. Natalya works with a diverse array of brands and individuals to reimagine design; taking the original product and transforming it to give it a new purpose.
Where some might see items that serve only one purpose, Natalya sees new possibilities for these materials. Blankets are transformed into teddy bears, while duffel bags become jackets. Sports equipment is remade into handbags, corsets and lampshades. The possibilities are endless.
Natalya is working to help inspire the movement toward a more sustainable future in the fashion industry.
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