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Sustainability

BLANK Reuses, Recycles, and Re-imagines in Los Angeles

By Erica Silverman

June 13, 2022

BLANK, a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary company founded by Brittney McDonald, is bridging the gap between sustainable solutions and creative expression—specifically within the art, food, and fashion sectors. The organization launched in Los Angeles on June 4 with a dynamic group exhibition titled, “Watching Our Waste,” showcasing artist Moffat Takadiwa, Chef Nate Romo, and LA-based fashion brands Uprisers and Rewilder

Inside the elegant and industrial REVERY DTLA, the opening began with a four-course plated dinner by Chef Romo. The Los Angeles-based private chef presented a vibrant meal for guests that was sustainable, inspired, and seasonal, pulling much of his influence from California’s thriving ecosystem and the mission statement of BLANK. Exceptional courses ranged from a sustainable seaweed salad to saved and imperfect vegetables.

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Following dinner, guests moved into an adjoining gallery space, viewing firsthand how artist Takadiwa reimagines his approach to art by taking items and goods that would typically see the bottom of a landfill and creating something compelling and beautiful. The magnificent series “Objects of Influence” uses toothbrush heads, toothpaste tubes, bottle caps, pill bottle tops, and even computer keys, to upcycle an enormous waste problem and offer sustainable solutions. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Takadiwa is a founder of Mbare Art Space where he assists in mentoring artists. Mbare is known for its thriving recycling industry. The artist's work has been featured in exhibits spanning 14 countries across four continents. 

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Alongside Takadiawa’s art, fashion brands Uprisers and Rewilder revealed the process of creating powerful streetwear from upcycling. Uprisers is a community-driven streetwear brand, rooted in amplifying inspirational and authentic stories of the underrepresented. They are tackling issues within sustainability and the wide-ranging influence fashion has to create revolution and long-term impact. Rewilder is a sustainable design company on a mission to make upcycling scalable. In partnering with industrial giants, they identify, divert, and upcycle waste materials in their supply chain that are worthy of a second life.

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BLANK believes consumers learn best through culture, and that society's cultural pillars can be re-imagined to be resilient towards climate change, and create tent poles that decrease our carbon footprint. The platform partners with diverse organizations to address sustainable improvement, showcase solutions, and bring to life leading-edge initiatives in an engaging and tangible way. In tracking their carbon footprint, BLANK focuses on four key areas: travel and transportation, utility consumption, food & beverage, and waste. Their carbon goal is to create a net-zero exhibit.

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