Artist Joy Pitts, from Nottingham, UK, has an unusual gift. She can turn thousands of unwanted clothing labels into amazing works of art. The artist collects labels from charity shops and then turns these rags into beautiful portraits. So far, she’s created animal portraits that include a rabbit, a bull, a goose and cows.
In 2013, designer Paul Smith commissioned Joy to create a rabbit entirely out of Paul Smith clothing labels. Set against a black background, the delightful red and purple bunny looks as if it’s jumping in mid-air. Joy wrote to Paul Smith asking him if he could give her some labels to use and he replied back that he’d like to commission her for a special job. He sent her a palette of labels to choose from and Joy picked the ones that were the most vibrant in color. She ended up using around 2,000 labels.
Joy is exhibiting next at Lace Market Gallery, from April 23 to May 13, and then at The Lally Gallery at the Erewash Museum, from September 11 to October 30. Love seeing the up-close photos of her work.