Everyone has that lucky sweater or piece that they would never throw away. Drawing on this presumption, the Russian designer researched and collected various stories around people’s favorite pieces, wanting to create a single garment that could be worn by everyone. “It was a mission impossible,” Grey tells us. She came to realise that it was not the items themselves that created this bond between human and apparel, but the emotional connection to them, the feelings and memories that the owners hold towards them.
Grey’s exhibitions are not merely art, they reflect her own lifestyle. It’s the little issues in her day-to-day life, like using endless sanitary pads, that trigger her creativity to address the problem and find a solution in a sexy way. The bold and quirky aesthetics of her collections challenge people to think beyond the outfit, to the issue that it actually relates to. She tries to dismantle common beliefs and create a new way of interaction between the planet and its inhabitants. But what lies ahead for this vibrant and fiery artist? “I would like to tackle the issue of women’s hygiene and the taboo associated with menstruation,” she says. “Our grandparents taught us to keep it a secret, that it represents uncleanliness. Since then, sanitary pads and tampons have become common essentials when they are not even good for the environment. So there is definitely work to be done in that area.”