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Following our highly successful partnership with BORN N BREAD, which rocked the British capital by combining plastic, art and empowerment, here comes the new edition of Melissa Collective. Our new collaborative celebrates the launch of Flygrl, our A/W '17 collection.

This time we join creative forces with Charlotte Roberts and Bertie Brandes, responsible for creating the Mushpit in 2011 and using it as platform for speaking about feminist issues through fashion and with good humor.

Called Present Interiority Complex, the exhibition also features three other female artists. All curated by Charlotte and Bertie: Hannah Perry, Natalia Stuyk and Elliss Solomon.
"Visual culture has been very intrinsic to our aesthetic and we’ve more often been inspired by female artists we really admire rather than referencing straight fashion." 
We had a chat with the duo behind Mushpit to learn about what moves their lives. Come take a look.

What’s the Mushpit?
A very useful and necessary magazine (according to us). We initially started because we felt there was an ignored but valid voice missing within the publishing world. You were either reading famous mags and a lot of the style titles felt like a very impenetrable world. We wanted something that had both a sense of humour and a searing honesty to it. We’ve developed on from that slightly now and it’s become more complex and mad but humour and a feminist sensibility has always remained key.

Would you define it as a feminist magazine?
The complexities of feminism are something we’re endlessly fascinated by. We try not to take a dogmatic approach and encourage ever evolving conversation around representations of womanhood, we don’t pretend to have all the answers and we hope we foster a community where people aren’t afraid to share their voices and opinions.

And what about this Melissa + The Mushpit project, where does it come from and where does it wanna take people?
With the idea of the curtains specifically, I suppose we are re-appropriating the domestic space. There’s a very formal element to curtains hanging, but we’ve done it in quite a majestic and modern way. The curtains when hung within the gallery become quite regal and imposing, dominating the space as well as being light and delicate. We also like how it dislocates the space, making little dens in each corner to burrow through. It’s very inclusive but powerful at the same time. We like how they (the artworks) are almost confrontational whilst juxtaposed with the softness of the fabric. It’s very much how we approach all our work, with something deeper below the surface.
This is your very first exhibition, right? What about that?
This really is such an exciting opportunity. It’s communicating the message in a way we haven’t done before. We’ve always wanted to make artwork but haven’t had the space in which to do so. Our work has always been concerned with feminist discourse and the magazine is a constant dialogue on how to exist as a modern women in all its many incarnations and complexities. The artworks are a continuation of this between us and the brilliant artists we’re collaborating with. Now finally we’ve got our very own exhibition. We’re very excited.

Feminism. Why is it so important?
There’s definitely more of a focus on platforms that have a feminist voice which is so brilliant and important. It’s also very key we are focused on concerns of all women, whether they be POC, non-binary, queer, gay, trans, etc. We must continue to make sure all women are getting even coverage and support.

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