Border Free is a satirical clothing line that adaptively uses artifacts found on the California-Mexico border. As an art project, it calls on visitors to engage in conversation and to think about people rather than policy.
The clothing artifacts, found on the property of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum, are bleached by the sun but look like designer pieces that could be purchased at high-end retailers. Ultimately, this collection is meant to shed light on the hypocrisy of fashion culture and to start a conversation on personal stories of immigration.
It is easy to see immigration as an abstract issue. We cannot overlook, however, the fact that everyone who crosses a border has a personal story. Picking up, and repurposing, the discarded artifacts of these stories, places the debate in a hyper-personal light.