10 African-American Visual Artists You Need to Know

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Catherine Edouard Charlot

With a vivid imagination one can transform any material into a new creation that renders its previous form obsolete.  Catherine Edouard Charlot demonstrates that skill with her collection, HIMANE.  The designs feature cocktail dresses, tote bags and pet clothes made from umbrella material and other recycled fabrics.  She has even made a wedding dress using fifteen white umbrellas.  Transforming fashion is not the only goal of Charlot.  Her mission is also to change the way we live by making us more responsible for our environment with a greater understanding and appreciation of the power of recycling/upcycling.  She is presently donating 10% of all profits towards the budiling of a school in her native Haiti.

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