Here at COSSAC HQ we love to hear stories of modern pioneers and game changers. One such person is notorious artist Ai Weiwei of which we have been big fans of for some time now.
You might have heard a little bit about this influential artist, he tends to hit the headlines with his inspirational artwork and rebellious attitude. Recently Ai Weiwei has opened an exhibition in London’s Royal Academy Of Arts with his provocative and visionary works examining creative freedom, Chinese culture, censorship and human rights.
In 2012 Ai Weiwei released a documentary film titled “Never Sorry” that followed the artist in his life and the major events - including imprisonment - that shaped his career and reputation, not just as an artist but also a celebrated activist.
You might recognise that saying, "Never Sorry". It was featured on one of COSSAC’s first organic cotton tees in our AW14 FOR THE SOUL collection. We wanted to repeat his message and pay tribute to Ai in the fashion and eco fashion world.
Ai has been hitting the headlines recently while here in London. Lego has challenged his new work featuring Lego. The toy company refused to supply Ai Weiwei with the Lego bricks he wanted to purchase to complete his art as they did not want any association with Political art.
Obviously this did not stop Ai and he began a plea and public campaign to the people of London and the rest of the world to donate their Lego to him and allow him to finish his art installation. Of course the people responded in force. The Royal Academy Of Arts even set up a donation area in their courtyard as they were flooded with donations.
What an inspiring person who is “Never Sorry” for his creative and activist ways.
If you don’t have time to visit the exhibition yourself then check out our photos from COSSAC’s trip to Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at RA this month.
Feeling inspired to make a change? Check out our new AW15 FOR THE SOUL organic cotton slogan tees for some inspiring slogans for this Autumn.
To find out more about Ai Weiwei his work and upcoming exhibitions, please visit Artsy.