New Banana Fashion Prints

I've always loved bananas and as you may know, became obsessed with smoked plantains from the comote man in Mexico City. I started drawing a lot of bananas. Everyday bananas. Phallic shapes protruding from my sketch book covered in an array of geometric patterns. I brought a few to life in washed out watercolors while most remained black ink from my Pilot G2. 

One day, I was passing one of the women I had bought some stuffed animals from in the past. I started talking to her and then got the idea that she could work with me to make some custom banana sculptures. I asked her and she was delighted to help. I went back to my apartment and sketched out a pattern and then cut several patterns out of paper. I drew up several patterns I wanted stitched on my bananas. 

I returned to the park the next day with patterns, sketches, instructions and a deposit for her work. She said to give her a week to produce the first ten. I returned the next rainy weekend to pick up my plush bananas. She was just as excited as I was. They turned out so lovely and colorful and my mouth instantly turned into a smile. Much like the shape of a banana. 

I began to use these bananas in my some of my photographic artwork. They began to become patterns the more I worked with them. These soft sculptures along with drawings will comprise my fashion capsule collection "Plantano Frito".

Men's and women's clothing, accessories and home items designed by Xhico are now available on Print All Over Me.

Eco Bag from Xhico's Platano Frito Collection

Eco Bag from Xhico's Platano Frito Collection