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Shirt orders placed now will arrive after the holidays. However, you can still give the gift of Hamilton and enjoy 15% off shirt value gift cards with promo code GIVEHAMILTON.

The Art of Shirting: Joseph Havel

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As many of you know, we’ve been in this business since 1883 and have seen pretty much everything that has to do with custom shirts. But every now and then, we’ll come across something special. Most recently, we’ve been inspired by the work of Houston’s very own Joseph Havel – a multidisciplinary visual artist whose sculptures and installations re-envision our relationship with button-up shirts.

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Left: Joseph Havel “Laundered Pair” 1996; Bronze with patina
Right: Joseph Havel “Desire” – shirt labels & thread (both images courtesy of Hiram Butler Gallery)

Havel’s pieces rely on different shirting components from custom woven labels to individual collars. The artist has even cast entire shirts in bronze to investigate a variety of visual forms. His work often oscillates between geometric systems and gestural line, taking particular notice of how fabrics drape and fold.

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Joseph Havel “Spine” Detail 1996; shirt collars & thread (courtesy of Hiram Butler Gallery)

Some pieces arguably allude to the organic structural elements of the human body, as in his “Spine” sculpture above.

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Joseph Havel “February” 1996; Bronze with patina (courtesy of Hiram Butler Gallery)

If you’re out and about around town, you can see Havel’s work at Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom Street, Houston, Texas.

– Contributed by Jake Eshelman of Procured Design

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