THE JUNCTION COLLECTION
This site-specific fashion collection integrates indigenous and non-indigenous materials, principles and philosophies to explore the contrasts of life in Haines Junction, Yukon. The pieces were created on-site as part of a 3-month art residency that included and intimate exchange with Champagne and Aishihik and Kluane makers and knowledge keepers. The resulting garments and accessories interpret Haines Junction’s nature, histories and peoples while integrating indigenous philosophical principles with current aesthetics and functions. Each piece incorporates locally-available fabrics furs and up-cycled materials. Conceptually, the project dualistically fuses Southern Touchone concepts and themes with contemporary fashion sensibilities.
Henry Navarro is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and educator focused on the intersection of fashion, visual culture, and social empowerment. Navarro’s recurrent theme is the exploration of contemporary social issues through creative actions. Born into a family of dressmakers and leather goods craftsmen, Navarro pursued a formal education in fine arts and art direction for film and is known for his fashion-based public artworks, created through direct community participation.