Luis Valenzuela expresses his creativity in many forms: Adrienne Arsht Center volunteer photographer, professional art photographer, visual artist, and fashion designer. On October 28, adding to the excitement of our 5th Anniversary Season, the Center’s new uniform jackets and vests, designed by Luis for our ushers, tier leaders and docents, were worn for the first time. The design of the vests and jackets is unique and according to Luis inspired by the architecture of the Adrienne Arsht Center. The very distinctive asymmetrical design is unequivocally the Center’s own. It is a flattering cut which works well on any body shape and size and can be worn for all occasions. One of our most frequent volunteers, June Weinstein, wrote “How great we will look all decked out in our new uniforms!” and from volunteer Lupe Diaz: “The uniforms look great!
Having been associated with the Center since our opening in 2006, Luis has embraced the vibe of the Center. Who better to design a new look than someone so in tune with our image and energy? Being a leader in the Green Movement for the last 15 years, Luis brought his zero-waste-in-fashion design concept to the new uniforms. “I try to push the boundaries, to forge new ideas with my fashionable and provoking works, I pave the (run)way for a more promising and sustainable future with recycled and upcycled materials.”
The fabric of the uniforms is made of recycled plastic bottles which have been cleaned, smashed, melted and reused. Both the fabric and design are exclusive to the Adrienne Arsht Center. Aside from bringing a sharp new look to the Center, the new uniforms are manufactured locally and will help us in our pursuit to be a true leader in the LEED Program (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Luis’ philosophy is in sync with that of the Center’s with regard to working toward a more environmentally friendly future. “I think that our role in this Global mission of saving the planet is to create awareness of our environment. The artist has a venue to show people that even their discards can become art.” And what venue could possibly be a better showplace than the Adrienne Arsht Center.
For more information about Luis Valenzuela check his website: www.luisvalenzuelausa.com
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