November 30, 2019


Drop Cloth by Claire Oswalt x Forty Five Ten

As longtime admirers of Austin-based collage artist, Claire Oswalt, we were delighted to hear news of her collaboration with Forty Five Ten.

“Claire is a good friend and I’ve always loved her intuition—the way she places layers in her collages feels natural, yet so beautifully composed,” says Forty Five Ten President and Chief Creative Officer, Kristen Cole. “When we came across all these white vintage pieces, I knew Claire would know exactly what to do with them, especially given her background in textiles.”

The resulting exclusive collection, Drop Cloth, consists of vintage tees, workman jackets, and bandanas capturing Oswalt’s minimalist style. “When Forty Five Ten asked me to use vintage white clothing as drop cloths, I found myself in the same creative process as when I do my collage works on paper,” she says. “I started to view the tees and workman jackets much like my painted scraps of paper. They had beautiful, haphazard marks all over, and I felt a natural urge to start cutting and sewing.”

Each handmade piece in this limited-edition collaboration showcases Oswalt’s sense of composition, which has been admired by many during her gallery exhibitions in Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Austin, and Marfa.

“This collection is minimalistic in its intent, but expressive in its process,” she says. “The pieces seem a natural expression of my mind worked in a new medium.”

The Details: Shop the pieces at Forty Five Ten, 1615 Main Street.