From next Monday, arts and cultural event Refugee Week will celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote a better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.
The London-based, Greek-Austrian fashion designer Marios Schwab and the studio og technicolour illustrator and art director Kate Moross have teamed up to create a set of three T-shirts celebrating Refugee Week.
"These prints were developed to communicate a message of community and coming together of people from all over the world," say Schwab and Studio Moross. "To create the artwork we combined calligraphy techniques and brushes used in various countries, with typographic symbols derived from different languages."
"We also wanted to show how important collaboration and openness is, working with different cultures and in different styles, you can create something more than the sum of its parts," they add. "The creative world works best with a free flow of ideas and people, with no walls or barriers, everyone bringing something to the table. This collaboration promotes this openness to accept and help others, and our mutual desire to be part of and celebrate a more global culture."
Refugee Week, which starts next Monday 20 June, is a UK-wide programme of arts and cultural events and activities aims to raise awareness of the reasons people seek sanctuary, and simultaneously highlight and celebrate the great contribution refugees make to the UK.
Noting famous refugees and those from refugee families -- including M.I.A, whose family are Tamil Sri Lankan refugees; supermodel Alek Wek, who fled Sudan with her family; and artist Anish Kapoor, an Iraqi refugee -- the campaign highlights refugees' substantial contribution to music, art and fashion, despite making up just 0.24% of the UK population.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Nana Varveropoulou