Dina Wind (1938-2014) was a fierce lady welder whose dramatic, found object assemblage sculptures from the 1980’s-2000’s anticipated much of today’s conversation about upcycling, sustainability, and gender roles.
Her son John Wind grew up surrounded by this creative energy and found his own voice also working in assemblage—in his case, collage jewelry and narrative sculpture, using old objects to tell new stories.
When Dina started wearing John’s “Maximal Art” brooches, she was inspired for the first time to hang sculptures on the wall—creating a series of “Brooches for Buildings”—one of her defining bodies of work.
Their practices come together in an elegantly restored, 1910 South Philly stable that is home to the Dina Wind Art Foundation and the John Wind studio.
is the endeavor of Walé Oyéjidé
and tailor Sam Hubler
. The duo can be described as two artists with a zeal for creating beautiful things that sit to the left of what has been resignedly accepted as the status quo.
THEY USE DESIGN AS A VEHICLE TO TELL STORIES THAT ILLUMINATE THE NUANCED LIVES OF MARGINALIZED PEOPLE, WITHOUT REPROACH OR PITY. BUT INSTEAD, BY SHOWING THAT ELEGANCE IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ANY PARTICULAR CULTURE, HUE, OR COUNTRY.
"We are proud of what we do, because our work genuinely means something to those who see themselves represented in it. In a world with such a rich diversity to the human experience, we find great joy in using our work to present the triumphant stories of people who many of us have previously ignored.
OUR WORK IS INTENDED TO SERVE AS A REMINDER
THAT THE LUXURY OF BIRTH SHOULD NOT DICTATE ONE’S CAPACITY FOR COMPASSION.”
Impeccably crafted with a bold, enigmatic energy, collectors call NINObrand garments their “uniform for life.” With whimsical artistry and technical engineering, each garment offers more than meets the eye. True to Bela’s utilitarian ethos, pieces are made of machine washable, antimicrobial technical fabrics that both look and feel incredible no matter how long they are worn. Bela is driven by a desire to design with purpose, innovate, and contribute positively to the collective well being.
Models: Ade Jaiye + Akin Jaiye
Photographer: Brian Lauer
Art director + Stylist: Bela Shehu
Clothing: Ikire Jones + NINObrand (+ personal items)
Jewelry: John Wind + NINObrand
Art: John Y. Wind + Dina Wind