World renowned artist Banksy has teamed up with Love Welcomes to commission women living in refugee camps to hand sew mats using life vests found on beaches in Greece. The mats have the word ‘welcome’ woven into them using the bright orange material. The mat was launched in Banksy’s innovative show called Gross Domestic Product in Croydon, London - and instantly hit the news headlines. Banksy designed all aspects of the mat and each mat is hand-crafted by refugee women, which means every mat is personally unique. There will be slight human variations with every product. Each mat comes with a Gross Domestic Product label but is not be eligible for a COA from Banksy. Some of the mats have the label hand stitched on the back and some have the label attached to the side. Each mat is sequentially numbered and they are all individually handmade with slight human differences. The mats for sale did not start at '1'.
Who is BANKSY?
Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist, and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Active since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world. Banksy's work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that he was inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist and founding member of the musical group Massive Attack.Read more on