Behind the scenes with Vincent Miranda:
The mold-making process starts outside with creating silicone molds of a Barleria Repens (aka Coral Creeper) flower from Vincent’s backyard. Once the molds are set and cured, Vincent heads into the studio to start the casting process. This begins by weighing a two-part mixture of silicone, adding pigment to each before they are mixed.
Next it’s time to combine the two parts of the silicone mixture which kicks off a working clock of 20 minutes (before the silicone starts to cure). Vincent slowly pours the mixture over the molds in a very thin stream to allow for air bubbles to escape.
After each of the molds are relatively filled with silicone, Vincent goes in with small carving tools and brushes to spread the mixture into all the tight spaces. This hand-brushing process produces a slightly different character in each flower. By this time, the silicone starts to cure. Once the material gets more viscous, the pieces are left alone to fully cure.
After about 3 hours, the silicone is fully cured. Vincent demolds each flower and proceeds to wash off any mold-release residue. The final step in the casting process is to trim excess pour-over material and check each piece for quality control.
The finished flowers are then individually attached to the t-shirts using a silicone adhesive that permanently fuses to the cotton fibers and can withstand regular wash and wear. This is a truly functional piece of clothing intended to be used––wear, wash, dry, repeat.