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The Imaginary Wind Cap (V1)
The Imaginary Wind Cap Vintage red with cream embroidery 100% brushed washed cotton One size (adults)
One embroidered low-profile brushed washed cotton cap. 6 panel design, soft unstructured crown, pre-curved peak, stitched ventilation eyelets, self fabric strap with brass effect buckle. Concept by The Workshop of Matt Montini, fabricated and embroidered in the UK.
The Imaginary Wind By Matt Montini
A man in his late twenties, who is very restless. A man in his early forties, who is very inspirational. The story begins in a hotel. A phone call devastates a family. It's a story about loyalty. The characters approach the situation extremely carefully. The End
A cap with an embroidered design presenting a detail borrowed from a redrawn caricature image of two men carrying a sheet of glass. Their bodies are positioned behind the glass, protecting but not concealing them.
Loosely in the spirit of one of Montini’s early “plot generated poems”, titled The Imaginary Wind, ca. 1921, written when Montini was 16 the drawing is understood to be a visualization of Montini as an older man, alongside the German writer and activist Senna Hoy (1882-1914). Hoy was Montini’s neighbor and mentor and thought to be the person who encouraged Montini (who was born as Maksymilian Natan Monotowski) to use the pseudonym Matt Montini. Senna Hoy was in itself a pseudonym for Johannes Holzmann. Hoy died from typhus, at the age of thirty-one, when Montini was only nine and his lifework and legacy affected Montini deeply.
The Imaginary Wind Cap is not just a cap but also a mojo, a shield, a protection. Montini was a great believer in signs and superstitions, to mention a few; if when glancing at his watch he saw the second hand was pointing to an even number - it was a sign for bad luck; if he saw more than three yellow objects in a day - it was a sign that a change will come soon. But more than anything his fascination with the wind (and imaginary wind) is the focal subject in his life, art and writing. He tried extensively to capture the wind in his writings and poems and to describe the “soundless” experience of the transparent interaction between the wind and the object (a candle, a tree, your face and body coming out of the water ) “The wind as a secret agent of movement”.
Since the early 1980 Montini was obsessed with finding the right phrase that will appear on his tombstone, one of the final phrases (which wasn’t chosen at the end) was:
Wind of Passion Read this sentence and do what it says twice.