Dru Blumensheid, the creative mind behind BUMESI, is an Australian-American artist & filmmaker based in New York City. Blumensheid graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2007.
From 2007- 2014 she resided in Melbourne, Australia, where she found an art & model collective called the BUMESI Collective. She creates within the mediums of film, photography, fashion design and performance.
Her videos and short films are created with the BUMESI Collective, which focuses on a sense of place within global locations, socio-political reflections and futurism.
BUMESI began in 2009 when I was living in Melbourne, Australia. I wanted to make clothes for my musician friends and for my creative collective. The clothes have always been designed as “photogenic,” something that the models in my work could wear in my photo shoots and videos.
BUMESI is a name I created from my last name, breaking it down in a sort of code. I’ve created a visual language through this “code” where art, fashion and social political fragments collide.
9 years later, I’ve developed BUMESI into an international focus brand and collective, now based in NYC. After years of traveling, I had collected various materials and fabrics from all around the globe so I wanted to make use of them by creating special one of a kind garments that would be worn with cross cultural pride and bravery, that could be worn anywhere.
So in the case of a BUMESI, wear strong pieces, that last and are unique as themselves. The clothes are like a shield, but also a reflection of ones individuality. Be brave, where the outrageous and the visually challenging, against the norm, the uniform. Be free, to go where you dream to go and be yourself in that place.
Most of all, do not give a fuck about judgements, misguided perspectives and any ISM thats negative!