Musicians Without Borders has announced a partnership with Los Angeles-based artist and fashion designer Chloe Trujillo. To mark 20 years of music making and peacebuilding, Musicians Without Borders and Chloe Trujillo worked together to create a limited-edition t-shirt under the theme "War Divides, Music Connects", with proceeds going to music programs in conflict and post-conflict areas.
Known for her bold and complex art, Chloe Trujillo — who is married to METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo — created a guitar strap for Musicians Without Borders in 2018 as part of The Guitar Strap Co. Artist Collaboration Project and continues her commitment to Musicians Without Borders through her custom t-shirt design.
"To me, music and art are the most powerful healing tools," Chloe explains. "The t-shirt design comes directly from selecting elements from one of the guitar straps I designed called 'Magic'. The dove on the front is a well recognized global symbol for peace, purity, and love, and the back design consists of a sacred heart with the eye and sun and moon connected. I chose these specific elements for their symbolism and meaning, for they are harmonious with the idea of connection and unity. The sun and moon represent the never-ending circle of life. One emits light while the other reflects it, just as music brings light created by the musicians who create it."
With a growing number of programs around the world, Musicians Without Borders is the world's pioneer in using music for peacebuilding and social change.
"We are excited to be partnering with Chloe," says Laura Hassler, founder and director of Musicians Without Borders. "We love how the t-shirt design combines Chloe's artwork with our message of 'War Divides, Music Connects'. Our vision is to continue to inspire musicians worldwide as peacemakers who use music to transform lives. We are proud to work with a high-profile artist like Chloe."
The limited-edition 20th-anniversary "War Divides, Music Connects" t-shirt is available at this location.
Raised in Paris by fashion designer parents and an opera singer grandfather, Chloe Trujillo grew up surrounded by music, beauty, art and design. She has enjoyed success as a fine artist, designer and musician. Chloe creates her complex, layered, deeply saturated artwork with joy and spontaneity. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Paris, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Inspired by music, as well as art, Chloe spent years performing in bands, cabaret acts, rock operas and off-Broadway. She continues to write and record and collaborate with some of music's most influential composers and performers, and she is currently completing her second solo album.