I over-printed my first polyester shirts in 1999. I had been collecting polyester clothing and interesting textiles from charity shops for some years. In 1998 I had developed an exhaust-printing process, which printed textiles in a sequence creating no water pollution and using a minimal amount of dye. I had used discarded and found textiles to create gradually fading patterns, on a series of recycled polyester fleece scarf panels. These first shirts I bought from a second hand clothing warehouse on Cheshire Street E1, and were exhaust printed using the weeds and plants that grew on the street outside my Brick Lane studio.