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Lindsey Truman, Fashion MFA graduate from Academy of Art University showcased her Senior Thesis Collection in September 2016 at New York Fashion Week. ‘The inspiration for my thesis collection began with a photograph I recently found of my great-great-grandmother, Mary Esther Brereton-Ingram, when she was in her early 20s. Inspiration also came from my indigenous heritage as well as from Christopher Nemeth’s repurposing of old postal sacks.
‘In order to be as sustainable as possible, the fabrics used are repurposed antique textiles (linens and grain sacks), designer end cuts (brocade, wool, cotton) and linen, a naturally eco-friendly fabric. Antique grain sacks bearing original graphics, initials and embroidery were repurposed to create tailored silhouettes with a rough edge, juxtaposed with linen and cotton gauze to add softness. Garments appear to have already had their own life and story, giving a sense of their history and the people who used them. I want to honour that history and simultaneously modernise it – in the same way that I want to honour my own heritage, draw strength from it and build a legacy for the future.’
Pat Guzik, an alumna of Kraków School of Art and Fashion Design KSA, is on ARTS THREAD with her Heaven is a Place on Earth collection. Pat also won the EcoChic Design Award this year. ‘Texture, color and shape are important elements of the collection, and the forms are enhanced by patterns and prints. For example, I used a rug-making technique using second hand wool to make the textured jumpers. In terms of color palette, I used a lot of white, blue, violet and cobalt. I also collaborated with Polish illustrator, Mateusz Kolek, who designed the print based on the proposed color palette and my moodboard. He developed it after the many discussions we had about the theme, and is a labyrinth of symbols that take the audience through my story. This printing technique has also enabled me to bring new life to discarded textiles.’
Kingston University’s Plaire Plimchanok Chaiphet‘s ‘Sustainable project Fashion Monster with DR. Noki. Apart from old unwanted clothes, there are also some unwanted household items used to create the monster; used ink cartridges, broken speakers, egg cups from Christmas crackers, fibre optic from my stepdad’s factory, a bamboo rice steamer, wool and yarn left over from a knitwear project. The top is constructed using a jacket from my friend, tummy control underwear, and a pair of velvet leggings to make long sleeves. She also carries a new born alien baby on her back, the idea was inspired by a thai hill tribe women who has to walk up the hill on a daily basis therefore she put baby in back pouch to be able to walk conveniently.’
Still the Same is a Master thesis project by Lisa Rammelkamp, a recent graduate from University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. ‘This study intends to rethink the way clothing is currently produced by questioning the status quo of fashion and exploring alternative production methods. Since the beginning of clothing, pieces of fabric are either knitted or sewn together in order to obtain an article of clothing. To fit the human body the final product has to be three-dimensional, but the patterns and fabrics currently used are two-dimensional. To create a 3D-product, the edges of the 2D-pieces are connected with seams. Inspired by production techniques used in other industries two potential methods of producing clothing without sewing or knitting were examined.’
Bio Step by Jade Dulam, Textile Design BA Hons student from Chelsea college of Arts UAL, is ‘a sustainable collection of handmade safe biodegradable plastics made out of raw materials, infusing recyled yarns within the plastics. Creating pattern pieces in the construction of a sneaker for sportswear and showing development and experiemntal samples showcasing the evolution of consistencies of bioplastics, introducing new material futures.’
See more projects from ARTS THREAD members internationally working in the field of Sustainable Fashion and Textile Design.