Your cart is empty.
Fashion Ad Sets
Fiber, Thread, Fabric,
Default Title -
FIBER, YARN, FABRIC, FASHION
Often when our resources are limited, our creativity has to make due. What if we didn’t have access to manufacturing plastic buttons, zippers, rubber etc? What can we discover through innovation and design if there is only one material? What would our current clothes and accessories look like if they were made from all one thread, one fabric? One fiber?
We know that with the nature of knit fabric, knit garments have stretch and give, so they are often inherently all one material, for the most part. We have robes and pants with drawstrings, laces and ties. Many cultural garments include such details as Chinese knot closures, even gong fu shoes with stitched cloth soles. They are often very little or zero waste, like the Japanese kimono, the caftan, and the African Kente.
SIMPLE CLOSED CYCLE
Now when there are so many materials to choose from, our garments are only becoming more complicated and are hard to dispose of at the end of their lifecycle because all the components must be harvested and disposed of separately, which rarely happens. Now having worked a few years in the industry, experiencing design, material and labor sourcing (locally, domestically and overseas) I would like to experiment with simplifying the supply and manufacture chain of clothing and accessories. In manufacturing and production, coordination encounters juggling many accounts in multiple locations, added shipping costs, varied minimums leading to unmatched inventories and overstock. Ouch.
What if there is only one source? Only two inventories and the rest is craft and craftsmanship? All components made locally in one factory?
Or a kit with information that requires only purchasing one type of thread and fabric, to be made in one home with one sewing machine and one needle, one sewing machine foot?
If the garment was just one material, organic cotton with natural dyes for example, disposal at the end of it’s life cycle would be simply to compost it.
Also, can we create ZERO waste from the outset?
There are many designers experimenting with ideas for zero waste fashion design out there, Timo Rissanen, Mark Liu, Holly McQuillan, to name a few. My senior thesis at CCA was a zero waste evening wear collection where all the pattern pieces were squares and rectangles, using darting and draping to create shapes. I was experimenting with manipulating the material, but I still used traditional closures and conventional silk fabric.
What alternatives can we create that are still intuitive and cost effective? Can we design wearable, contemporary and relatable clothing and accessories which also tell a story about the value and potential of materials, about craft? How can the limits and abilities of the material (fabric and thread) be pushed to take on the form of innovative closures and forms, yet be easily integrated into a contemporary wardrobe?
All using only two materials, fabric and thread. I would like to source organic fabric made in the US, either greige or natural color and fiber material. The fabric will be screen printed with a monochromatic scattered layered circle pattern, yet to be designed. The abstract design is based on the idea that there are multiple areas where our thoughts and actions must come full circle, where our efforts must come together. Layer by layer, circle by circle.
From this fabric, I want to create a series exploring the transformations of fabric and thread forms, openings, closure. They will be sculptural art pieces, from which I narrow the selection for a final collection featuring the new closure in a zero waste pair of pants (one of a kind or production depending on budget), a wallet, back pack and possibly a stuffed animal.
“Its in our hands”
Pants (pockets), wallets, back packs are where we keep things, we interact with them on a daily basis, they are in our hands. They are constant reminders that we have the power and the potential to effect change. These products can be purchased with fix-it kits which include squares of the same fabric and thread. (no more trying to match the same button, or sending the bag back to the manufacturer incurring added shipping costs)
The zero waste stuffed animal is for the children (or adults) for whom we try our best to protect the planet (it has a pocket where messages, hopes and thoughts are stored). It is stuffed with it’s own material which can be inscribed with the makers’ messages.
This project questions our openings, our closures, our opportunities, our preconceptions, our standards.
Minimal Materials, a Contained Cycle, and Integrated Influence for our everyday lives.