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Gender-Neutral Clothing Maker Extravaganza
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About a year ago, my friends started having babies. The dynamics of conversation and time spent together changed immediately. My close friends suddenly had a lot of new stuff to deal with and a whole new set of needs to orient their path in the world. One point consistently was made in conversation and I couldn’t help but notice this unanimously perceived void in the world of children’s clothes. From what I gather, there are two types of clothing for kids: cheap, highly gendered, terribly designed, non-durable clothing; or really expensive clothing that’s often off the mark in terms of desired style.
For the past six months I’ve been working in my studio to create fun, contemporary graphics and designing gender-neutral clothing for kids and babies. My experience and range of abilities has limited me to focus on the graphics. I have reached out to seamstresses and fashion designers in an effort to design clothing that’s completely unique, but those inquiries haven’t panned out. The Workshop Residence could be the perfect environment to create a simple line of clothing, ethically and locally made and up to the expectations of todays parents.
One of the main purposes of the maker movement is to reorientate employment within the local community. I propose a project that does the following: produces clothing for kids and adults adhering to the above guidelines; generates an easy to replicate process model for creating the above clothing; publish and distributes instructions for any individual to manufacture their own clothing based on the process discovered during the workshop residence.
Beyond creating imagery that’s contemporary and an obvious relief to the corporate monotony that surrounds, the questions that arise for me are: what are all the methods that could be used to assemble clothing; what materials are available and where do they come from; What is the most ethical and sustainable method to acquire materials and assemble them into clothing; How does a maker adhere to the above standards and still produce affordable products?
I see the Workshop Residence as an opportunity to expand my studio to a place where the exciting questions above may be answered.