Finding a way to reconnect people with process and value possessions. This will join both sustainability and social awareness in an understated way. Making a natural reconnection to products that become things owned and loved. This item will be treasured and have social connections that will tell a story in memories. I will be able to be mended and handed on growing the story of memory and into history. When it can no longer be mended then it can return the earth where it will be given a place to linger and join into a new start of life.
This reconnection would be all inclusive of gender, age or race.
My earliest memory of a possession was actually a Christmas one. We were waiting to move into a newly built house and was spending Christmas with my mother’s parents, Nanny and Pampy. I sleeping on a sun-lounger top and tailing with my younger sister. I can’t actually remember opening the gift from Santa but I can remember the object in good detail. It was a miniature range come Welsh dresser with a stove, oven, shelves and pans; a creamy white colour with red and blue trim. I clearly remember playing with the miniature pots and pans being fascinated with how small they were.
Over the years there have been several objects that have stayed in my memory. They were special in different ways quite often relating to a memory or good for a specific purpose. When these items were lost or broken, not usually by me, I grieved their loss knowing that the memory would linger but the physicality of a deep desire was gone.
Many objects today are here today gone tomorrow with no hidden meaning or value. Society has built an attitude that under-values almost everything. Instant gratification being the greatest achievement and if not for-filled no value is placed in it.
Recently I was fortunate enough to be involved with Love the Future which hosted a series of sustainable fashion shows. It took place in the Lantern at the Coltson Hall, Bristol. My first contact was to have my Graduate Fashion Show collection re-aired in a new venue. This collection was generated over 6 months full time study on a BA hons Fashion course finishing this year in June 2015.
At concept level eco-ethics were engaged to influence design and fabric choice, remembering to include vary-fit and quality sustainable fabrics to reduce undamaged discard. Other considerations were to extend the wearable season and occasion whilst reducing actual amount of garments in the wardrobe.
Inspiration was drawn from the urban myth that Albert Einstein had five identical suits. While the colour palette came from a nature photograph, which evoked thoughts of Cornish smugglers and the corruption that bled through society. Whereas metal finishes, strength, decorative seams and clean lines were stimulated by the interior view of the Dali Museum, which celebrates it’s contemporary construction revealing some of it’s bones.
Garment design was achieved though manipulating second-hand garments on the stand. Transforming sketches into garment shape and toiling to correct style lines and fit using recycled fabric where appropriate. Continued artful study of artefact and interpreting images using machine and hand embroidery enhancing with found objects in embellishment.
The resulting collection is timeless style with unique openings and fit solutions. In a reliable capsule wardrobe that gives great style combinations. It’s versatility increased with the reversible nature of key items such as dress, skirt and trousers. In garments with clean unfussy line with dirty tweeds and frayed edges whilst metallically embellished using rustic embroidery.
I was also asked to design and make two outfits for the Labour Behind the Labour show. The theme was red and blue using recycled fabrics and remenants.
I chose to recycle the fabrics and make a new textile in the form of patchwork. Leaving frayed edges and visible joins breaking the smooth finish and highlighting its previous uses in old stitch and dart marks.