As a conceptual designer I am committed to merging different artistic disciplines to create a modern contemporary design language as my contribution to cultural activity. In the midst of this I believe that the protection of our planet should be on the back of our minds for each and every step.
All of the garments from this collection exist because of post-consumer ‘waste’, sourced through charity shops as well as ‘vintage (kilo) sales’. Old unloved garments were carefully deconstructed followed by the construction of new garments using those materials to give new life. If we fail to protect our environment, what will all the prosperity we gained aid us in the end if we are going to lose the planet because of it?
This is a story about: strength, speed, abandonment, restrictions, dynamics, power, belonging. It discusses the ambivalences of speed, power and helplessness while feeling trapped and anchored. My collection is inspired by a short fictional story I created about a young lady trying to flee from the tiny conservative village she grew up in.
Troubled by self doubt as she puts her future in perspective, she decides to run away one morning. She rushes through her wardrobe and sprints through the fields next to her house seeking a more fulfilling life. As she is running she finds herself in the village once again, she can not leave, she is part of it, it is part of her.
As a response to the more and more apparent climate crisis, which has been showing its devastating effects in recent years, that sees the fashion and textiles industry as one of the major contributors and polluters, I established an alternative and sustainable design route to creating new garments using post consumer waste. This eco-friendly approach sits with the story of the young lady I created who rushes through her wardrobe, packing everything she can, subsequently trying to flee from the conservative village she grew up in, that informs the concept and inspiration behind this collection. Therefore it was obvious to me to use old, unloved garments that still inherit this small part of their previous owners’ lives, sourced from charity- and vintage shops as well as eBay. Carefully manipulated or dissected and picked apart after arrival, in order to create new dynamic shapes which would not have been created through the ordinary and standard process of sketching, flat pattern cutting and toiling.