Inspired by the raw beauty of natural materials, my research project investigates how we can sustain a healthy relationship with the Earth by working around what the environment has to offer.
Wanting to make the world a better place, my concept focuses on the idea of restoring our world by recognising our role in Nature and understanding that we must learn how to fit in with our environment as modern day human activities are no longer in line with natures limits. In order to change our ecological footprint and restore our relationship with the earth we must culturally evolve by adapting our ways.
Devoted to developing my values as a creative practitioner, my collection is centred around the idea of sustaining a healthy relationship with the Earth by working around what the environment has to offer. Drawing a line between tools that assist our abilities and the tools that replace our abilities, I have taken a mindful and self sufficient approach to assembling my collection, non dependant on technology to minimise impact on the environment.
I chose to use animal based materials as they can be produced respoinsibly as part of a regenerative system. Regeneration is about healing our system and participating appropriately to create a healthy environment for a healthy planet. The difference between sustainable design and regenerative strategies is that sustainable has no further impact on the environment and regenerative goes beyond this neutral point and restores aspects of the global system that have been disrupted.
The processes that I followed focus on the ‘raw beauty’ of the mateirals. My overall aim was to control the fabric as little as possible to allow the material to naturally take its own shape. Throughout my collection I experimented with different ways of joining pieces. By de-constructing and reconstructing materials in different ways I found more resourceful ways of manipulating my fabric.