My work employs research of historical techniques to respond to the sustainability challenge posed by the contemporary fashion industry.
A Government Report states that the UK buys more clothes per person than any other EU Country, sends 300,000 tonnes /£140million worth of domestic clothing waste to landfill and incineration every year, and The Clothing and Sustainability Research Group found that “the value of much fast fashion clothing is low, not only in financial but also emotional terms”.
Historically, clothes were expensive, highly prized items that were cared for, repaired, re-modelled and reused heirlooms. Elements of costume were sewn, pinned, laced and tied together on the body, and the act of dressing involved specific tools and accessories.
I have been investigating systems of temporary seaming and joining garments. This enables multiple ways of wearing, and the possibility for increasing value.
I have researched and developed systems of seaming and construction that promote multiple ways of wearing a garment and meaningfully increases their value. I am fascinated by the emotional relationships we develop to clothing through inheritance and the
re-appropriation of garments and fabrics with their own unique stories. The pieces I craft are part of a creative physical process of rebuilding, both in terms of the garments themselves and our relationship to them.