Work > Scraps of Society

This collection was the predecessor to Stream. Line. (see collection in Portfolio) and takes on a different aesthetic.

We are practically buried in cast off clothing. Only about one fifth of the clothing donated to charities is actually sold in thrift shops. We have a plethora of textiles to re-work with, but many solutions to creative repurposing need the designer’s eye and hand present in the entire reconstruction process of each garment. This poses many challenges as opposed to conventional cutting and assembling pattern pieces from flat yardage in a production setting. My solution uses simple pattern pieces cut from cast off garments. These pieces can then be reassembled in a streamline fashion to create complex, varied, intriguing garments in a factory setting in a consistent manner.

Aesthetically, this collection is a new take on a post-apocalyptic society. It suggests that the "apocalypse" in a way has already happened in our current world. The current state of our society and environment is already at a place that is dysfunctional enough and past due for change, no need to wait for some cataclysmic symbolic event. Many people are already living lifestyles based off their awareness of our limited resources.