Garments are fusions of materials and energy brought to the body in myriad configurations, yet the dominant force in fashion, consumerism, tends to value only a narrow spectrum of fashion activity. The practices of material resourcefulness broaden this view and show a burgeoning testing ground of an alternative flows of fibre, fabric and product.
"This coat is made of an old quilt. It’s a quilt that my grandmother was going to throw away… it was tattered and it has been in the wash with something black and gotten this black tint to it. So I made it into a coat. It’s zero waste, none of the quilt was wasted. The extra pieces, the selvedges were actually sewn into this panel right here so … and it got a hood, which it wasn't initially going to have. It basically became a princess seamed coat instead of just the normal coat that I was going to make.
And then the arms got this treatment because I had to fit the fabric pieces into the quilt."
New York - January 2013
Photograph by Ellinor Stigle
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