The time is here and I’m finally sitting down to write about the inspirations behind my piece created for my first group exhibition (ahhhh) ahead of tonight’s private view…. not panicking in the slightest.
The theme being innovation and interpret how you will, so I went with the concept behind just some of the wonderful innovations I have come across within the world of fashion technology.
I have worked as a Garment Technologist (I know, say what?! Think of it as an engineer for clothing) since graduating back in 2003 and wanted to draw on this experience somehow to create a special series of works to visually communicate some of the fantastic sustainability work in this field.
Firstly, I absolutely adore film and old 50’s, 60’s movie posters. From the 3 key innovations within this area I wanted to communicate in this form that I love so much, or at least draw from to help pull together visually, each piece to tell this united story.
I have added some links within this blog and would like to highlight I’m not officially in anyway endorsing any brands and companies, just purely wanting to share these wonderful messages and work being completed out there in fashion sustainability.
My works are printed on sustainable Bamboo & Cotton Giclée paper.
Water Reduction in Denim Finishing
Specifically looking at the fantastic work of Jeanologia. A company founded in 1994 who prides themselves on leading the way with enhancing disruptive technologies (laser and eco systems) to reduce water and energy consumptions, eliminating damaging emissions and waste whilst enhancing productivity! Sounds good right.
For more specific detail as to how they have managed to reduce the amount of water use in just 1 pair of jeans from the average of 70 litres to 1 glass, please click the link: JEANOLOGIA
2. Recycled Ocean Plastic Waste
Producing new product from recycled spun yarn. Parley x Adidas for example is an inspiration in itself. For more info on the current state of our oceans and the dedicated work, activism and creative collaborations being completed by this outstanding initiative, please click on: PARLEY
3. Closed Loop Manufacturing
Producing new garments from recycled yarns from donated garments. Marks and Spencer’s recycled wool suit range 2 years ago was a specific inspiration for this one. This was my last full time position held as a Techno and for many years been a fantastic hub of developing fashion innovation and sustainability, which often gets over looked. Check it out: MARKSANDSPENCERSUIT
If you are coming to the private view tonight at the Hoxton Arches 6-9pm please do say hello. Otherwise the exhibition is free to all from the 10th - 12th October 12-6pm.
I hope you all enjoy as much as I did creating them, as I am very proud to be a part of this with some absolutely amazing Illustrators!