In tandem with a Percival collaboration, Traid invited me to design and produce a capsule collection of womenswear pieces using their fabrics. All garments were manufactured locally in the UK using high quality materials that would have been wasted, had they not been donated to Traid. The collection featured an oversized double-breasted coat in various heavy wools, a long tailored jacket and a shorts playsuit in silks and crepes. It was sold in Traid’s Dalston store and on their website. Many thanks to The Right Project for facilitating the collaboration.
Lime wood 26cm x 9.5cm x 13cm; cotton lashing
The ultimate sustainable approach to design is to prioritise the potential longevity of the designed item and consider its later maintenance as a key part of its essence. The features of this object are reminiscent of those found on a wooden boat. This draws attention to the effort and passion with which a boatowner cares for their vessel. Ownership in this sense does not imply passive consumption. Furthermore, an engaged relation of labour constitutes part of the enjoyment of such possession.
Displayed at the Re-Dress exhibition at Dún Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures July 2010.
Thanks to Chris Pendrich for wood carving mentorship.
“If the World came to an end how would you imagine starting over?
What is the best thing about having less work, less money and
more time? How would you best spend your (Free*) time?
How can we re-orientate ourselves in a changing world? What do we hope for the future? A moment of recession marks a deceleration and slowing down, and an opening up to a time of reflection, reservation, and conservation. In a state of lull is there opportunity forge new values, forms of solidarity, closer familial ties, and healthier modes of consumption? Is there value within a moment of quietude for much needed reflection?”
The End of Something project at Volume, August 2009.
114-116 Amersham Vale, Deptford Police Station, New Cross, London SE14 6LG
The smallest actions have an impact in an interconnected closed and finite system. The awareness of consequence tackles nihilism. To realise finitude is to unravel infinite possibility. This creates a context for powerful action and a potential end to apathy.
With thanks to James Wignall (Structural Design), Monique Dorniak, Ryo Himuro and Camille Roman (Sewing) and all donors of garments and stuffing.
My seating sculpture will be shown at this exhibition. Private View 17th March 2009, 7pm.
The Centre of the Universe presents an untitled, yet heroic group exhibition, a performance by Jordan Hunt and a public artist’s salon. The show is happening within an exhibition by graduating students from the Royal College of Art’s Curating Contemporary Art MA course.
Jordan Hunt’s performance: 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th March
Interconnected Echoes – Matthew Stone’s Artist Salon: 3pm Saturday 23rd March
18 – 29 March 2009
Royal College of Art Galleries, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Open daily 11 am – 6pm, free admission.
Public information: www.cca.rca.ac.uk or Tel: 020 7590 4444
Press preview: 17 March, 10am – 12 noon
Private view: 17 March from 7pm
A full list of public events will be available on the website: www.cca.rca.ac.uk
The clothes swap at Cafe Oto on Sun 1st March was a great success. Thanks to all who contributed!
Re-Dress are an organisation based in Dublin set up by three vibrant ladies Rosie O’Reilly, Kellie Dalton and Kate Nolan for the promotion of sustainable fashion and textiles in Ireland.
I participated in a project for their stand in the Green Area of Electric Picnic 08. The brief was to ‘upcycle’ a tent into a garment. I used an old 60’s British army tent with some high-quality original details which I preserved in the final piece. The idea was to highlight the importance of intention in design. If you do not intend that a product will be recyclable at the end of its first life-span, then the inevitable outcome for its life after recycling is a lower grade product.
Braungart and McDonagh in Cradle to Cradle use the example of recycled plastics being made into synthetic fibres for the use in clothing where the chemical content of those fibres was never intended to sit against the body and can in some cases be in fact harmful. One of my original concerns was the suitability of tent textile for use against the body, and I contemplated creating an upcycled object for the project that was not necessarily wearable. But I guess if you can sleep in a tent, you can wear it right? And either way, there are certain restrictions to upcycling which probably only apply on a mass-manufacture scale and the value of hand-crafted one-off pieces transcends all those concerns as there is automatically transparency in the process.
In aligning a tent with clothing, there are joint properties that can be explored – protection and shelter. For this, I went with a cloak, as an object that is possibly inhabited more than worn.