This project approaches the wicked problem associated with the clothing and textile industry by exploring a generative material practice using regional fibres and multiple textile production techniques. Each artefact is a representation of their process, carrying an embedded vernacular. The series of artefacts are designed to provoke conversation around our values, the material economy, connection and to encourage a new urban mythology.

The Coat

The coat’s design is a representation of the process, every aspect carefully crafted from sketch to fibre processing, picking, cleaning, carding and felting, to pattern drafting and sewing. The transparency of it’s story is seen, smelled and felt through the materials that have been produced and designed.

Lined with silk and sewn using silk thread, the coat is designed to be composted for end of life.

The form allows for an openness in accessibility. Aesthetically inspired by Japanese fashion with an androgynous approach.

The Tote-Back

The tote-back is a versatile bag designed for daily use. Using regional fibres, the bag communicates a deep connection to the land while maintaining a polished look with ease in its functionality. The bag can be worn off the shoulder as well as a backpack.

The bag is designed for end of life using linen fabric for the lining and handles, fastening the ends of the handles with leather and sewn together using silk thread.

It’s clean, simple aesthetic allows it to be used in any scenario.

The Pouf

The pouf is home seating furniture, quality made for comfort. The woven and felted fabric offers a unique yet subtle aesthetic. The regional wool creates a soft and comforting experience.

Sewn together using yarn made from the same fibre and stuffed with straw, the pouf is designed for end of life.

It’s clean, simple aesthetic allows it to be used in any scenario.

The Story

The story of textiles told by fast fashion, has become reduced to a disposable commodity. Over the last century we have lost our traditions, our connection, and our stories associated with our most intimate artefacts, textiles.

We no longer know where our textiles are grown or the farmers that produced them. We don’t know who cleaned the fibres and spun the yarn. We don’t know where or how the yarn was knit or woven. We don’t know where that fabric was sent to be dyed or what the dyes are made of. We don’t know who cut the fabric, tracing the designer’s pattern. We don’t know in what country, in what factory, by what person our clothes have been constructed and sewn.   
The work is vast to create textile products. And it’s done all over the world, touched by many hands. This disconnection created from the current growth logic economy has allowed for exploitation and environmental destruction to control the textile industry.

From a local context there’s an opportunity to change the story. By scaling down and using regenerative farming practices and regional fibres we can start to build healthy soil and holistic ecosystems that can mitigate the effects of the climate crisis by sequestering carbon to put back into the soil.

By knowing the community of people that make textiles possible, we can start to form relationships to help our local industry thrive. A local industry can make a healthy local economy with meaningful work opportunities, building community resilience.

The Material

The material used in the series of objects has an embedded vernacular. It speaks of the land from which it grew and the hands that have touched it. The wool’s connection to the land can be felt, seen and smelled. The material has a long life to live but will some day return to the land from which it came, becoming a part of nature once more.

The sheep’s wool speaks of nature’s capacity to give generously and also it’s need for protection and care. This material urges us to live within the bounds of natural cycles and in return offers warmth, comfort and abundance.

The material is asking us to think of textiles in a new way, to gain a deeper understanding and respect for a resource that is often taken for granted. By understanding the work that goes into creating textiles the more likely we will value this precious resource.

The Making

The Process