Stitching Stories

“Together we will use the power of fashion to inspire change and reconnect the broken links in the supply chain” Stitching Stories is a wearable e-textile which promotes the activism campaign #whomademyclothes. The piece uses a sewn circuit to explore the manufacturing story of our clothing, where lights represent makers. Taking inspiration from design activism,…

“What a strange power there is in clothing”

I have been continuing the themes of Protest, Controversy and Power Through Repetition in my work for our PNC Project and incorporated the connotations of these words into my drawing development. I wanted to achieve powerful and dramatic prints, so began working in black and white, inverting tones of original source drawings and experimenting with scale….

I’m spinning around…

Let’s get thinking circular. At the moment our economy works on a largely linear system. The principles TAKE, MAKE and DISPOSE can be seen in most areas of consumption, where natural resources are extracted, items are manufactured, bought, used and eventually disposed of. Circular Economy Design sets out to change this pattern. Instead of throwing away items,…

Fashion Revolution Dundee 26.04.16

Fashion Revolution Week 2016 has been amazing. With the official dates of the 18th-24th of April, the campaign has held an abundance of events and activities worldwide, allowing for great exposure, and in turn, a new wave of likeminded revolutionaries getting involved. In Dundee, alongside my trusty textile students, we held a #whomademyclothes Selfie Stall outside our DUSA Student…

“Buy less, choose well, make it last”

Let’s change the way we think.  Currently in my head I can think of five pieces of clothing hanging in my wardrobe, which I have never worn. I can also think of countless others which have been worn perhaps once or twice as well as a whole host of items which, when tried on, always make a…

Border Crossings Intro

Our main module this semester titled Border Crossings, focuses on Dundee’s rich textile heritage using Verdant Works, a nearby Jute Mill, as the main focus. Through research trips to the mill, which is now an incredible museum dedicated to the industry, as well as personal research on the Jute trade, we have been challenged to create work…

Fashion Revolution Ambassador, say what now?

It’s all very exciting…. Fashion Revolution is a global movement and organisation which set up after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 24th of April 2013. The eight storey building housed five garment factories, all producing goods for the western market and when the building collapsed it killed 1134 people and injured 2500, making…

It’s been a while…

Oh dear it really has! Here are some very very late photos from my final hand in of the Material Matters module last semester. I was assessed on all my sketchbook research and development work, final knit and print samples, life drawing and pinterest research boards. (1x delightfully tidy and neat looking desk – this doesn’t…

Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution, the movement and organisation, was created in 2013 after the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,133 people and injuring another 2,500. The building housed five garment factories who all produced clothing for the Western market. Managers of these establishments had previously been notified of cracks and damages to the eight storey building by employees,…

Knitting the week away

Our development week of knitting began with a trip to the yarn store to choose the yarns we would later use to create samples with. This seemed like a simple task, but in fact turned out to be quite a challenging experience. Imagine the scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where they enter the chocolate room and are confronted…

Location Drawing: Lily pads, Cacti and Carrot Cake

On Monday we spent the day location drawing at The University of Dundee Botanic Gardens. The morning began with a rather frantic walk along Perth Road, hauling an extremely full bag of art supplies and regretting the wardrobe choice of a thick turtleneck jumper which, mixed with carrying an A3 sketchbook, made for a very toasty start to…

Change By Design Introduction

Change By Design is the name of our second module this semester. Focussing on Dundee as the central point of study, the project aims to help us build an online presence as a designer, through various platforms, including social media, as well as bringing to light Dundee’s plethora of creative communities, initiatives and extremely inspiring individuals who…