Implications and Applications#
Conscious Design Revolution#
The fashion and textile industry as other large industries, due to capitalism and globalisation and aided by a fervent consumer, are in a state of crisis, where massive shifts must happen in order to promote the recovery of a healthy industry and environment. Creatives, designers, philosophers, biologists, gurus, policy makers, activists, dreamers and lovers are necessary in order to lead this movement by awakening the masses to their own sense of ethics and responsibility for the outcomes of their habits.
We need a large shift of the mass production paradigm we are living in, and return to mindful, bespoke design.
We need to be more than seriously critical about the continuous use of non-biodegradable single use plastics (bags and packaging) and poly-fibres, since the 1970’s when plastics became a commodity, we have not seriously thought about the implications of this material until recently, when we are living the repercussions of our polluted oceans, dyeing ocean wildlife, and increasingly vast landfills seeping toxins into our soil.
Mass-consumerism has also allowed for the wide exploitation of human rights in developing countries. We are selectively blind to the horrors of fast-fashion factories because the costs are too unbelievable to deny our insatiable desire for more garments. That is in fact the point, the price is unbelievable, it is not possible to have fibre grown, harvested, combed, spinned, woven, dyed, sewn, packaged, shipped across the world, and be sold for 10 dollars or less. That means that along all of that linear path, the people responsible for the creation of that garment from the basic fibre were paid almost nothing, their workplaces are unsafe since no money is put into keeping them to any sort of standard (most atrociously shown in the 2013 Savar building collapse in Bangladesh where many mainstream brands manufacture their clothing), they work non-paid overtime and the majority of these workers have no other choice than to put up with these conditions as they are in desperate need for any steady income.
The world at large has to shift from an insatiable hunger for consuming without necessity, to a consciousness of supporting sustainable local design. This is a huge undertaking as the roots of capitalism and the desire to have that which others have and yet never be satisfied, is deeply rooted in a global culture. The biggest undertakings in shifting perception and consciousness have been through connection to a larger sense of humanity and a place within the earth and its creatures.
Quotes and Literature#
Essays and Literature#
Zero Waste + Easy Habit Swap#
Lauren Singer | Going green shouldn’t be this hard [Vox Climate Lab]
Stevie Van Horn | A Day in My Life with Zero Waste [Broadly]
Connecting to Nature#
John Reid + TEDxQueenstownRupert | The Power of Animism
Nixiwaka Yawanawa + TEDxHackney | We Are All Connected With Nature
The Wild Woman#
Depicted in the film :
20th Century Women
Autonomous, liberated, dreamer, lover, thinker, non-conformist, connected, community, nurturing
Depicted in the film : And God Created Woman
Embodied, dancer celebrator of Life, creative + Artist
Collections: Call of the Wild#
Dior | SS 2019
Alexander McQueen | SS 2019
Schiaparelli | Haute Couture SS 2018
Brand Philosphy + Ethics#
The final garments will be three conceptual pieces, shaped and informed by the most successful materials and crafting techniques based on my resarch and experimentation within the next two months. The final pieces will be accompanied by accounts of ecofeminism, which is the theme I wish to explore within this collection of work, in the form of a fashion film.
The Wild Woman + Urban Bohemian#
State of the Art + Critical Design#
Manufacturing + Crafting Techniques + Costs#
The manufacturing processes I would like to employ are informed by the philosophy of market anarchism Market anarchism, or individualistic anarchism, as far as I understand and resonate with its fundamental logic, accounts for the individual and their capacity to be self-governing, and stresses that an external agency such as government should only be concerned with protecting the individual’s freedom of choice, anything further from that, concerning laws as to how private property should be managed and dealt with, is unnecessary and in fact would be intruding or oppressing individual free will. Autonimity and colaboration within a healthy symbiotic contractarianistic society is the key to a free market. This also resonates with Ahimsa as to reach further development in an anarchical marketplace one is free to do as they wish, as long as the individual by practicing their financial freedom does not impose on others’ equal right to financial freedom, or impose onself on the environment or any living being.
Growing Materials + Natural Dyes and Pigments#
Making Machines - Open Source Hardware#
Long Term Goals#
Creating Autonomous Communities#
- Ability to manufacture in various parts of the world by sharing digital files and DIY processes
- Ability to empower communities with open source information and education on local resources and sustainability
- Ideal situation would be to colaborate with makers and people in troubled countries (i.e. Venezuela, Haiti), to foster a sense of autonimity from the governement and a transition from a predominantly capitalist marketplace to a more anarchist marketplace.
- Low cost + local materials + ability to repair machines and hack machines for personal purposes
- FUNDS: kickstarter, artist residencies, workshops, education, publishing findidngs (literature), stories
- TIMELINE: starting as a conceptual art + research piece, growing from that place to further research and community outreach + colaboration, growing to a community of makers, a lifetime of passionate work