I am Annah-Ololade Sangosanya and this is my personal Fabricademy page. I will be posting my work every week so feel free to navigate around!
I am a freshly graduated 23 years old engineer in biology and biochemistry. I am french and nigerian and I have pretty much followed a scientific school cursus all my life and am now qualified in bacterial, animal and plant cell culture, genetic modifications or thermical, chemical and biological industrial processes. This school cursus made me particularly sensitive to the ecological cause, especially when I followed a course about analysing the life cycle of objects and clothes. Since I was young, I always loved sewing and recently made more and more projects towards upcycling clothes and pieces of materials that would be considered as waste with the goal of finding ways to upcycle them better (ripped or stained clothes, pieces of material too small to make a new cloth out of).
I am not very advanced in the professional world yet but I want to make a difference while doing something that makes me happy, which I think I can figure out combining biology, chemistry and fashion at fabricademy.
- Fabricademy Barcelona.
- 2021: internship in the EnobraQ start-up. Scientific bibliographic research; metabolic and genetic engieneering of microorganisms such as the Escherichia coli bacteria and the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast to express the plant enzyme RuBisCO and enhance its catalytic proprieties; biochemical characterization of the new enzymes; statistical analysis with R program.
- 2020 quarantine: developpement of upcycling based sewing projects.
- 2018-2021: Institut National de Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse, Engineering diploma with a specialisation in biological and biochemical engineering.
- June 2017: obtention of the diploma "professional aptitude certificate - fashion industry jobs, loose-fitting clothing" as an independent candidate.
- 2016-2018: Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Sorbonne Universités. Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry and Earth science. Presentetion of two collections during the university talent contest.
- 2015: Creation of the concept of the brand "AOS".
Upcycling Denim: recreating Alexander McQueen out of old ripped jeans¶
How to make a new product out of non-reusable old clothing? This is a question I asked myself after a school project about the analysis of a T-shirt's life cycle. Old clothing that are not good enough to be resold second hand, ripped or stained are most of the time decycled and considered as waste or in the best cases used for isolation material. How to revalue these clothes which, at first sight, are only good to be thrown away? I tried to answer this question by taking two ripped and unwearable jeans and looking for inspiration among my favorite designers. I found inspiration in an Alexander McQueen denim dress that is made of many small denim pieces. This project allowed me to improve in the work of the jeans, in the drawing of pattern by molding on a mannequin, gave me a first glimpse of the textile dyeing and allowed me to find other ideas of projects for the recycling of "waste" clothes.
I made a tutorial video on my YouTube channel retracing all the steps of the making of the dress.
Getting acquainted with dyes¶
In my process of discovering dyes and how they work, I decided to totally unravel a denim jacket and do different treatments on different pieces. I bleached some pieces to recolor them afterwards and tried a gradient on one of the pieces. I then decided to sew the jacket as it was originally made.
This project allowed me to learn about dyeing techniques and to study the reaction of fabrics to treatments. It gave me the desire to continue exploring other techniques such as natural dyes as well as the creation of patterns using the wax technique that I discovered during a trip to Nigeria.
Tailoring and pattern making projects¶
The more I experienced sewing, the more I learnt how to make complicated garments and to make my own patterns, and the more I defined my own style. The further presented projects are a selection representing my current style: straight tailored shapes, bright colours and chic.
- I drew this dress and imagined the pattern considering I wanted it to have the least pieces possible. I combined the pattern of a blazer and a skirt to do so and used a thrifted tablecloth for the printed material. The lining was also thrifted.
- I experimented with new materials in this project by using lycra to make a set of two swimsuits. Most upcycled clothes are made out of cotton, but what about the synthetic fibers? Through the making of these two swimsuits, I experienced working with lycra for the first time. The material used here is a new one but after this first attempt, I can figure ways to upcycle small pieces such as sport tshirs or leggings made of synthetic fibers.
- The material used for these suit pants and blazer was bought in Nigeria when I visited my family for the last time. I fell in love with the fabric colours and motives and kept it for a long time before actually sewing something out of it. This two piece suit is very representative of my style.
- According to the National Institute of Circular Economy, the cutting steps generate between 20% to 30% fabric scraps. In order to reduce this waste of material and ressources at my scale, I focused on making a pattern generating as little fabric waste as possible for this skirt. Thus, I focused on minimizing the curves and using as many square shapes as possible in order to reduce the scraps if the skirt was to be industrially produced.