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3. Circular Open Source Fashion

Research & Ideation

I was checking Pinterest for inspiration and that's when I saw a picture of woven work done with paper. I really liked how the colors merged together and I wanted to try and explore the same idea with fabric.

I started exploring with the idea by drawing different designs and options that could work on fabric. The final outcome was to design a vest with joints to connect the pieces together and add the woven pieces to the back of the vest. The look of the vest can differ based on the color and the way the woven pieces are placed on the back. So you get a new design every time.

To bring the idea to life I started making a pattern for the vest. I downloaded an image of a vest pattern then started alternating with the design based on my idea using AutoCaad.

I tried different joints to connect the pieces and then decided to go with the one below, as I thought it held the design well.

I moved to the laser cutting part afterwards, imported the file to Rhino and did the plotting. Then sent the file to the laser cutting machine software. I edited the settings for the cutting, to make sure i get clean edges.

Here are the final results:

Fabrication files


  1. File: Modules 

  2. File: Laser cut sheets 

  3. File: additional models 


Last update: 2023-10-10