Fashion, design & sustainability // teacher / researcher / designer

Flowers

Details of folded silk flowers – left overs from Shrinking Violets.

Shrinking Violets 1

Two completed versions of the mock ups I developed earlier this year were exhibited at the IASDR conference in November 2015, in the Asia Pacific Design Library, State Library of Queensland. I’ve called these Shrinking Violets – a nod to the original Grow-Shrink-and-Turncoat system from which I developed the idea – but also a reference …

Kombucha project – 2015

In 2015 we ran the Kombucha project again with The Edge, State Library of Queensland. The student brief this year was to develop a shoe using kombucha. See Asia Pacific Design Library blog post and pictures of the student exhibition here. This year the students tried out a considerable variety of techniques and materials to …

Laser cutting and toiling

My current work in progress started from the idea of design for disassembly – garments that can come apart for ease of recycling. Although this was the germ of the idea, the process from then on evolved into something rather less practical. Using the grid system developed in an earlier project, I experimented with laser …

Addax and calf

Following on from prior hand-piecing, I’m experimenting with making pieced pictures. Again, this was something I did years ago, so it’s good to return to it. I began with animals. Here’s an Abbott’s Booby and an Abbott’s Duiker. I went with a public domain image of an Addax and calf. Then I translated it into …

900 triangles

I spend eight hours per week on the train, so it’s a perfect time for hand-piecing. This is the project I’m currently working on, a textile hanging of 900 triangles. I’ve used chiefly silk and cotton offcuts, with some rayon velvet. I still have about 300 triangles to go. I was inspired to begin the …

Dr (of Philosophy)

Today I got the official pronouncement that I’m now Dr Alice Payne. Enormous thanks goes to my supervisor Tiziana and everyone else in Fashion (or formerly in Fashion) at QUT: Suzi, Kath, Kay, Dean, Jane. And biggest thanks to my family – they’re just glad it’s all over.  

New making

 I’ve been working on this garment in between everything else. It’s modular – six squares and four rectangles – and can be unpicked and the squares re-used for another garment. The laser-cut holes allow for gathering, decorative stitching, or knotting-on additional layers of cloth for warmth.

Fashioning the Future Awards

I am proud to announce that I am one of the winners in the 2011 Fashioning the Future Awards, a fashion and sustainability design competition founded by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. Here is my winning entry: ThinkLifecycle, a content management system for fashion companies to integrate lifecycle strategies within their …

Bakelite Buttons

Katoomba boasts quite a few antique shops, Mr Pickwick’s being one of them. I found some lovely bright buttons there recently, and used them on the dress below. The hexagonal buttons are 1940s casein, and the two toggles on the sleeves are bakelite, probably 1920s. The supplier, Button Bower, also has a stall in the Victory Theatre antique …