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

Shrinking Violets

In this project, I continue to explore design for disassembly and reassembly through laser cut silk garments that can ‘grow’ or ‘shrink’ with user interaction. The work features layering, threading and knotting, drawing on traditional quilting techniques to form embellished surfaces. The result is a system in which the laser cut grid and knotting form a patterning device integral to the garments’ construction.

The first Shrinking Violets were exhibited at the IASDR Interplay conference in November 2015, and then at artisan gallery in 2016.

Left: ‘Jade vest’, right: ‘Jade vest’ detail (photo: Jonathan Rae)

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