In February 2015 I visited Beaudesert, Queensland to look at a large collection of clothing - pretty much everything owned by one lady her whole life. I saw crimplene trousers, printed frocks, tartan acrylics, nylon dresses and all manner of homemade and shop bought clothing from the 1940s to today. There were six or [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
My book chapter for S. Muthu's Handbook of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Textiles and Clothing was published in August 2015, available here. Full details on QUT Eprints. Textile waste is a significant contributor to landfill yet the majority of textiles can be recycled, allowing for the energy and fibre to be reclaimed. This chapter examines the [...]
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 [...]
Many moons have passed since I updated this blog - in fact all of 2015 passed. So the next few posts will record several of my projects, travels an experiences from 2015 - the most memorable being Florence. In February 2015 I went on delightful holidays to a Thai island called Koh Samui. I stayed [...]
Part 2 of the Kombucha Project can be read about here at the QUT Creative Cluster blog.
This semester we are working with the first years and The Edge to develop accessories made from textiles grown from bacteria. Read more here at the QUT Creative Cluster blog.
Fashion and war don’t seem an obvious pairing, but the military jacket is a fashion staple. It may take the form of a double-breasted dress uniform with brass buttons and epaulettes, trimmed in rock star braid, or it may be a khaki combat jacket, worn with Doc Martens and a scowl. Here I explore how [...]