The BA Fashion graduate collection: “Grandmother of cats – dressed drunk“ is a five-look collection of upcycling-design-tools generated thing+thing=hybrids. Materials such as waste garments or non-textile-objects are re-contextualized together into new wearable hybrids and new expressions. Every piece of material featured and used is sourced in different Swedish post-consumer waste-streams. The collection lifts a serious cause with a touch of humor and therefore make the subject of overconsumption more reachable.
Materials are from second hand and waste materials.
Hanna Ryd, The Swedish School of Textiles
The work originates from the muse created to give equal value in discarded material a persona. A crazy-cat-lady-like muse that compulsively hoards every possible item in her house, valuing low-status-material single-use-waste-collection equally to her high-status-material jewelry box. Stating that every material has some sort of value that one can enhance and add to through re-contextualization, repeats or manipulation.
All group objects:
Each decision during product development affects sustainability and circularity. To develop products with lower environmental impact, the design team needs to be well aware of each component and process, and their individual and combined effect on the final product and its longevity.
One challenge is having comprehensive knowledge regarding sutainability when it comes to all of the components and processes that are a part of the production and lifetime of the garment. An additional challenge is implementing alternative design methods that do not require virgin components. Ongoing research inspires and shows methods to re-make existing products to have new functionalities and designs with an upgraded look.
With higher traceability when it comes to materials, components, and processes, there are increased possibilities for more conscious decisions. If communicated well, this gives the consumer a better basis for decisions.