GFX x Arts Thread Designer Roundup 1

The first three sustainable designers as part of #DisruptBlackFriday campaign with GFX x Arts Thread!

Stina Sanersann (Denmark) - Stories of Stranded Lives

Stories of Stranded Lives is inspired by lighthouses on the west coast of Denmark. Visiting these sites made one think about the tough coastal life in the 1800s and the living conditions for families related to sailors. Lost men they would never see again. Wrecked things washing upon the shore as the silence increases. Diving into this piece of history, we thought about the contrast of then and now, as we saw a beach full of plastic waste. We let deadstock materials and trimmings, stranded in their own lifecycle, shape this collection with wavy lines, dip-dyed knits and voluminous silhouettes.

Kayla Antonevich (USA) - Slow

The fashion industry is currently taking a huge toll on human and environmental resources. One of my top concerns is the number of textiles that end up in landfills. My hope is that my work inspires others to be more aware of our clothing’s impact on environmental and human resources. With climate change being a very serious and relevant concern of mine, I aim to create garments with minimal environmental and social impact. I also aim to create both a tactile and soothing visual experience with my designs. I hope to reintroduce how the fashion industry views sustainability as well as create a new environment for the wearer within each garment.

This garment is created entirely out of white fabric scraps. I used natural dye tecniques to dye the colored portion. I then transformed these scraps into brand new textiles which make up my garment. The movement and forms of these new textiles informed the rest of my design. To accentuate the forms and add structure, I used plastic construction materials that I found in a dumpster to act as my own version of "boning". Additionally, both of my pieces are versatile and can be worn as both a top and a bottom.

Beccy Farrell (UK) - Sustainable and Ethical Design

Using a felting technique, the small needles bind two layers of unwanted textiles which significantly reduces the amount of clothing that is thrown away. The binding of two different textiles creates a very soft and muted finish to the garment which is comfortable, wearable for both genders. All the trimmings that were left behind have been used as stuffing for cushions, chairs and couches.