After giving the project some thought, some edits were made to the first design brief. Below are also some responses to the product criteria!
DESIGN PROBLEM: Sustainability through Fashion –> Sustainable clothing.
*This has changed because now my aim is not to comment on sustainability anymore. I plan on commenting on identity in a sustainable manner. This has changed because it is related to my art practices.*
Although the design problem is still related to sustainability, it still seeks to encourage others to try more sustainable clothing alternatives. This will require more research which will come compiled in a follow-up post to this.
Sustainability in fashion is slowly becoming an issue that most brands will eventually have to address. Due to the nature of fast fashion, the exponentially increasing production of clothing every year, as well as the waste produced from fast fashion, fashion brands and designers must address the issue ASAP. Potential solutions include finding more sustainable fabrics (plastic infused, created from organic material, ect), or a more sustainable way of producing it. With my product, I am trying to encourage others to use more sustainable materials in their design processes! This will be seen in the materials that I use in this practical project.
However, there are possible flaws with my design, as the production of this garment might not be aiding in finding a sustainable way to produce clothing. This is also the case if the garment is planned to be reproduced for commercial use (since the audience is high fashion couture houses, which have some of their products commercially manufactured and re-distributed). Additional factors need to be considered when addressing the carbon footprint created from the garment.
Possible techniques that will be needed in this project:
Sewing/ Hand stitching
Possible ideas for sustainable fabrics: https://goodonyou.eco/most-sustainable-fabrics/
**I very likely will be using a mix of materials! **
The garment does not have a technical purpose, as in, the clothing does serve a purpose, however it is a purpose of narrative and aesthetic rather than a functional purpose (eg. Insulating, able to store, etc.)
The quality of a garment can be mainly determined from: design, craftsmanship, and textile. Quality also determines the price of the product, so say textiles/fabrics that are of better quality will be more expensive. For textiles, this can include fabrics that are hard to make/come across such as cashmere compared to cotton which is usually common and inexpensive. Good quality fabric can withhold time. Depending on the design and the purpose, quality of the fabric can be determined through variables such as permeability, absorption, aesthetic, etc. As for design, some designs require more fabric, good design needs to be aesthetically appealing. Craftsmanship will refer to the overall execution of the garment, this includes stitching, clean seams, if pins are still in the garment, and its ability to stay together as a garment. This might require learning skills such as sewing, using a sewing machine, knowing what types of thread work best with which fabric.