from under video: '(A suit for one body or more. To encourage/restrict/alter body movements and to have conversations in.) In this case 2 persons. In a white cube. Cut so that, upon entering the suit, no skin is revealed. Skinless. (Skinless cut) (thanks to Saskia, fellow tomato performance person)'
some things suggested in this book as being 'eco-design'/qualities: - recycling found materials, extending product life (e.g. re-shaping plastic objects, in this case, into a stool) - conserving water - use of alternative energy - 'innovative use of sustainable materials and design' - ethical labour practices - eco-friendly materials (e.g. certified organic cotton) - eco-friendly disposal of waste - social awareness - minimal, recyclable packaging - organic, all-natural ingredients - simplicity of construction - hemp - reclaimed materials - innovative use of waste materials (Fabric Horse by Carrie Collins in the United States: re-uses durable materials incl. car buckles, carpet, old banners and signs, car-seat upholstery etc.) - recycled materials (Demano Bags from Spain: bags made from discarded event banners) (Sonic Design from the United States: condom vase and a flashlight constructed inside a deodorant case) (Trash-a-Porter at nydesignroom from the United States: reclaimed textiles into clothes) (Recycled shoes by URoads in Italy: shoes where the soles are made from reclaimed tyre treads.) - non-toxic materials - modular components - harnessing renewable energy - natural, bio-degradable materials - easy to transport - low-impact materials - flat-packs - no glue or adhesives - humanitarian - long life span - multi-functional - renewable resources - biodegradable - easily recycled - lightweight - low-impact deconstruction
as the book is Architecture/Fashion/Product, not everything is directly applicable to fashion, but interesting to consider. particularly for packaging and transport.
'Can the term ‘sustainable fashion’ really exist, or is it a paradox? How does the fashion industry, from celebrity designers to mass market retailers, tackle the problem of environmentally friendly fashion practices? Is it about local knowledge, and how does this work in the global economy? And what does ‘sustainability’ mean to you? In an industry notorious for its wastefulness, and in a world where the designer label is king, how do we shift the paradigm?' some questions posed by Sam; mind, elbow grease and soul of Bento, a new Australian-everything label with a focus on quality, beautiful fabrics and staple items.
(the original blog post can be found here, with a place to download audio, i imagine from the sustainability discussion at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, Queensland earlier this month. (i haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but intend to, internet permitting.)
an article I just read:
first paragraph: 'Australia has an extraordinary independent fashion scene. The young emerging designers we saw at MSFW recently did not disappoint, with many showing signs of promising careers. At a time when Aussie retailers are flailing within a market that shows no signs of budging, independent and emerging designers need our support now more than ever. It’s crucial the fashion community gets behind our independents, or risk loosing them to international retail giants such as ASOS, Zara, Topshop, H&M and Urban Outfitters.'- /// Street Fash sustainability things.this article mentions quality.
making things which are able to be loved for a very long time.
things that will last long enough to become vintage.
fear: vintage becoming 'anything from last season' because after that, it falls apart.high quality fabric and production.