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Friday, April 30, 2010


Recently I discovered the joy of pompom making. Let’s just say I’m a little obsessed, having made over 60 in under a week. When I first started, I was using old wool from home. This supply quickly ran out, so I needed to find more wool. I did buy a few balls of acrylic wool from a local $2 shop but thought there must be something more sustainable out there. If you want to stick with wool, try your local op shop.

I have a lot of scrap fabric at home, left over from other projects. So I started putting this to good use. I simply tore this fabric into thin strips to replace the wool. The results are rather interesting. I was only working in white, but I can’t wait to try some colour combinations. There are some great online tutorials out there.

This shows a quick way of making pompoms:

This way takes a lot longer, but you don’t need to cut the pompom back and I think it produces a nicer result.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The V&A museum links up with ethical fashion

A great resource of ethical fashion articles, links and interviews from the London's V&A museum.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Arimatsu Shibori: 400 years of history!



Next holiday destination: Arimatsu, anyone?

Spirit of the Black Dress

A while back, Adel and I worked together to produce a black dress for The Spirit of the Black Dress competition. The focus of this was not only to create a dress, but do so in a sustainable manner - sustainability being the theme of this year's competition.

The following are photos of the final product, accompanied with explanations that formed part of our submission. While we weren't selected in the final 10, we did receive some encouraging feedback from the judges, and it was certainly a very worthwhile exercise to undertake!

This dress celebrates both drape and geometry. A collaborative effort between myself and Adel, the dress is a short shift constructed from crepe, and features structured elements derived from up-cycled garments: a diagonally realigned, functional button wrap forms part of the front bodice, and a collar draped over the shoulder creates a long, loose, “kimono-esque” sleeve. Inverted box pleats in the front bodice panels also give the garment form.

The dress was created from sustainably sourced materials, beginning life as a blouse and skirt set (featuring an outsized, ‘80s style blouse in black crepe, along with matching straight skirt), which were then up-cycled to create the final garment.

We were determined to use as much of the original garments as possible, eliminate the use of paper (the nature of up-cycling itself), and for the dress to have a strong emphasis on hand construction.

Amazing Shibori Video

anyone able to translate this?

it's saddening how these handcrafting skills are probably dying out; the experts are all in their 80s or 90s. Is there a new generation to take over?