Classes for winter quarter began last week, bringing with it an explosion of homework.
Inevitably I have already spent many hours researching and encountered some interesting materials, manufacturing techniques, designs, upcycling, high-tech textiles and much more during my ramblings. I am constantly looking for inspiration for my designs, here are some ideas that inspire me. These are great products and I would love to see more of them in stores. It is these innovative ideas that make me excited to enter the industry.
I encountered zero waste patterns, an exciting find, especially for those who are lazy because you can buy them. They are great inspiration for technical designers. The conscious design of these garments are a marker's dream! These garments can be cut with very minimal waste yet create fresh designs.
The umbrella that gives back. A lot To Say is selling an umbrella that is 100% recycled plastic polyester. Made from a dry process, this fabric is made from trash found on the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia. Not only does this umbrella keep you dry, a portion of the sales go back to providing clean water to the citizens of this city. How is that for guilt free purchasing? Baggu. Never mind the redundancy, I love the idea of having a bag in my bag! Whenever there is a need to transport any unexpected items, no problem! For the eco-friendly shopper who is forgetful this idea will prove itself in the checkout line at the grocery store. Tip: if you use your own bag at Trader Joes you get to enter a weekly raffle for free groceries, these baggu definitely increase you chances.Another form of upcycling plastic is these translucent accessories. Thee broaches below put fast fashion's disposablity to shame. These are elegant and show have no resemblance to the trash and plastic bottles used to construct them. Furthermore, they speak to the light and airy spring weather that I am longing for right about now. High-tech textiles that do much more than cloth you, the eliminate toxic waste. Using carbon filter technology, this new textile breaks down toxins and can protect you from bio warfare among many of its uses. To this end, it can also purify air, for those of you who with a fear of germs and a dislike of doctors' mask a dress made out of this fabric is your solution. For the rest of us we can be grateful for the good this textile does the environment. Read more here! Genevieve Mateyko and Pamela Troyer have also created a garment that purifies air. Using different technology, a system of wires and sensors keeps things illuminated and exciting. Would you feel better about your clothing if it generated pure air or did more than just keep you warm? When will we see these technologies in stores? "Detectair" may need a product developer's touch before this happens, none-the-less, this is an innovative garment.The first weeks of the quarter have been exciting and filled with new and familiar faces and as you have read lots of homework. When I am designing I try consider more than just the aesthetic of the garment. Above are great examples of wats to give products added value by considering more than style lines, silhouettes and colors. Happy researching to all you students and remember, when designing, beauty is only skin deep.