Last night, at Better Fashion Conversations, we heard about the inspiring projects by two masters students in NCAD, Aisling Clancy and Deirdre Harte.
Aisling’s project ‘Project Homegrown’ explores local sourcing and production in the fashion and textile industries and its impact on economic, social and environmental sustainability. It aimed to establish a supply chain in Ireland from the field to the finished garment. Aisling first approached Donegal Yarns with her proposal. They loved the idea and from there she went to meet sheep farmers to look at the most suitable sheep to use. With sheep bred here for meat the first issue was quantity of suitable wool. The Cheviot sheep breed (local to Eire!) proved best here with over 1/4 of a million in Ireland. Donegal yarns were then able to assist her with the washing, blending and spinning of the the wool In the spirit of collaboration, Aisling then worked with Molloy & Sons to weave a beautiful fabric. The roll of fabric contained different colour combinations which would allow small designers to create variety from one roll. Aisling then worked with Fashion Hothouse to design and produce a coat. Aisling has produced an amazing video outlining her project which can be viewed below.Project Homegrown from Aisling Clancy on Vimeo.
Dee Harte talked about her project ‘Manifestations of Desire’ which explores ideas around self-image, identity and desire with finished pieces being made from reclaimed material from worn and discarded garments. Dee prefers to work with used fabrics as opposed to newly produced ones. Her research looked at consumption, particularly the way in which the current capitalist system perpetuates ideas around buying more and more and utilises a a narrow set of idealised images of women. Dee worked with a performance artist to create the embryonic image on display. A lot of the images that arose from this work express struggle. Dee also explored themes around mother daughter relationships and women’s views of their body.
Rosie O’Reilly from Re-dress facilitated the discussion and Rachel Tuffy, a lecturer with NCAD gave her expert opinion.
This research provides exciting possibilities for new ways of sourcing and using material and explored ideas around consumption and body image. There was plenty of discussion with the audience afterwards! The projects will be on display in NCAD from the 10th of June for people wishing to find out more.
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