Fascination with Fabrics colours and prints….
…continues to inspire my garment creations: unique, casual, sometimes luxurious: ethically sourced from recycled fabrics.
Fast fashion has encouraged the spendthrift and waste of textile materials. So many cast-offs! Year on year, the plethora of higher quality garments donated to the ubiquitous high street charity shops increases. Fabrics from high street store fashions have an incredibly long shelf life, but are sometimes discarded after one season’s wear or if the garment no longer fits. Even household fabrics are renewed more often than years ago. Such quality clothes have a long life left in them, often hardly worn at all: so the fabrics used can continue to be made into quality robes, dresses, skirts and jackets. Clothes thrown out years ago, are still here, piling up in landfills. Rather than throwing away, we need to recycle all textiles as much as possible.
We need to discourage ‘fast fashion’, where profits come before cheap labour, human energy waste, and resource depletion; particularly water. Internationally based workers are paid lowly for many hours hard work just so someone can buy many things cheaply, only to cast them out after a short while, due to fashion dictates.
Shamanic Nights makes a personal commitment to hand crafted ‘slow fashion’ and ‘Up-cycled couture’ which better describes my craft work, as each garment is very carefully hand made from cut up recycled clothes found in Devon Charity Shops. Results show how recycled textiles can still be beautiful, worthy and robust when discarded prematurely.
Linens are wonderful to work with: one pair of trousers provides large pieces, as does a flared skirt. Dresses and blouses provide prints and lace. I choose good quality cotton, linen, viscose and silk mostly, for summer dresses. Previously I wouldn’t work with polyester due to the chemicals used in manufacturing, and the issue that it never biodegrades, however, now to save some from landfill, I have started using polyester fabrics as lining for dresses and gowns. Synthetic fibres like polyester for clothes are one of the worst inventions ever! They don’t biodegrade for hundreds of years, and eventually leach their chemicals out of landfill.
Every garment I make is unique, governed by the limited supply of printed fabric components available for each garment, usually at least three, and up to seven different fabrics create the patchwork.