The Textile Museum, in Washington DC, is nestled amongst the buildings of George Washington University’s “city campus”. It is currently showing an exhibit called Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Reuse. The exhibit features 3 very talented designers who use every scrap in their supply chain to create truly beautiful new fabrics. The designers are: Luisa Cevese of Riedizioni in Milan; Christina Kim of Dosa in Los Angeles; and Reiko Sudo of Nuno in Tokyo. The exhibit was created by The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC. https://www.cooperhewitt.org/
“George Washington University’s Sustainability Collaborative is a collaboration between the many institutes and centers, the hundreds of faculty and students, and dozens of local and national community partners working to find innovative solutions to the pressing challenges of our times”.
“We strive to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching because we know that sustainability is not something that can be achieved from just one perspective. Partnerships between universities, businesses, non-profits, and governments are vital in supporting new technologies and policy solutions.
While viewing the exhibit, I started to imagine all of the ways I could make my favorite articles of clothing become a part of this exciting movement. With only a handful of companies in the fashion and textile trades supporting environmental health, it is increasingly important for us to look at our clothing in a new and exciting DIY way.
One way is darning; a craft once taught to young women, all over the world, in order to extend the life of their families’ clothing. With such cheap clothing available these days to replace anything that we are simply tired of, its not hard to think that darning is a craft of the past. BUT! Darning is an art. It turns ordinary and worn out into extraordinary and unique!
Jeans are the easiest garments to personalize. All it takes is a needle, some thread in your favorite colors and the desire to make your jeans truly yours.
Until next time,