ALTERNATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS: ADAPTED WIG MAKING WITH EMBROIDERY
Animal products including fur, feathers and exotic skins are problematic materials yet they remain popular as decorative embellishments in contemporary fashion. As part of PhD practice research, novel textile embellishments were developed based on the historical and contemporary attraction of fur and exotic animal materials, forming future embellishment which can be created using new and sustainable non-animal materials. This project included the planning, design and delivery of in-depth interviews and workshops with the fashion industry, case study research at the Victoria & Albert Museum archive, as well the production of a series of textile artefacts and a garment.
A range of alternative forms of embellishment were explored, including experiments with materials varying from glass yarn, to wild rubber and sustainable sequins, in combination with the creation of novel material manipulation techniques.
One of the techniques developed is Adapted Wig Making with Embroidery, whereby glass yarn is attached to a base materials using a combination of wig making and embroidery elements to create a secure join.