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Ahimsa silk organza garment featuring spun glass and wild rubber embellishment, 2018

ALTERNATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS: THREADING RUBBER

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 Threading Rubber, whereby glass yarn is threaded through hand-cut strips of wild rubber. These components are then separately attached to a fabric base through hand-sewing to achieve feathery effects.

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Making of the spun glass and wild rubber embellishment using a threaded rubber technique on ahimsa silk, 2018
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Detail of spun glass and wild rubber embellishment artefact using a threaded rubber technique on ahimsa silk garment, 2018
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Detail of spun glass and wild rubber embellishment artefact using a threaded rubber technique on Tencel, 2018
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Spun glass and wild rubber embellishment artefact using a threaded rubber technique on Tencel, 2018

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Fashioned from Nature, Design Society, Shenzhen, China, 2020

PAST EXHIBITIONS
Fashioned from Nature, The Natural History Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2019
Fashioned from Nature, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 2018-2019