its a bats cave, a bird house, a garden and its 8 floors high.
nature can be such a great beauty and it will be nice to own a small piece of it. but it such a contradiction that some of the greatest beauties comes from animals and we are taking away their lives to just own a mere part of them.
but British fashion design grad student Stefanie Nieuwenhuvse and her collection titled: Biomimicry has proved to us that using discarded materials in sustainable ways can recreate nature’s work without the expenses of the environment. She took her cue from the discarded, laser-cut plywood chips she saw strewn on the floor of her school’s workshop. In collecting them, she used hand-sewing to re-make these waste pieces into a fabulous collection that also mimicks the natural patterns of snake’s skin.
her collection includes a diverse range of wearable pieces such as a bustier top, a full-length gown, trousers, neckpieces and shoes, all mimicking the skin of a snake.
” It is this quality to both retain nature by mimicking its attributes, and making use of the product’s tendencies to last, by means of its lifespan and its aesthetic perception, that makes it sustainable.”
this is truly a stunning piece of work and it has made my heart slither away like a mythical naga woman.
news credits: treehugger
image credits: behance
‘Taste the unwearables’ is a project of Eric Meursing and Marjolein Wintjes (de Culinaire Werkplaats, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) during the Amsterdam international fashion week, summer 2009. They designed especially for this occassion edible fashion accessories and for the grande finale a wedding dress made of edible rhubarb paper, and since then many more edible papers made from vegetables and fruit.
The paper created from the juice of blended plants is laid flat in a de-hyrdrator and later used for a variety of purposes.
Wintjes and Meuring have also used the paper in other projects, promoting the idea of sustainable fashion by creating clothing and accessories with the edible paper.
won’t it be nice, if a whole outfit is created by edible rice paper used by the white rabbit sweets?
news/image credits: toildrops
in this final post of the 3 part series greenwears, we’ll put the limelight on our asian counterpart, South Korea. from kimchi to their tear jerking drama series, South Korean is now the new hub for everything popular in modern culture. indeed, this South Korean artist Yeonju Sung has definitely taken my breath away with her wearable food collection.
spring onions/ leek
her choice of food materials include: tomato, purple cabbage, spring onions, banana skins. but what really got me astounded was her usage of prawn heads, lotus roots, black fungus and brinjals. her ability to look and make use or even enhances the details of the food is simply great. her impecable workmanship and fabrication towards her materials has reached an utmost level that not just preserves the dignity of the food material but also gives a second life to it.
chives/ spring onions
in her interview with artistaday.com, she said “The food medium I have chosen for clothes are not protective enough for our body, or durable. Also, it is unmanageable to the passing of time and is easily affected by surroundings. An original function of clothes as a protector for skin is totally destroyed since my clothes are made with food. In my imagination, anything could be considered “clothing” without a formal notion and frame that are usually represented as contexture of textile in a process of making clothes – with a mannequin in my case.”
personally, i think that being able to appreciate such work is a pleasure but able to produce one is another state of excitement that gets me all hyped up. certainly i would want to see such pieces actually be made wearable and last.
wood. a very common material used in fashion accessories like earrings, necklace or brooches. and also a very common material found in landfills.
but using wood as a tie? this is definitely something new and refreshing.
based in San Francisco, Wood Thumb is a company that specializes in making these beautiful wooden ties. the handcrafted ties are made from reclaimed wood collected from construction and demolition sites. its lightweight and will last you a lifetime, that is if it’s not attacked by termites.
works like bamboo toy snake, each segment of the tie is connected by elastic cord ensuring its flexibility. modeled after the ties we’ve seen the markets, these subtle beauties will require a closer look before one even notices that its made from wood. with details such as grains, knots and holes from the wood, these organic ties is a beauty on its own.
now you can make your solid fashion statement.
image credits: wood thumb