Waste Not!

Sustainability needs to start at consumption. How might we defamiliarize textiles in order to better understand their value? For this project, I started with imagining clothing as a new way to relate to our bodies. Through reflection and research, I moved forward to the community of people who had touched each item of clothing. To relate back, I mapped factory workers positions and found a way to manipulate used clothing to mimic these postures. As an act of embodiment, I wore this restrictive outfit for as long as possible while thinking about people who spend 14+ hours a day in this position – I lasted one. This rope suit as a thinking device and an action of embodiment affected how I felt about my clothing beyond what I expected. Could this kind of physical reflection affect our attitudes towards fast fashion?