I am a visionary and a thinker, my biggest strengths are in empathy and ideation. My main passions in life are discovery, learning and knowledge, and DMC has given me the chance to put this to good use. My research so far has primarily been on the human relationship to the material world, which I explore in my Final Major Project in a more socially and environmentally engaged way. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of a course that is so right for me and I will continue to use design strategy and design thinking as a tool to apply to many endeavours in life.
About your project:
To achieve a circular economy waste needs to be redefined. The fashion and textiles industry is the second biggest polluting, second to oil—decomposing garments release methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming drastically. My research shows that young people send clothes to landfill mostly because they deem them as “unwearable” (torn, holed, stained, worn).
Garmentales is a place, a concept where damaged garments are valued, where new tales could be told via stained t-shirts and ripped Primark underwear. The idea is for an upscale culture of environmentally- conscious creativity, a playground for mending, upcycling, downcycling and discussion with no experience or skills needed. Damaged garments need a new home, and we should learn to use a material as many time as we can before recycling, let alone binning.