Natural Bundle Dyeing
by Rebecca Barton
Fashion designers use a range of processes and methods in order to develop clothes designs. At the top level this can include creating collages, rough sketching and working on a stand. This fun activity introduces aspects of design development as well as producing work suitable for a creative portfolio.
There is a growing market for sustainable / slow fashion. More people are beginning to buy second hand clothes and indeed recycle and customise their existing garments. Alongside this, activists such as Greta Thunberg have made us all aware of the issues surrounding single use plastics and the environment, and the Extinction Rebellion movement has galvanised the young to stand up and protest about these issues.
Using the objects you have gathered, make 5 collages, creating exciting fashion silhouettes. Glue them down when you are happy.
Don’t worry if the garments don’t look wearable – the braver the better!
REMEMBER… record your process, that way you will have lots of ideas as well as the 5 you select
This task asks you to recreate and refine your initial ideas but at a larger scale. This will challenge you to think how your design works around the entire body. It will also allow you to consider construction.
The first two activities should give you an idea about scale, pattern, silhouette, and construction, however they should be seen as starting points only. Further development could include making garments and accessories with the household objects or sketching from the work on the stand to develop it into feasible garments.
Thank you for taking part in the Ravensbourne University London Art&Design Saturday Club Workshop.
Designers who are at the forefront of sustainable fashion:
Contributed by Rebecca Barton, Ravensbourne University London Art&Design Saturday Club
Rebecca has worked as for several companies as a freelance womenswear designer, specialising in womenswear tailoring, but also more recently resort wear. Clients have included Mulberry, River Island, Kookai, Albeni.
“It’s been great to work with such a friendly and enthusiastic group of young people who have shown their genuine love, talent and commitment to learning about the fashion industry.”