Today we had a talk by Emma Smith who was a previous student in textiles and is now doing a masters. It was very inspiring as I was very familiar with her talk of sustainability within textiles and how consumers effect it as I am currently doing this for my dissertation.
My proposal is actually questioning consumerism in the way that ‘does it actually affect sustainability?’ or is it the textile industry? so her research linked closely with my own within constellation. I was very intrigued to listen to her and I knew what she was talking about which was a plus!
Within her talk she had mentioned ‘wrap’ which I briefly covered in the first term of Constellation, it is a great site to get statistics from and is a reliable source of information, I am so pleased I was reminded of this website! Her discussion was also about consumption vs compulsive consumption, which is a want instead of a need. We tend to want so many things that overpower our capacity to keep things that we end up throwing perfect products out.
The textile industry is a driving start to change the way we are, as there are a lot of innovating designers out there coming up with ideas and plans to make the world greener. Emma mentioned fast fashion, and how we aren’t satisfied with what we have and the worth and value of a clothing item when you can buy more turned out fast fashion.
There is also a type of obsolescence I hadn’t looked into before – Aesthetic.
This is the need for products and materialistic things to look new all of the time. Emma also mentioned ways we can help reduce the clutter and mentioned videos and checklists on how to capsule your wardrobe as well as ‘turn your hangers around’ which is something I do every year – you have the hanger the opposite way and if you haven’t worn it within the year it’s time to get rid of it. Either give to charity or sell online!
We also looked into ownership, and how people like to have possession of things. It was said that we enhance our clothing to keep it looking new, if there is a hole in our tshirts, etc, so we have the control over clothing to last longer.
I wrote something similar in my proposal, how people are buying ripped tights when essentially you can just rip an ordinary pair yourself. Emma spoke about ripped jeans, and how people don’t rip them themselves, they buy it as it is a trend and gives them a certain aesthetic to fit in with their lifestyle they may want to achieve within their look.
Also Anna had made a comment on how clothes that were unwanted seemed to have been of a certain colour, which was purple, that was donated to women in Africa. I found this interesting as I am also not a fan of the colour purple, I wouldn’t have it as a clothing item so I tend to always stay away from it.
It was very interesting and I was glad to have sat in and take these notes so I can keep thinking and be questioning sustainability in my own practice.