Seeds of Fashion
Project Category: Informal community group
Welcome to “Seeds of Fashion”. This is the story of a garment from seed to fashion, sown, grown and made in London.
The story includes sowing, growing, harvesting, retting, breaking, scutching, heckling, spinning, weaving, designing, printing and making. The complete lifecycle of a garment unfolded. It is a story of “slow textiles and fashion”. Revealed through film, photography – digital and camera-less (cyanotypes) – creating a visual and written diary of the journey via a website, see below for details.
The vision is to dye the fabrics using locally grown natural dye plants and print the textiles with images inspired by the development of the seedlings in their urban environment. With the advice and expertise of spinners and weavers within the M25 (London area) create the fibres into a unique fashion/art piece.
I hope to inspire people to reconnect with where their clothes come from and engender a sense of wonder at what can emerge from fibre plants grown domestically in Great Britain.
I have been volunteering at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses in South London, where I have planted flax seeds, cotton seeds and have been experimenting with jute cuttings from Brixton market. Together with other volunteers we experimented with these textile fibres and discovered the most successful fibre was flax.
I feel really excited by the growth of these “seeds of fashion”, I hope you enjoy the journey too, any thoughts and advice welcome…watch this space and will keep you posted!
Various people have come together to help with the project including Diane Sullock a founder member of BPCG and the dyers and spinners of Vauxhall City Farm
Olga Martinez – a film maker, has documented the process and these short films can be seen on the website.
Camilla Regorda a graphics graduate created a bepsoke book about the project (http://www.camillaregorda.com/Seeds-of-Fashion) and Victoria Umansky a textiles graduate from Central St. Martins was inspired to include the project in her thesis.
This second year of growing flax fibres at BPCG and this year I have also invited The South London Botanical Institute and Rosendale Primary School allotment to be involved and grow flax too. If you would like to be involved and grow some flax please get in touch, it would be great to widen out this project as much as possible.
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Brockwell park Community Greenhouses, The South london Botanical Institute, Rosendale School Allotment, L'Arche West Norwood