The Rebirth of everyday clothing / Jasmine

I began to practice upcycling as a young girl, pursuing crafts at home without any traditional materials. My grandparents would hand me off “junk”, which became my creative medium.

Then through my high school environmental club one year, I was given the task to take on a Upcycling project where I had to research and or invent creative ways to take items, and give it a new life.

I started making tote bags out of old t-shirts, and then pop-tab bracelets out of collected soda can tabs. The more I looked into it, the more ideas formed.

Upcycling became second nature to me; this project was made for designers like me!

The fashion industry contributes the utmost wastage in the landfills every year. Imagine 14 million tons of textiles being sent to the landfills every year. They will sit there for hundreds of year, and cannot decompose because of the toxic and synthetic materials used to manufacture them.

Then imagine the pollution released by these toxins…into the air, into the water, and into our bodies. These clothes are dominantly thanks (not thanks) to fast fashion.

If this makes you feel something, you have what it takes to be a fashion upcycler.

It makes so much sense for one to recycle and re-use something, yet even more effective to re-purpose something!

Upcycling is the rebirth of old materials into new. It is giving a new meaning to a pre-existing subject. So if you look at the subject as material rather than an object attached to a function, you’ll begin to think like a fashion upcycler.

Clothing is personal and intimate to the wearer; what one wears is reflective to their values. An upcycled garment allows for a new purpose and a new meaning. Therefore, this simple cycle integrated into our daily lives allows us to sustain our values inside out.

My concept for this project is the rebirth of everyday clothing using geometric and three-dimensional patterns. Using transformational reconstruction (which allows the usage of small pieces of fabric), it is possible to make 3D from 2D. I got to play around with shapes and patterns, and develop these ideas for Frameworq.

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Jasmine Siu

Jasmine Siu is a 2nd year Fashion Design & Technology student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Sustainable fashion is the merge of her two passions into one.

Since at a young age, she has fostered a passion for environmental responsibility, which is the core of her design aesthetics.


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