The goal of my independent study was to address my concerns about the fast fashion industry by sewing new garments out of secondhand clothing and to use the process as a catalyst for working through previously avoided emotions and exploring my eversion to those emotions head-on; whether past or present. My inclination to avoid the hard parts of life up to this point was clearly not an effective way of living, so I decided I wanted to change the way I feel/express my emotions. For the physical element of my independent study, I created eight garments out of clothing purchased from secondhand stores that I disassembled and remade into new pieces. The inspiration for using secondhand clothing was taken from my focus on how to make art that is sustainable. The constant question I asked myself while creating was how can I make unique pieces while using the most sustainable methods and materials? After spending months on this topic, I can’t say I have a definitive answer, but I examine small ways that as an individual, I can try my best to be conscious about my purchases and maybe inspire others along the way. As I progressed through the work and found myself spending copious amounts of time thinking and working, I developed a deeper understanding of ways to combat fast fashion and express my emotions.
Art and Art History
Hartman, Piper Hamilton, "Bursting at the Seams" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9452.
Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Fashion Design | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Sustainability
Fast Fashion, Sustainability, Fashion Design, Self Expression, Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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