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.


Ely, Cassidy


Art and Art History


Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Fashion Design | Fiber, Textile, and Weaving Arts | Sustainability


Fast Fashion, Sustainability, Fashion Design, Self Expression, Art and Design

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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