Textiles and Eco-Clothing at the Royal College of Art Summer Show
All Images by B. Alter: Jrumchai Singalavanij
With ecological and sustainable fashion growing more popular, it's important that students be interested and involved in this area: they are the future. In which case we are in luck: at this year's Royal College of Art Summer Graduate show there are some fascinating new designers on their way up.
Jrumchai Singalavanij is committed; she makes all of her creations out of recycled bits from the textile industry and transforms them so that they can be woven. Her pieces are fanciful and playful and bring a smile to your face. More on the rest of the crowd...
Emma Barnard loves the ordinary domestic, disposable fabrics like J-cloths and napkins. Except she then lovingly and carefully knits or crotchets replicas of them. So the transitory becomes something of beauty to be kept forever and treasured. Instead of throwing them away, they are kept as an heirloom.
Anna Louise Murphy
Anna Louise Murphy machine knits these versatile pieces of clothing. They look unusual, but in fact they can be worn in many different ways so that you can constantly re-invent your look. They are environmental because you can experiment with the many possibilities of each design and not to have buy more new things. They are knitted in one long loop on tubes so there is no waste.
Lynn Tandler is interested in textiles and metalsmithing. She has woven this metal with fabric to create textiles which keep their shape and sculptural form. The folds hold and yet the material is soft and tactile and can be ironed. Very dramatic.
And a little something to inspire a child. Hina Thibaud calls it a drawing suitcase. It's a kit of drawing tools with each one represented by something familiar in a landscape. The fence is made of pencils, the windows are picture stamps. The budding artist can embellish it.