Sum of its parts is a capsule collection of Zero-Waste Pattern Cut garments. Each garment is designed strategically to consider using every piece of material cut from the fabric bolt. Improvisation is used as an exploration; a process of 'critical making' to adapt to the constraint of using all of the material and creating no waste. The inspiration for the garments was movement, gestures, improv, modularity and fluidity.
The garments are part of a larger project called Conditions of Wear.
Conditions of Wear investigates opportunities of improv theatre techniques as a generative tool for fashion designers in the early stages of design. This method creates a platform for rapid ideation, iteration and working with Zero-Waste Pattern Cutting to play with risk and shift conventional systems of fashion design practices.
Conversations at a Distance, considers the human-experience in-and-with unfamiliar scenarios and environments, adaptation, sustainability, slowness and technology. Over a two week period I immersed myself in ethnographic research with a white collared shirt in Milan, during the XXI La Triennale di Milano “Design After Design”.
The shirt had the side and arm seams ripped, so when splayed out, it mimicked the shape of a plus(+). This form is in conjunction and response to CloTHING(s) as Conversation & Liminal Lab within the exhibition New Craft at La Frabbica Del Vapore.
I did several field studies that were framed by the concept “Embodied Experiences for Conversation Later”. I ventured out on foot, bicycle and metro to explore Milan, spontaneously situating a white collared shirt in the changing environments. I observed the ways the collard shirt responded to context, became a catalyst of noticing and reaction, and the performance role I played as the means of movement.
This inquiry into design through research, is an on-going collaboration for Conversations at a Distance.
Safe Labels is an exploration of a series of small messages in the right places with the potential for these messages to encourage autonomy and individual empowerment in an era of technological isolation and conspicuous consumption.
Through a series of messages introduced via a process she refers to as “guerrilla labeling” Natalie Tillen subverts the hegemony of mainstream fashion by replacing clothing labels with small statements that encourage the individual to tune out the anonymizing effects of mass culture, and tune in to the self. They were disseminated via “guerrilla labelling” at H&M, spring 2015.
Project statement written by Robin Stethem
One of the comforts of consumer culture is the ability to throw away, toss or trash unwanted items. What if landfills didn’t exist? How would that change our relationship with material artifacts, consuming and waste? I spent 2 weeks not throwing anything away, collecting my “would be” trash and living with it in my home. I designed a bag out of clear vinyl to carry my trash around me with transparency. This exercise investigates unconscious and distorted behaviour, habits, and relationships with consuming and waste. It aims to look at the consumer’s daily experience with products when it comes to end-of-life cycle and through creative writing, the near-future reality if society as a whole continues in a material-centric, consumer driven world.
Propria Safety Vest
Propria Safety Vest, a re-design of the industrial safety vest, was lead by a partnership with start-up company LifeBooster, to integrate bio-sensors within high performance apparel in order to predict and prevent workplace accidents.
The vest has a heart rate monitor synced with EL wire that gives live feedback, dynamic semiotics and refined ergonomics.
Designed with Travers Henry, JJ Mah, Kristina Mok and Robin Stethem. Natalie Tillen's role was concept development, product research and proto sample.