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.
Improv theatre techniques create the conditions to embody the design space through collaborative action, as a generative tool which provides structure through constraints in the creative process for designers.
This is an on-going exploration to realize its potential as a generative tool in the creative process of design.
Thank you to the team at Lululemon Lab for their participation.
Read the literature review published in Current Journal here. See more of the project here.
Photography by Genevieve Poirier
Weave With Others: Tapestry
An initiative to facilitate the Emily Carr University community making together by weaving on a social loom situated in different locations of the campus. The project integrated collaborative making, social gathering spaces and textiles. It was installed for 2 weeks. The tapestry was used to create digitally embroidered patches (Pop-up Patches) and moved onto a custom handmade wood frame for display in the South building on campus.
The social loom was installed on an 8 x 4 foot metal frame, with warp threads 4 x 4 ft. Yarns and other materials used for weaving were donated.
Photography by Vivian Lin
Weave With Others: Patches
WWO Patches is a continuation of the social weaving from WWO Tapestry.
Parts from the woven tapestry were selected to be digitalized and made into patches with a digital embroiderer. These patches were a digital translation from woven craft into mass-manufactured commodity that could be purchased and put onto bags, hats, sweaters, as a keep-sake, etc. We hosted a pop-up shop in the South building atrium at Emily Carr University where students could give feedback on the sustainable swag and patches. The concept was to involve the Emily Carr community in the making of the “swag” to personalize our collective identity and create different spaces on campus for social engagement to take place.