This work explores upcycling with a focus on unconventional materials and craft techniques/DIY.
Today, countless designers are working with upcycling, yet there are many directions of it that have not been explored. The motive behind this work lies in the importance of finding and presenting sustainable ways of working with fashion. However, the main focus is on the aesthetics, meetings between materials, shape, techniques and contexts.
A focus has been on finding and working with materials and techniques that have not been used for upcycling in a fashion context before. All different kinds of material are considered and they are all treated equally, whether it is plastic trash or crystals, textiles or non-textiles. Potential is seen in everything. Another thing that differs this work from others in the area is that the whole collection is made without sewing or using any machines. So, similar to materials, techniques are not seen as something that is intended for a specific purpose. The motto is that anything can be made out of everything.
Through careful craftsmanship and detailing and with a focus on decorative materials, context crossing and meetings between material and technique, this collection presents a new and fresh take on upcycling.
Photos: Daniela Ferro