BIODEGRADABLE RICE PAPER BODICE DYED USING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Christen Tzagarakis

My piece exhibits the way we can use abundant domestic food products as fashioned methods of reuse. I wanted to correlate to consumerism, how people want so much they believe they need it, yet only wear the garment once, leaving it to be closet landfill. To obliterate this ideology with a circular economical mindset, I have chosen a biodegradable approach to textile design, to achieve a cradle to cradle outcome.

DETAIL

INSPIRATION IMAGE

MY INSPIRATION CAME FROM THE TEXTURES AND COLOURS OF FOOD, AS WELL AS THE CHARACTERISTICS THEY POSSES, SUCH AS TRANSPARENCY, MOVEMENT, DRAPE BEING SIMILAR TO CLOTHING. I WANTED TO ENCAPSULATE THIS USING A CIRCULAR ECONOMICAL MINDSET, AIMING FOR A CRADEL TO CRADEL OUTCOME.

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

ONCE AIR DRIED THE DRAPE BECAME STATIC, LEAVING HARD ILLUSIVE, YET HEAVENLY BEAMS OF RICE PAPER SHEETS THAT PROTRUDE OFF THE BODY. PRIOR TO THIS THE LAYERS OF RICE PAPER WHERE ACTIVATED AND COLOURED THE RICE PAPER BY EXTRACTING THE COLOURS FROM HOMEMADE DYE THAT I CREATED, CONSISTING OF BEETROOT (FUCHIA HUE) DRAGON FRUIT (PEACH HUE) AND BLUEBERRIES (PURPLE HUE)

AFTERMATH OF DISSOLVING THE GARMENT. DEPICTING THE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO DESIGN. LEAVING SMALL DROPLETS OF NATURAL DYE LEFT TO ROLL OFF THE WHITE FLOWER PETALS, IN A KIND, ECO-FRIENDLY MANNER.

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