Emotionally Durable Dress

Sarah Hudspeth

My final outcome inspiration was drawn from the tunic textile activity, where I began exploring how the natural ‘wear and tear’ of garments can create new effects.

Building on this exploration, I drew on Johnathan Chapman’s concept of emotionally durable design and the Wabi Sabi principles of embracing the incomplete and imperfect. 

My outcome consists of two shirts and a cardigan cut into strips. Macrame knotting is used to join the strips which are fastened with safety pins. The traditional Macrame knotting technique plays into the idea of slowing down the design process and drawing inspiration from the past.

Final prototype image exploring drape on the body.
Final prototype image exploring drape on the body by Sarah Hudspeth
Flat Lay image of final prototype looking at pattern.
Flat Lay image of final prototype looking at pattern by Sarah Hudspeth
Detail image of Macrame knots and safety pins
Detail image of Macrame knots and safety pins by Sarah Hudspeth
Inspiration image from collage workshop exploring stitching and knitting waste materials
Inspiration image from collage workshop exploring stitching and knitting waste materials by Sarah Hudspeth
Image Sourced from Photographer Julie Greve for Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2019
Design development image exploring Macrame knotting techniques on and off the body
Design development image exploring Macrame knotting techniques on and off the body by Sarah Hudspeth
Moving image capturing Macrame knot typing process I used to create my final outcome by Sarah Hudspeth

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