Repurposing Packaging Materials

Geralline Conrad Ebreo

Geralline Conrad Ebreo

Starting off this project, I knew I wanted to repurpose a garment or a specific material. I’ve always had an interest in turning a material that isn’t seen necessarily seen in a fashion context into a garment or accessory. I created samples and collages that focused on the prints of different food packaging. Applied design elements and principles to begin thinking of how I would use the images and text on the packaging as a tool to bring the garment to life. I specifically chose the ‘rice bag’ as it is a popular rice choice (or at least design) that most people would recognise and personally I think that the print on the bag itself brings this unique design or character to the garment that seems to be gaining attention with the younger generation (as seen on social media).   

Garment Final Outcome
Inspiration: A small business I found on instagram that used vintage textiles to use in their designs. This sparked an intention to repurpose materials that aren’t usually seen in a fashion context. This one in particular was a vintage rice flour bag.
Reference: Instagram, 3womenco, September 30 2020, Limited run of our custom sets available online now, photograph, viewed on October 5 2020, <https://www.instagram.com/p/CFudLRrg_gY/>
Applying different construction techniques to different materials and observing how they would perform
A few collages made, focusing on the print and aesthetic
Process of constructing the top

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