Wild Things: A Collection of Handwoven Couture

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Steneby - Institutionen för Konsthantverk och Design

Abstract: The following text is the theory part of my practical Master‘s thesis “Wild Things – A Collection of Handwoven Couture”. This thesis examines the potential of hand-weaving for contemporary fashion design. I aim to create “wild” (=valuable and mean¬ingful) clothing that connects the wearer to the environment and vibrant, natural surrounding. In the text I start with a background of my work and position it within the field of fashion design and previous personal work experiences (pages 3 – 10): Here I show the different contents involved in fashion design – the pictorial surface, the form and the material level – and how clothing can be perceived and sensed. The purpose, the goal and the starting questions of the work are formulated, fol¬lowed by an explanation of the practical approach on pages 13 – 14. How can I visualize the fabrication of clothes and make it tangible in the garment? How can the connection to the surrounding and environment become tangible in handwoven clothes? Pages 15 – 20 describe the work process step by step. Starting with the development of my way of working with paper models and weaving explorations I show how my process becomes more free, more interactive in body and shape and virtuoso in the weaving. Decisions, considerations and reflections are displayed. Through utilizing the properties of the loom and different materials my work results in seven clothes – original in form, material and textile structure. This Master‘s pro¬ject was exhibited during May/ June 2021 in the Greenhouse of Trädgardsförenin¬gen Gothenburg. The exhibition set up is shown and explained in the text. In the last part of this thesis, the work will be discussed and reflected (pages 25– 30), ending with a conclusion of the result on page 31. In this part of the text, the activist and political statement of this work is connected to its aesthetics and formal proposi¬tions. The look and touch of the “wild”, deriving from an individual way of making and manufactured production, wants to seduce you to reconsider your values: This work makes materiality and time tangible. It shows how the human energy and abil¬ity for skillful, careful and attentive making with the hands can lead to rich expres¬sions and valuable pieces of clothing.2

  AT THIS PAGE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE ESSAY. (follow the link to the next page)