Carrying

Carrying a lot of heavy items around all day can often become very tiring, so I have tried to spread out where the body strength is used to carry items to maintain people’s stamina.  This has inspired me to design a piece of headgear to be used as a method for transporting items, as people’s head and shoulders can support a lot of weight; examples of this are commonly seen amongst Africans and builders.

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Ideas

I have brainstormed ideas for different items of clothing using suitable, recycled materials and incorporating a variety of practical functions into the designs.

I have assessed the practicality and appropriateness of my designs of jacket, trousers and headgear and selected some of the best aspects from certain ideas and incorporated them together in order to come up with my chosen design.

Tribal Clothing

In a post-apocalyptic situation a lot of people are going to be set back from all the technological advancements and will have to revert back to primitive methods.  I have decided to investigate into tribal clothing which would have used basic construction and decorative techniques.

Along with hand sewing I find the popular idea; originally used in both Native American Indian and Aboriginal tribes; of piercing and lacing material together intriguing as this original method is not only functional but also decorative.  In addition, there was one particular Native American Indian, decorative technique which I found interesting and felt would be useful to integrate into the cuffs of my clothing and that is Peyote.  This stitch is commonly associated with beadwork and has been developed over the years but still remains very popular now.  In a post-apocalyptic world one would need to utilise knowledge gained from researching the basic manufacturing techniques of historical and cultural contexts.  The manufacture of garments would reflect the influence of primitive tribal technologies but with the added advantage of utilising modern, technological advancement of material development.

Electricity

Many power lines run alongside rivers and most nuclear power stations are positioned near the coast, therefore flash floods would cause a lot of damage to the electricity supply and so the use of electrical devices would be restricted. In addition, most electrical devices would become water damaged, so, even if a source of electricity could be obtained. the item would have only a small chance of working. This means that only primitive methods of construction would be feasible.

Clothing from recycled materials

After looking at a selection of artists who have created work from recycled materials, such as Wayne Hemingway; the original founder of Red or Dead clothing; Jane Lawrence, Susan Stockwell, Lira Leirner, etc.  Of these artists/designers I have been most influenced by the work of Gary Harvey and Jolis Paons.

Not only the use of materials but the methods of manipulation used are stimulating and by using very simple methods they have created rather diverse effects.  I plan to use an amalgamation of these ideas to manipulate my own materials.