I have decided to present the outfit on a mannequin as devices such as cameras would be destroyed in the floods and wouldn’t be an essential item for people to keep on them so in a post apocalyptic situation the outfit would only be seen by being viewed in person. Also, by using a mannequin it immediately presents how the outfit would be worn.
Here is a list of found materials used to create the outfit:
- Shower curtain – water resistant material used as the main fabric of jacket, trousers and headgear/bag and used for additional decorative elements to help to blend into the urban environment
- Eyelets – (From shower curtain) used to string the pockets to the trousers so they can be wrapped around the front or back of the leg for ease of movement
- Dish Cloths – sewn together to form an internal thermal lining
- String – Draw string in waistband, ties to hold pockets on trousers in place around the front/back of leg, attach protective guards to the body
- Velcro – used to secure the contents of the pockets, attach storage boxes/protective panels onto the inside of the jacket, fastening on jacket
- Plastic bowls – main structure of headgear/bag
- Nuts and bolts – used to attach the two bowls together
- Sponges – Padding on the inside of the bottom bowl for comfort and added protection when worn as headgear
- Rubberised placemats – used to form the lid of the headgear/bag
- Pizza bases – used in between the rubberised placemats to add strength and stability to the lid of the headgear/bag
- Shower curtain hooks – used to hinge the lid on the headgear/bag
- Plastic tubing – used as a protective seal around the edge of the lid on the headgear/bag
- Netting – used to protect the face against vast increase of midges attracted from the flood water
- Silicone ice cube trays – used to form attachable protective guards
- Bedroom drawer fabric inserts – used as padding/protection in the back of the jacket and as scavenging/storage boxes
- Thread – used to hand sew materials in place
- Glue – used to attach materials together
The increase in temperature causing an accelerated effect of global warming and creating a rise in sea level and extreme flash-flooding will have a large impact on the climate and the animals living within it. Although, due to location, some animals could become nearly extinct from the effects of the floods, some creatures, such as midges, will rapidly increase in number. Midges are attracted to damp, flooded areas which is why they are commonly seen in fenland areas. Mass floods will cause a surge in midges and the loss of land will bring the insects further inland. To combat this problem I have built a net which is attached to the base of the headgear. This can be lowered over the face in order to protect it from being bitten.
To allow the headgear to be able to blend into the urban environment more, I have made it multifunctional so that it can also be transformed into a bag. Through carefully planning the location of where the straps, which tie the headgear onto the head, should be attached, by simply undoing the ‘scarf’ and re-tying it high above the lid, the headgear can then be carried over one shoulder as a bag.
The material used to make the outfit from (shower curtain) frays easily and, because of the lack of electrical devices available, the use of overlockers would be unfeasible. After researching into alternative techniques, which could be used to achieve the same effect, I have come across hemming and french seams. French seams can easily be achieved by hand sewing and leave the garment with a neat finished edge.