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October, 2016

This documentation records a series of disassembled narratives embedded in denim garments and objects through experimentation and the abstraction of self-contained knowledge. The foundations of this project reveal the key elements that shape contemporary definitions of denim archetypes by exploring the various phases and expressions of denim, including its material techniques & processes, and commercial applications.

1. The Flat, the shape & The form
2. Indigo Co-relation
3. The laundry effect
4. Heavy duty

Heavy Duty

This series expands on the conventional way of developing and manufacturing denim, and, changing the purpose without replacing the technical descriptions that intentionally leave room for interpretation.

1  “The stitching process gives birth to denim jean, and the joining techniques are crucial in determining shape. The conversion of denim fabric into garments requires machines that are able to cope with the density of the fabric and the thickness of the seams. Therefore, heavy duty machines need to be used and specialised components have been developed to feed the material effectively through the machine. Nother components such as heavy duty needles, sewing threads that have high strength for securing the seams, and buttons and studs for securing the pockets have been specially developed for this garment.”

Paul, R. (2015). Denim: Manufacture, Finishing and Applications. Cambridge: Elsevier Science & Technology. p. 164. Web.

Documentation images

Images by Carmen Zammit, Talent Bridie Goold