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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

The flat, the shape & the form

The notion of creating flat compositions, abstracting the signs/ elements of denim archetypes. They become malleable and movable and are replaced, creating multiple intersections and interconnections.

I responded to this prototyping method that focuses on the materials' agency in the design process— by arranging textile manipulations and treatment prototypes/swatches in a series of compositions. This approach underscored the importance of materials in contemporary fashion design practice, suggesting a material-led process that challenged the traditional notion of materials as inert elements, instead viewing them as products or ready-made, requiring careful consideration in design. (Thornquist and Bigolin, 2017).

1 This design process was influenced in part by:

Everything and Everybody as Material: Beyond Fashion Design Methods, Workshop presented by Assoc. Prof. Ricarda Bigolin & Prof. Clemens Thornquist at the School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University in partnership with the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Boras and the exhibition High Risk Dressing/Critical Fashion at RMIT Design Hub, Feb 2017.

Suface tapissere, N1, Kunstpavillion. innsbruck, 06. fabrics interseason, 2012

Bruno Munari, untitle, graphic compositions 1951.

Images by Carmen Zammit, Talent Bridie Goold