In the past 12 years I read a lot about sustainability, design and fashion. I have put my most insightful books on a row. Books from many years ago, as I believe that some insights from the past might still bring us a vital future. Time to make it yourself comfortable on the couch or in the garden with a book. Here are the books that changed my mindset on design, sustainability and minimalism.
Have you heard of Virtual Reality? Smart production and Big Data? Ever questioned which ‘skin’ you should wear in the game you are playing or considered which digital outfit you would wear on Instagram? Did you ever do a 3D full body scan?
Welcome in the digital age, which is also indispensable integrated in the fashion industry. Maybe it all seems still very futuristic and elusive, but digitalisation is intertwined with daily life already and has far-reaching consequences for how we think, act, work, consume and create. Certain developments do not only automate production processes but could potentially play a role in making the fashion industry more sustainable. And that is where we caught your attention! My colleague at MVO Nederland Maartje Janse listed the developments.
The circular closet: A game changer for fashion in the future. What is it? How is it different from a normal garment collection? And which struggles did you have to overcome? I interviewed Jon Curutchet, Head of Supply Chain & Sustainability at SKFK (Skunkfunk) about their recently launched rental service.
Last article I wrote was about repairing textiles. Today I would like to tell you more about how nature repairs and how the textile industry mimics nature, also called Biomimicry. (Read the book from Janine Benyus for more information)
Repairing textiles, why don’t we do it? It might have to do with our perception of perfection and the image of repairing. What is nature's way to repair? And if you want to repair, how do you do it?
When designing for disassembly in the textile sector there are multiple challenges. For example yarn blends that make separation of the fibres difficult, coatings and haberdashery. This time I would like to share with you some alternatives for haberdashery.
3d printing of textiles is such an interesting topic! I wrote about it earlier, to tell you what needs to be done to make 3D printing suitable for a circular economy. Now I found even more examples of interesting 3Dprint innovations that I would like to share with you.
Imagine if these were made of plastic from renewable materials and could be recycled again!
If you are looking for a 3D printer, take a look at the Creality 3D Ender 3 PRO (FDM Technology) I have not tested it myself, but they have good reviews. I have worked on the Ultimaker original for creating 3D textiles, but that one is a bit more expensive.
Enjoy and get inspired!
One of the first tests 3D printing on textile
In the past two years I am regularly practicing mindfulness. This gave me new insights and doubts about the fashion industry. I will tell you my brain waves in this article and at the same time explain you more about ‘the state of fashion 2018’ which is a project that will start the 1st of June.
Some blog subjects stay an important topic for years. Decorating textiles in an eco-effective way is such an topic. In this blog article I would like to show you some inspiration. Some already older and some more new, but all applicable to circular design.
By using materials that can be easily separated many decorating options are possible. Sometimes techniques are combined. For example a material can be folded and then heated (memory melting) to remember the fold. Or layers can be created through lasercutting.