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reTHINK! template shirt

Earley, Rebecca (2010) reTHINK! template shirt. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Earley, Rebecca

For this 2009 collection I took ten Marks and Spencer’s shirts that I wanted to ‘upcycle’. I always find hundreds of these M&S shirts when I go second-hand shopping. The key technical approach to this collection is concerned with ‘multiple print lives’, or ‘lifecycle print layers’ (LPL’s). I experimented with designing over-prints that could be added to in time with another layer of decoration.
I also worked with a pattern cutter to radically restyle them. We worked on a concept of ‘reproducible upcycling alterations’. The stage 1 print uses the finger ‘dye painting paper’. After being used for the shirt, the paper is then used to create a capsule range of scarves to accompany the collection. The paper is used until exhaustion occurs. The paper will then be used to create a one-off framed paper print. The stage 2 print uses another ‘dye painting’ to give the shirt another decorative layer, and potentially another life. I worked through the collection of re-styled shirts responding to the new silhouette shape with a ‘dye painting’ on paper.

The resulting shirts were exhibited in Tilberg in 2010.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: upcycling, sustainable design
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres No Longer Active > Textiles Futures Research Centre (TFRC)
Date: 2010
Copyright Holders: Rebecca Earley
Related Websites: http://www.upcyclingtextiles.net/docs/09_template.html, http://www.design.nl/item/rethink
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Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Locations / Venues:
From Date
To Date
reTHINK!: Eco Textiles at the Audax Textile Museum in Tilburg, Holland
25 September 2010
30 January 2011
Material/Media: polyester
Measurements or Duration of item: Size 10
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 13:02
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2012 13:02
Item ID: 4016
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4016

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