The new space has three floors of exhibit space and also connects to the historic Woodhull House, which contains a collection related to the history of Washington, DC. Artwork owned by the university is also on exhibit, but I have to confess only had eyes for two fiber shows that I had read about in various publications.
"Scraps: Fashion, Textile, and Creative Reuse" spotlights the work of three designers to reduce and re-purpose the staggering amount of textile waste that the clothing industry generates every year. Wall text in the exhibit states that apparel and textiles is the second-most polluting industry in the world, after oil! Wow.
Luisa Cevese founded Riedizioni ("re-editions") in Milan, Italy to produce new products using the selvedges cut from the edges of industrially woven sari silk. She embeds these fragments in polyurethane to make colorful and eye-catching new products. I loved the idea and the look of the tote bag pictured below: so fun! But when I examined one of the bags up close in the museum gift shop, I wasn't crazy about the heavy plastic feel, nor the $450 price tag. I wonder how ecologically friendly the production of polyurethane is and what the byproducts of that process are. And how can enough people afford a $450 tote bag to make the process feasible, long-term?
|Luisa Cevese, silk selvedge waste (foreground), |
Spread Textile, 8 Hours Bag, and Large Basket Bag
Reiko Sudo, with the Japanese textile design firm NUNO, also works with silk waste. She uses the outer covering of the silk cocoon that previously was discarded, making it into yarn that can be woven on industrial looms. She has also re-purposed the residue from the spinning process to make a kind of patchwork cloth-paper. Her fabrics have a subtle, textured beauty.
|Reiko Sudo, silk cocoon waste (foreground) and various products|
|Christina Kim, First-generation garments:|
Choga, Rabari jacket; and Recycled Jamdari Panel
|Christina Kim, detail, Recycled Jamdari Panel|
I love the layers of translucent fabric and intricate stitching.
Here's a close-up on one of the skirts:
|Christina Kim, Second-generation garments: |
Fraulein dress, Eungie Skirt;
Third-generation garment: Eungie Skirt (over-dyed)
|Christina Kim, detail, Eungie Skirt|
|Christina Kim, Amulets,|
hand-embroidered and containing a folded Hindu prayer
|Christina Kim, Tikdis Shawl|
Over 600 small scrap "dots" are hand-appliqued to each shawl.
This show is on view at the Textile Museum through January 7, 2018.
Next time, I'll share my impressions of the larger show on view at the museum, The Box Project: Uncommon Threads. It was really wonderful!