MAN, AND HIS MAN-MADE FUTURE, 2017
Fly-tipped waste is transformed into a collection through a robust exploration of skill, craftsmanship and self-sufficiency. Here, man is a collector, finding use for the unusable with initiative and resourcefulness.
Needham's collection offers a critique on the contemporary world's devotion to ease and convenience and its ramifications on humanity's own future. Hidden close under the surface of this process is a call to sustainability, not as a marketing tool but as a survival technique.
The collection develops into structure and installation, constructed throughout the duration of the catwalk presentation ,pointing to a collective a communal future utopia.
Matthew Needham, (BA Fashion Womenswear)
British Fashion Council Scholarship
MullenLowe NOVA Award Shortlist
- Exhibition excerpt 08/2017
CREATIVE UNIONS, 2017
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The contemporary world must be defined not by boundary or binary but connection. Sharing the work of graduating Central Saint Martins students, Creative Unions celebrated the power of designers to challenge isolationism.
At the heart of the London Design Festival's King’s Cross design district, Creative Unions showed how – from a board game to solve conflict or a sustainable solution for the housing crisis to fashion that’s part-propaganda – the next generation of designers are responding to current contexts with urgency and ingenuity. Identity, collaboration, conflict resolution, community, alternative realities, technological innovation, social issues, the environment, activism, crossings – just some of the contexts of the work on show in Creative Unions.
Creative Unions took place in the Lethaby Gallery from 16 September - 21 October 2017.
- excerpt from https://arts.ac.uk