UTS FIT FOR PURPOSE, 2020

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

 

Fit for Purpose brings together six international designers and collectives whose work is driving change through explorative, sustainable, ethical and collaborative practices. Curated by artist, designer and lecturer in the UTS School of Design, Armando Chant, the exhibition includes unique garments and shoes, process samples, patterns and sketchbooks together with video interviews with the designers.

- excerpt from https://art.uts.edu.au 25/02/20

MATTHEW NEEDHAM

 

Fisherman’s Hoodie, 2017
Dust sheet, fishing kit bag, string embroidery, tape, plaster, Royal Mail packaging, reused yarn, shoelace, deadstock zip, builders strap
unique, dimensions variable

Shopping Trolley Jacket, 2017
Shopping trolley, LVMH deadstock, cotton, electrical circuit board, wire
unique, dimensions variable

Paint Shard Skirt, 2017
Norwegian sea plastic, garment bag, cotton, paint shards found in Camden Town, London, scrap metal, wire, string, glass. unique, dimensions variable

All garments from Man and His Man-Made Future “Process Collection”, Central Saint Martins BA Graduate Collection 2017

Matthew Needham, (London, UK) exploits the potency of deconstruction and recycling to inform his ethical design process.

 

After working as an intern in Paris, Needham saw first-hand the scale of waste produced and was concerned by the industry’s culture of disposability, where specially commissioned fabric samples in multiple colours, and toiles (garment trials, usually in calico) are created, with a single one to be used and the rest discarded. In response to this, Needham’s first collection, developed during his BA at Central Saint Martins in London, used industrial, environmental, and everyday waste—‘roofing asphalt, fly-tipped rubbish and upcycled Chanel tweed’—as as material.

 

His narrative and anthropological approach stems from his need to combat ‘unconscious’ design practices and reveal the untold story of fashion’s footprint. In scavenging at the edges, Needham allows unexpected narratives of material and formal transformation to emerge. In his hands, waste and discarded items become anecdotal fragments of an industry, and an integral part of his provocation for change.

- excerpt from https://art.uts.edu.au 25/02/20

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