Apparel design that removes waste from the environment, creating a negative carbon footprint
Sea Ephemeral // 2018 Senior Thesis
Sea Ephemeral was created by reclaiming waste to construct textiles as a demonstration of the plethora of discard that goes to inundate our oceans and other natural resources. Much of this waste comes from clothing production.
The designs and textiles were developed to mimic biological elements that belong in the ocean, such as fish and seaweed, as well as intrusions like netting and plastic forms.
The textiles are all handmade from post-factory or post-consumer waste. Materials used include: cutting waste from a hat factory, yarn remnants, mesh produce bags, various plastic waste, and tin cans.
The garments, drawing motifs from kelp forests, mermaids caught in ocean debris, and the dark, rocky shores of the Northwest United States, are made almost completely of post-consumer and post-factory waste. It is with hope that this collection allows the audience to see waste differently.