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Above: Chelsea Textiles 2022 projects 1. Ziqi Li/ 2. Linghao Xu/ 3. Julia Little/ 4. Weiyi Chen/ 5. Katy de Beer/ 6. Isabella Costello- Wilson/ 7. Alex Fallon

From fat and oil to repurposed tableware, the 2022 graduates from the BA Textile Design and Graduate Diploma Textile Design courses at Chelsea College of Arts showed a keen interest in developing new sustainable textiles. ARTS THREAD shares some of the stand-out projects.


Pet hair is given a new LEASH of life in Weiyi Chen’s (Graduate Diploma Textile Design) project titled Sustainable Uses for Discarded Pet Hair. Inspired by the increasing number of people taking ownership of pets during the pandemic and the boom in people buying pet grooming products, Chen explores how dog hair can be used as a raw and biodegradable material.


FATWEAR by Ziqi Li (BA Textile Design) challenges our perception of fats and oils as waste and encourages us to consider them as sustainable resources that can be used in the textile process. Li focuses specifically on restaurant and food waste to identify opportunities to repurpose discarded food  to create lace-like garments. Julia Little’s (BA Texile Design) project, For Food’s Sake, also centres around eating but rather than food itself, the designer repurposes tablecloths and napkins and creates dyes from plants.



Sea Leaves – Reimagining Houseplants by Katy de Beer (Graduate Diploma Textile Design) is a speculative project that imagines how houseplants will cope in the future when water becomes more scarce. De Beer proposes introducing seaweed into the home and using the saltwater plant as the main material to develop sustainable artificial plants.


Alex Fallon’s (BA Textile Design) Time of Waste project investigates how to transform and repurpose waste into new textile products. Linghao Xu (Graduate Diploma Textile Design) combines data visualization with hand-weaving using reused waste yarn to create a large-scale interactive piece that visualizes China’s projected carbon emissions.


Isabella Costello- Wilson’s Exploring The Female Gaze On The Loom project sees the BA Textile Design graduate create Jacquard woven pieces using dead-stock silk yarns and wool yarns. The pieces explore female friendship and pays homage to the textile skills women have cultivated. The pieces accompany a zine, An Ode To Women and Craft, which gives more information on the intentions behind the weavings.


Visit the Chelsea UAL website to see more projects from the 2022 BA Textiles and Graduate Diploma classes.


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Camberwell College of Arts 2022: BA (Hons) Illustration

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Written by Calum Ross
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Rebecca D’Eramo - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

Rebecca D’Eramo - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

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Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
Fine Art, GDGS Student Q&As

Above: Chelsea Textiles 2022 projects 1. Ziqi Li/ 2. Linghao Xu/ 3. Julia Little/ 4. Weiyi Chen/ 5. Katy de Beer/ 6. Isabella Costello- Wilson/ 7. Alex Fallon

From fat and oil to repurposed tableware, the 2022 graduates from the BA Textile Design and Graduate Diploma Textile Design courses at Chelsea College of Arts showed a keen interest in developing new sustainable textiles. ARTS THREAD shares some of the stand-out projects.


Pet hair is given a new LEASH of life in Weiyi Chen’s (Graduate Diploma Textile Design) project titled Sustainable Uses for Discarded Pet Hair. Inspired by the increasing number of people taking ownership of pets during the pandemic and the boom in people buying pet grooming products, Chen explores how dog hair can be used as a raw and biodegradable material.


FATWEAR by Ziqi Li (BA Textile Design) challenges our perception of fats and oils as waste and encourages us to consider them as sustainable resources that can be used in the textile process. Li focuses specifically on restaurant and food waste to identify opportunities to repurpose discarded food  to create lace-like garments. Julia Little’s (BA Texile Design) project, For Food’s Sake, also centres around eating but rather than food itself, the designer repurposes tablecloths and napkins and creates dyes from plants.



Sea Leaves – Reimagining Houseplants by Katy de Beer (Graduate Diploma Textile Design) is a speculative project that imagines how houseplants will cope in the future when water becomes more scarce. De Beer proposes introducing seaweed into the home and using the saltwater plant as the main material to develop sustainable artificial plants.


Alex Fallon’s (BA Textile Design) Time of Waste project investigates how to transform and repurpose waste into new textile products. Linghao Xu (Graduate Diploma Textile Design) combines data visualization with hand-weaving using reused waste yarn to create a large-scale interactive piece that visualizes China’s projected carbon emissions.


Isabella Costello- Wilson’s Exploring The Female Gaze On The Loom project sees the BA Textile Design graduate create Jacquard woven pieces using dead-stock silk yarns and wool yarns. The pieces explore female friendship and pays homage to the textile skills women have cultivated. The pieces accompany a zine, An Ode To Women and Craft, which gives more information on the intentions behind the weavings.


Visit the Chelsea UAL website to see more projects from the 2022 BA Textiles and Graduate Diploma classes.


ARTS THREAD Newsletter

Of
Interest

Andrea Anghinetti - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

Andrea Anghinetti - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

August 26th, 2022
Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
Film, GDGS Student Q&As
Camberwell College of Arts 2022: BA (Hons) Illustration

Camberwell College of Arts 2022: BA (Hons) Illustration

July 27th, 2022
Written by Calum Ross
Illustration, Animation
Rebecca D’Eramo - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

Rebecca D’Eramo - Student Q&A - Global Design Graduate Show 2022 in collaboration with Gucci

August 3rd, 2022
Written by Honor Rose Cooper Hedges
Fine Art, GDGS Student Q&As