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Erin Rhode
Textiles Innovation and Design BA Hons

Loughborough University

Specialisms: Sustainable Fashion/Textiles / Embroidery / Painting

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

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Erin Rhode

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First Name: Erin

Last Name: Rhode

Specialisms: Sustainable Fashion/Textiles / Embroidery / Painting

Sectors: Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories

My Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

University / College: Loughborough University

Course / Program Title: Textiles Innovation and Design BA Hons

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Erin is curious about the relationships we have with our clothing and creates season-less ‘transformable’ textile collections. She hopes that through increased interaction and creativity available within one garment, a user-object relationship will form, reducing the likeliness of common fast disposal. By utilising second-hand, 100% materials that will biodegrade, Erin’s collections also aid a ‘Circular Economy’.

Adapt is a seasonless textile collection inspired by decorative antiques found within the cobbled streets of Berlin. The muse for ‘Adapt’ is a 40-60 year-old woman with increasing environmental values and whom therefore strives to consume less. She still wants to self-express her continually developing personality and meet her ever-changing social and practical needs through her clothing. Slow hand processes are adopted, such as couching, Sashiko stitch, fraying and hand-painting to promote 'slow' consumption. The samples also employ pleating, innovative pattern cutting and metal/elastic cord fastenings to allow for transformability. This concept increases the interaction and creativity available within a garment to aid longevity; consumers develop a user-object relationship and consequently cherish the garment for longer. By utilising second-hand, strong and 100% materials that will biodegrade, 'Adapt' also supports a circular economy.

Adapt is a seasonless textile collection inspired by decorative antiques found within the cobbled streets of Berlin. The muse for ‘Adapt’ is a 40-60 year-old woman with increasing environmental values and whom therefore strives to consume less. She still wants to self-express her continually developing personality and meet her ever-changing social and practical needs through her clothing. Slow hand processes are adopted, such as couching, Sashiko stitch, fraying and hand-painting to promote 'slow' consumption. The samples also employ pleating, innovative pattern cutting and metal/elastic cord fastenings to allow for transformability. This concept increases the interaction and creativity available within a garment to aid longevity; consumers develop a user-object relationship and consequently cherish the garment for longer. By utilising second-hand, strong and 100% materials that will biodegrade, 'Adapt' also supports a circular economy.