A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Object Runway and how excited I am to be walking three looks down the runway this year.
Last year, I walked one look down the runway entirely made of old sweaters that I felted in my washing machine and then cut up and used as fabric to create this dress and head piece.
I’ve set up guidelines for myself in preparation for designing these pieces.
The fibers/fabrics used must be repurposed. This means I must hunt for materials at Value Village and the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
The designs must all be REALLY wearable. I know this puts me at a disadvantage in this competition because there is alot of WOW factor when your model is wearing wood or metal, but I am okay with that. I am hoping that my WOW comes from the beauty of the piece. Which brings me to my third guideline.
I want the people sitting in the audience to say to themselves, “I’d wear that. I want that.”
Next, I want the fibers used to be quintessentially Alaskan.
What does that mean? Can fibers can evoke place? I say absolutely.
What do you think when you see these fabrics?
The first and easiest to find is wool. I love wool. The more I work with it the more I love it. I believe felted wool has magically properties. It is warm, but not too warm. It is water resistant, fire retardant, and long wearing. So of course, wool will be part of my designs.
The color and weight of Carhartts is absolutely Alaskan for me. I would like to use this fiber, but these jeans are still very expensive even at the thrift store. If I find a giant man’s pair, I will buy them, but I haven’t yet.
I did buy these hunting coveralls. I am intrigued by the idea of using hunting camouflage instead of military camouflage. The down side is that camo is currently very trendy. So I am on the fence here.