An integration of found objects and materials for fashion design.
Nakiboneka, Justine Kikoyo
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Fashion refers to the symbolic, aesthetic, and cultural meanings that objects carry, especially the ways in which people use objects to express their taste, lifestyle, social status and belonging to a community. Importantly, fashion can drive unsustainable consumption of found objects and materials, as it can motivate the practice of discarding perfectly working in favor of newer ones . Fashion can also include categories such as luxury items, cosmetics, bottled water, as well as aspects of furniture, housing, and automobiles, for example, that are not strictly aimed at satisfying actual physical needs but are aimed at social signaling. As a starting point, this project considers a compelling idea concerning fashion and sustainability as well as using jewelry techniques to achieve creativity as well as utilize a deeper understanding of the complexities of fashion to design interactive garments using jewelry techniques that are most compatible with fashion design . The ultimate vision is to provide theoretical frameworks that allow human-centered designs to use fashion as a positive force for sustainable design and an interactive platform with certain objects and materials that can not be considered as an aspect in fashion designs. This project shows the different ideologies that can be applied in fashion design with the aim of creating a platform to highlight the importance of fashion especially experimental fashion while interacting physically with the garments. Here, I worked with found materials that can be manipulated or explored with different fabrics to form garments while using the jewelry techniques. Found objects/ material/ fabric are described as undisguised, but often modified objects or products that are not normally considered materials from which art is made often because they have a non-art function. These are natural and manmade objects or fragments of an object that is kept because of some intrinsic interest the artist sees in it .They may be put on a shelf and treated as work of art in themselves as well as providing inspiration for the artists or can be used to embellish an art work. These found objects include polythene, wood, metal, beads, compact disc, that we have around us, and are used in our day today lives and are not often used in fashion design. In the end a collection of six garments will be exhibited showing the different jewelry techniques that have been used in their construction.