Reincarnation of Fashion Waste: Wearable Bacterial Art
Why not transform second-hand clothes into wearable art which carry colonies of bacterias?
Fashion industry is one of the main polluting industries on Earth. Every year, 20-50 new collections are produced and un-sold items end up in a landfill, are burned or end up in a second-hand clothes market. Clothes nowadays are made of synthesic materials like polyester that don't decomposte fast and stay on Earth for 500+ years.
Bacterias have a bad reputation in human world, they are seen as causes of disease. But what about the good qualities of bacterias, like keeping our human bodies and inside bodies healthy? How to spark people's curiosity about bacterias and encourage to see them as living organisms that have the right to exist and not to be fought against?
My Problems: Environmental Anxiety
I have a lot of things left from my grandmother, all mixed up. Often, I feel "guilt" when thinking how I'm going to need to sort all the stuff, from which many things are "waste". So I feel a need for a "transformation towards waste".
I spend a lot of time on my computer and phone. But I get into a different kind of state, flow state, when I'm not using devices. Since childhood, I loved playing with outfits - my grandmother and mom used to fix and remake them for me. I feel a joyful self-expression moment when dressing up, for fun. But buying new things make me feel "guilt" again. I feel a need to do something interesting with my hands.
On the street it's quite boring to see people wearing same looks, same shapes, nothing like "haute couture" or new shapes by futuristic designers IrisVanHerpen or Neri Oxman . I'm curious about the idea of future tribes and how in moder world, we, humans can make friends with strangers because we feel attracted to symbols, shapes, patterns, style of what we wear.
Solution: Second-Hand Clothes Become Wearable Art
A new art form where second-hand clothes are transformed for a new life and made into wearable art. People who practise this form of craft are called W.BARTIES, and the craft itself is called W.BART (like, wearable bacterial art).
Art as a trace for the future: made from a durable material that stays on Earth for 500+ years (polyester)
Art expresses the patterns and shapes of the future tribes
Recycling materials and feelings: Transforming a feeling about second-hand clothes from "waste" to "beauty"
Reincarnation of waste: Each art piece has a spiritual meaning because of bacterial research involved in the process
Wearable Art: Bringing art from galleries to the street
Hand-Making popular again: Encouraging people to use hands, not only minds, to create
Promoting STEAM: Art making includes research of bacteria types of each garmet used in the art piece
Social norms shift: Giving "bacterias a voice" through artistic provocation "Would you wear bacterias?"
I imagine that each wearable art piece would be made this way:
Ingredients for making:
Canvas - a garmet whether it's jeans, jacket, dress, shoes, assessory, etc - is like a living system or a micro world where life takes place
Citizens of this system - parts from other clothes, like a zip, trouser leg, cuff, shoe tongue, etc - each with a different kind of bacteria (?) which will be discovered in the process of making the piece