Fast Fashion

Fast Fashion Void – Digital Drawing

What is fast fashion?

Wikipedia definition: Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers for designs that move from the catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends.  Fast fashion clothing collections are based on the most recent fashion trends presented at Fashion Week in both the spring and autumn of every year.

Unfortunately the fleeting and mass produced nature of fast fashion has many negative environmental impacts. Companies strive for turning over the maximum profit above considering ethical production. Its not just Boohoo that essentially use modern slavery, many brands like H&M and Zara now have “Sustainable” clothing lines that they seem to use as a distraction from the damage they are responsible for.

It is often the case that companies outsource their production to garment workers who don’t make a fair living wage. They do this for inexpensive production of clothing that is usually short lived and made by people having to put up with poor working conditions for a much less then fair wage.

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The facts:

Over 100 billion items of clothing are made per year, for a global population of only 7.7 billion.

30% of fast fashion is never sold. It goes straight to waste.

Fast fashion produces 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse emissions annually. This scale of production is not sustainable, it is harming people and the planet.

Fast fashion is responsible for 92 million tons of waste dumped in landfills every year.

It is the second largest polluter after the oil industry!

Some Alternatives To Fast Fashion:

The best alternative is not to buy new clothing at all, but to look after the clothes you already own so you can continue to wear those, mending items if you can. @venetialamanna on Instagram is a great source of inspiration for “OOTDs” (old outfit of the day).

Clothing swap shops! These come in the form of pop up events and less temporary shops. You just take a bunch of clothing you no longer wear and swap them out for second hand items that are new to you! Swap shops are often free or require only a small (sometimes optional) donation to charity. Try searching for clothing swap shop events near you on Facebook.

Depop. This is one of my favourite apps, there is no shortage of beautiful vintage pieces, affordable second hand staples and small business that are more likely to truly prioritise sustainability compared to any high street brand that claims to have a sustainable fashion line. Search for any kind of piece you’re after and you are bound to find it on Depop. You can also sell your old clothing on Depop very easily, no need for it to end up in landfill! Check out some of my favourite Depop sellers: @janettojo , @susamusa , @micromall , @selenasshop , @5thseason

Charity Shops. If you have a restricted budget charity shops are a fantastic resource for fairly priced second hand items. They are often great for basic clothing items, but if you dig a little you can definitely find some gems. If you are shopping at charity shops be aware that often the clothing in them can be the only option for people with little money. So be mindful, don’t forget to donate your own preloaded items and avoid using them too regularly, they are not to be viewed as cheap versions of vintage shops.

Vintage. Vintage shops come in a wide range of the reasonably priced to the very pricey. They can be found online and on high streets, so are easily accessible. I would recommend looking in vintage shops if you’re searching for occasion clothing, you never know what they might have.

Shall All Pass?

A text based work responding to situations like, the coronavirus which is continuing to drag along and seemingly not getting any better. A thought/feeling written out.

Shall All Pass? (Digital Drawing)

“Shall all pass?” is a play on the title of the Fronteer Art postcard exhibition titled All Shall Pass . It is a pop art style digital drawing that reads “all shall pass?”, questioning the statement itself. This could be taken as a pessimistic view, however it is intended only to highlight the times when we find ourselves questioning things. A normal human reaction to situations such as the current pandemic.

This will be displayed as a 6×4 inch glossy digital print at the Fronteer Gallery in Sheffield.

Global Design Graduate Show 2020

Yesterday I got an email notifying me that I have been shortlisted for the i-D and ARTSTHREAD Global Design Graduate Show 2020!

My project is available to view in the fine art section, among so much talent from other graduating artists this year.

Click here to check out everyone’s work on the Artsthread website

Public voting is open now, so you can share your appreciation for your favourite work in each category!

Follow this link to view and vote for my project, if ya like!

Coronavirus and the Environment

It’s Not F*cked – stitched fabric piece

This piece “It’s Not F*cked” is a simple statement of my opinion that with a combined effort we can make a positive impact on the climate crisis. It is a response to anyone that doesn’t see the point in making an effort against environmental issues because “we’re already too far” gone or (as I often hear as an excuse), “we’re already fucked”.

It’s not Fucked is a sentiment that can also be reassuring in times like this pandemic. It’s a simple, playful reminder that we will get through it.

Is there an upside to the current pandemic situation? It seems that lockdown has its environmental benefits in the forms of cleaner rivers, bluer skies, plummeting drops in traffic and pollution levels etc.

“People need to realise that if we control and cut down boat traffic in Venice and its lagoon then we could all discover a unique biosphere.” A quote from Matteo Bisol who runs Venissa a restaurant on the tiny lagoon island of Mazzorb, he has been campaigning for a more eco-responsible, sustainable model of tourism in Venice.

Apparently the clearer waters in Venice are due to the lack of boats, so there is much less disruption on the muddy floor of the canal causing less sediment to rise up. The amount of tourism in Venice (and many other places in the world) is already showing the resilience of nature. It did not disappear, but with less human interruption it will come back and thrive in places where we are usually dominant.

With all of this in mind and the current reliance on science, I wonder…

Why aren’t we treating climate change like an infectious disease?

We are experiencing a pandemic, which means numerous countries on lockdown, experts all over the world working on covid-19. The majority of people are relying on scientists for solutions and guidance. But when it comes to climate change and environmental issues there are more mixed beliefs. People can be very sceptical of the facts around climate concerns, maybe because they often sound so doom and gloom. We need to listen to environmental experts and not be deterred by alarming information in order to make positive changes. We must not be put off by the scale of the issue and always strive to make sustainable choices.

This excerpt is from an article publish on March 5th 2020, shedding some light on how pollution impacts our health.

The Guardian

It is obvious why Coronavirus has to be treated with such urgency. But it is important to recognise that the climate breakdown also poses imminent danger, the effects of which are being felt in many countries already (wildfires, extreme weather, flooding…). The reason that many people disregard environmental issues is that they fail to make a connection between the cause and the consequences. People view the consequences of climate change as something that will happen in the far flung future.

To sum up:

‘Urgent action to prevent a pandemic is of course necessary and pressing. But the climate crisis represents a far graver and deadlier existential threat, and yet the same sense of urgency is absent. Coronavirus shows it can be done – but it needs determination and willpower, which, when it comes to the future of our planet, are desperately lacking.’ (From the above article, Jones, 2020)

Update…

Another week gone by and the coronavirus situation hasn’t gotten better although I think I’m dealing with it a little better. I’d say this is largely due to a big oil pastel drawing I have been doing in times of stress. It’s literally just the words “Covid-19 Anxiety” but I think since it’s so colourful and fun to draw it takes some of my fear away and gets what is on my mind (and everyone else) out and onto paper.

I will continue to post it’s progress since it’s looking like I’ll have time to fill in the whole thing with crazy oil pastel colours!

Degree Show Cancellation 😦

General Waste – Paper cut out installation

Like most other art degree end of year exhibitions, ours too (the Leeds Arts University Degree Show 2020) has unfortunately been cancelled due to the damn coronavirus. I am devastated.

With an awareness that there are many much worse things happening because of this pandemic I am trying not to dwell on it too much. It is what it is. But I feel it necessary (and cathartic) to discuss. For us art students this is a culmination of 3 years hard work and learning. It is the event that sets off many graduates careers, where they have the opportunity to showcase their work to important audiences with offers of funding and residencies etc. It is also a celebration of graduating, of finishing an art degree, which in my opinion is a task not to be underestimated, it’s hard!

There will be no physical degree show. BUT there is opportunity for some kind of online degree show. With our creativity and ingenuity we will make something that showcases our practices, it will be strange not to exhibit a physical piece to an audience. But I am excited to see what we come up with!

Collage

Some collages I have been making from cut up pieces of old work…

Environmental poster collages:

I like collage because it allows me to keep making imagery without need of any new materials. I can reuse the paper etc that I have over and over again, making different things each time. Endlessly reproducing work out of the same stuff.

JPEG Archive

Hello. I have made another page on here. A place to store every iteration of each digital drawing. They kind of show the process and I think they’re quite interesting. Click here to check it out if you like!

Also here is a new digital drawing I have been working on. Right up close and personal with the rubbish. Featuring mouldy food, spilled rice, packaging and plastic bags.

Amazon and ActimelDigital Drawing Complete Version

Girl Space

This year I had the chance to exhibit in a day festival celebrating and showcasing female creatives. It was a wonderful event and allowed me to show Rubbish in Hyde Park Book Club. A venue right in the middle of Leeds student area, where the subject matter of excessive waste is very common.

Hyde Park Book Club
Three Exhibiting Artists
Rubbish – A1 Digital Print on Acetate
Rubbish – A1 Digital Print on Acetate
Rubbish – A1 Digital Print on Acetate

Snapshots

The way I work always begins with a snapshot of something/somewhere. I will be creating a page for my snapshots in order to digitally archive them.

Leeds Bin Bag Snapshot – Heightened Saturation

Some of my snapshots, like this one, are like pieces themselves. At the moment they are pretty much all linked to rubbish, as I am working around throw-away society. I usually heighten the saturation of them to use the vibrant colours when digitally drawing over the top.