The Contemporary World of Denim & Shibori
As a designer, my work has often taken the route of exploring the space around the human form and rituals or repeated actions. For this project, I looked into the use of denim and repurposed denim as workwear for its durable and sturdy dense cotton twill, but also the opportunity for individuality through a contemporary twist on indigo-dyed Shibori patterns. Shibori is the ancient Japanese process of indigo resist-dyeing on natural fibre textiles. The unique forms resulting from the folding and wrapping techniques of Shibori reminded me of the honeycombing pattern on denim jeans from repeated movements by the wearer. My interest in sustainability comes from instant gratification culture and the devaluing of craftsmanship in relation to the textile industry. Specifically, my work explores design with intention and the manufacturing and repurposing of denim.