Julia Roebuck (BA 2009)
Julia Roebuck explores upcycling and textile waste in her final collection and thesis.
This project is based on garment lifecycles, transforming 3D garments to 2D fabric samples, and exploring the shape and construction of textiles around the body. Having researched ‘upcycling’ and sustainable fashion concepts for my dissertation, I feel it important to use my final collection to encourage us to consider the life cycle of a garment, end of life solutions and design for zero waste to reduce the amount of textiles heading to landfill.
I have also experimented with printing digitally onto reclaimed fabric. As well as developing concepts and imagery relevant to the four project areas, I researched the ways in which digital print processes can be less harmful to the environment.
Upcycling: an uphill struggle? an exploration into the development of upcycling as a model for sustainable garment production
This thesis questions the realistic development of upcycling within the fashion and textile industry. For many unwanted garments, upcycling extends the lifecycle through creative alterations and customisation, increasing value and improving desirability. However, many consumers are unaware of the reuse potential for their unwanted clothes and the majority are disposed of through incineration or into landfill, causing huge environmental damage.
Julia has since gone on to study the MA Fashion & the Environment at London College of Fashion and is now working as an Education Officer for ......