Sustainability Inspires Rangi Wearable Art

Rangi Ruru’s Year 10 and 12 Textile Technology students have presented the school’s first Wearable Art project.

Year 10 students were given the issue of recycling for sustainability, the girls used readily available materials to design and create costumes. Year 12 students created their own brief, focusing on e-textiles and fabric manipulation. These two projects are currently on display at the school.

Textile technology teacher, Esther Lindsay said the project was both engaging and challenging learning for the Year 10 girls who took the opportunity to work in pairs doing something different by designing costumes and exceeded expectations.

“The eleven designs all display the girls’ personalities, unique perspectives, interests and skills in design and construction. As a first for the school, we are incredibly proud of their efforts and hope to inspire creations from next year’s students,” said Miss Lindsay.

“The girls developed ideas through effectively working together to come up with new approaches, ideas and ways of thinking,” added Miss Lindsay.

Below the students explain their designs and their motivations.

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“Cascading Waterfall” by Anneka Calder and Zoe Yates (Year 10)

“We learnt that hand stitching gave a better finish and suited the costumes functional needs. We also realised that functional modelling is a vital part of creating a successful prototype. The materials include recycled plastic remnant, bed protectors and fibreglass rod.”

“Dream to fly” by Bing Han (Year 12)

“My costume is inspired by the dreams of whales. The crinoline has a juxtaposition of a whale flying in the clouds surrounded by stars, flowers and butterflies. I used LED lights to represent the stars in my garment. I trialled and made a LED matrix which I hand stitched on top of the fiberglass crinoline.”

“Space Warrior” by Charlie Roberts and Jessica Lam (Year 10)

“Our aim was to create a black and white costume. We created this prototype using recycled sacking, layered and hand stitched, a recycled t-shirt, plastic remnants attached to the skirt and low density foam from packaging for the head piece.”

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“Name my costume” by Ella Brownrigg (Year 12)

“In my initial stage of research, I was influenced by sculptural dripping objects capturing fluidity. To gain this effect in my own costume I trialled moulding plastics, vacuum sealing and shaping materials. Drawing inspiration from avant-garde fashion. The combination of stakeholder feedback and functional modelling helped my decision making through trialling and testing different materials and techniques.”

“Tangled” by Grace Mathews and Molly McGurk (Year 10)

“In this project we learnt about each other’s skills and used this to our advantage throughout the design process. When planning the design of the costume we combined both our ideas to make our outcome. Material include recycling sacking, rope and fiberglass rod.”

“Waste Land” by Holly Ffowcs-Williams and Arwen van Pallandt (Year 10)

“We started this project with the concept of reuse and melt plastic bags to create a dress. We modelled the top many times, each time improving our process. Through working together and combining ideas we often compromised, creating new ideas and technique.”

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“Gallop to the beat” by Libby Beardsley (Year 10)

“This costume is inspired by my prize ribbons from horse shows. After experimenting I came to the decision to layer second hand ties. They had a similar effect to my ribbons through colour and movement.”

“The missing piece” by Lucy Chambers and Georgia Horsfall (Year 10)

“We chose to experiment with recycled jigsaw pieces and plastic remnants. By layering and heat pressing these components together it created an embossed effect. We used the industrial sewing machine to sew the segments into circles. This allowed us to create a sculptural form.”

“Road of the past” by Holly McCarron and Molly Payne (Year 10)

“Our concept came from our chosen recycled material of road maps. Molly’s parents had taken a road trip many years ago and kept a book of maps as a memento. We worked well together as we would communicate our ideas every lesson. Our Gantt chart helped us plan our time and work to a schedule.”

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“Colour spree” by Rio Sloss, Francesca Allen and Lily Moore (Year 10)

“We chose to experiment with bright, eye catching junk food wrappers sourced from the school recycling stations. Our research looked at pop culture’s bright colours and repetition. When working in our team of three we were most successful when we listened to each other’s ideas and kept it simple.”

“Lest we forget” by Anna Rochford and Rosetta Brown (Year 10)

“We used functional modelling to trial and test multiple techniques for each element of our costume. Our costume consists of red and black to represent Canterbury and poppies to represent the ANZACs. Material include VCR tape knitted, coffee filters, earphone sponge, lampshade and fiberglass rod.”

9 November 2016

Rangi Life