Move over trashcans! For, trash is in – in an eco-friendly world. Here we have yet another story where trash is transformed into a usable product. Stefanie Nieuwenhuys from the Kingston University, London, has created couture with recycled wood chips by layering them onto fabric like reptilian scales.
The couture reminds you of snake’s skin. The idea of Stefanie resulted in an amazing collection of corsets, floor-length evening dresses, trousers and neck-pieces. The collections have great finishing that they come in line with the modern laser cutting techniques.
Stefanie worked with bio-waste firm InCrops Enterprise Hub in Norwich to obtain unused pieces of plywood. The wood chips thus obtained are laser cut into the wanted forms.
The laser-cut wood chips are glued onto unbleached cotton. The brown-and-ecru scales created simulacra makes sure that nature’s inherent harmonies are not disrupted.
Nieuwenhuys believes that the designs are not only timeless but also keep traditional craftsmanship alive. Stefanie’s collections were recently shown at London Fashion Week. The collection, in pale-brown and beiges, came out as a result of collaborative effort between Kingston’s MA Fashion program and bio-waste firm InCrops Enterprise Hub. Isn’t that a laudable exercise?