Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, September 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017
“Featuring creative and alternative approaches to confronting textile industry waste, “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse” presents the work of three designers who put sustainability at the heart of the design process. Highlighting contemporary design that embraces the tradition of using handcraft to give new life to scraps and cast-offs, the exhibition showcases work by Luisa Cevese, founder of Milan based design studio Riedizioni; Christina Kim, founder of Los Angeles-based brand dosa; and Reiko Sudo, cofounder of Toyko textile design firm Nuno.
Through more than 40 works, the exhibition explores key facets of sustainability, such as the efficient use of materials and resources, the preservation of local craft traditions and the integration of new technologies in the recycling process. Works on view include tabletop accessories and handbags refashioned from silk selvage scraps by Cevese, appliquéd panels produced from recycled jamdani saris by Kim, and a variety of fabrics woven from kibiso, a luxury fiber Sudo developed using discarded parts of the silk cocoon.” — Cooper Hewitt
Kibiso Tsugihagi, 2016; Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953), manufactured by NUNO Corporation (Tokyo, Japan); kibiso remnants machine-embroidered to a water-soluble base, base dissolved; Photo: Sue McNab.
Textile, Futsu Crisscross, 2009. Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953), manufactured by Nuno Corp. (Tokyo, Japan). 62% silk (raw silk and kibiso), 38% cotton.
Textile, Itomaki Kibiso, 2009. Designed by Reiko Sudo (Japanese, b. 1953), manufactured by Nuno Corp. (Tokyo, Japan). 100% silk (raw silk and kibiso).
“Scraps” is organizedby Matilda McQuaid, deputy director of curatorial and head of textiles and Susan Brown, associate curator of textiles.
Images courtesy Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.