Bursting at the Seams: An Exploration of Feelings and Fast Fashion

Piper H Hartman

Student Name: Piper H Hartman
Major(s): Studio Art
Minor(s): Education
Advisor: Cassidy Ely
My independent study addresses my concerns about the fast fashion industry by sewing new garments out of secondhand clothing. This process acted as a catalyst to work through previously avoided emotions and to explore my aversion to those emotions head on, whether past or present. My inclination to avoid the hard parts of life up to this point was clearly not an effective way of living, and I wanted to change the way I feel and think about my emotions.
For the physical element of my independent study, I created eight garments out of clothing purchased from secondhand stores that I disassembled and remade into new pieces. The question I asked myself as inspiration was how I could make unique pieces while using the most sustainable methods and materials? After spending months on this topic, I cannot say that I have a definitive answer, but I have examined small ways that I can try my best to be conscious about my purchases and maybe inspire others along the way. As I progressed through the work, I developed a deeper understanding of ways to combat fast fashion and express my emotions.

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Posted in I.S. Symposium 2021, Independent Study.