Doughnuts #1, Mixed Media, 1 metre, £1500 and 4 garments: 40cm in diameter, £1200
Doughnuts #1, Mixed Media, 1 metre, £1500
The safe and just space for humanity: The Doughnut Economic Theory by Kate Raworth
Kate Raworth’s economic ‘Doughnut Theory’, clearly visualises and represents the outer edge as our ecological ceiling. To go beyond this, which we are, will trigger further climate breakdown, loss of bio-diversity and extreme poverty. My metre wide ‘doughnuts’ are only made from discarded fabrics, using unwanted duvets as the filling. With a versatile function, they can be worn as an extremely warm poncho/cape, helping to address the harsh realities of the energy crisis.
4 garments: 40cm in diameter, £1200
Melted garments to reveal the differences between synthetic and viscose fibres. Despite the latter being a cellulose fibre it requires a toxic solvent to process it. It subsequently resembles a material that is now identified by geologists as ‘plastiglomerate’, indicative of our anthropogenic impact on our planet.
The focus of my work is fast fashion and its reliance on oil, which now accounts for 69% of all textile output; this is projected to account for 73% by 2030. Collaborating with a Material Scientist and Geologist I have been able to interrogate and visualise my research further, drawing upon the impact that it has had on the environment and workers. Within an A3 limited edition, riso-printed and hand-stitched booklet of 200, I have pulled together facts, quotes and images to raise essential awareness of the issues and most importantly the ways in which it can be mitigated. Additionally, I have grown flax within a tank and goldfish bowls, on a geological bedrock of oil and plastic, to showcase the alternative, carbon sequestering solution whilst keeping oil firmly within the ground.