Anja is a sustainable designer and researcher currently undertaking a fully-funded PhD at the University of Brighton. The title of her research is: 'The Future Shape of Design: a toolkit for designing longer-lasting material experiences'.
‘Seam Decoder’ is a project commissioned by Kate Fletcher as part of Local Wisdom where user interaction becomes meaningful way of proactively experiencing resourceful fashion. The ongoing applied doctoral research is a continuation of these investigations to enable designers to shape their own practice towards longer-lasting material experiences.
Anja's MA work explores garment life-extension also in ‘Past:Present - Material Manifestations of Memory’, a collection inviting the wearer to co-create the garments with hair embroidery as embodied memories. This project is aimed at finding forms of fashion design and consumption that are meaningful, personal and sustainable. The title is derived from a T.S. Eliot poem containing the lines:
“Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future,
and time future contained in time past”
The past is made explicit in the garments, while what we wear is an expression of our present selves and who we wish to be in the future. As we remember experience over ‘stuff’, clothing becomes a material manifestation of our memories. And by allowing the wearer to ‘manifest’ their own experiences into the garments i.e. through human hair embroidery, life is breathed into them: they become personal and meaningful.
The garments are made from organic silk hand-dyed with tea+iron (grey), organic cotton and salvaged materials.
anjaccrabb [at] gmail [dot] com