Workshop on Re-purposing & Up-cycling: Fashion & Textile Ideas from used materials at PIFD.
There is a textile production crisis all around: new fabrics and materials are no longer available, not in Pakistan and not anywhere else in the world. Resources to produce them have finished, and the last stocks are sold out. Students from Textile Design Department of PIFD address the challenge: they make use of re-purposing and up-cycling techniques and develop fashion and home textile lines for a specific customer segment, one that they define. Students analyze their customers’ wishes, interests, tastes and needs through short interviews and site observations, after class on the first day of the workshop. In the following days, based on their findings, they developed products from used fabrics and material that they brought from home, collected from their friends and families or retrieved from other sources. They began with material experimentation: what can they do to and with them? Folding, squeezing, ripping, cutting, stitching, weaving etc. In the course of the next two days students worked developing product prototypes. The workshop was conducted by Diploma Designer Gwendolyn Kulick, MA from Wuppertal University and Textile Design Department of PIFD.