In a Nutshell
An ongoing project initiated during Climate Creative Spring 2021 cohort participation. The objectives are to bring awareness to so-called textile waste and current practice of the Global Northern countries exporting enormous number of secondhand clothes to less economically developed Global Southern countries, to progressively contemplate what it means to reuse and upcycle materials as a creative maker, and to encourage more discussions and actions to minimize daily household waste.
The term “gathered” in Gathered Cloths refers to a sewing technique commonly used in fabric manipulation, as well as the practice of assembling many cloths together to create a bigger object.
Cotton and cotton blend fabric scraps and remnants that were previously gathered or rescued around San Francisco Bay Area. A large portion from the initial batch are leftovers from Covid-19 initiative project.
Strips of fabric are made into ruffles and applied on a base cloth. Remnants that are too small are layered and stitched together to form ruched cloths. The results are various shapes of textured cloths.
These cloths are then assembled to form a bigger object – an accent, a garment, a sheet big enough to cover the front yard and keep weeds from growing, or anything else the assembler can imagine.