Stina Resting: “For me, sustainability is both aesthetic and material. I see UN Goal 12 as an invitation to work with an artistic expression that includes mysterious silhouettes, up-cycling, unconventional materials, and embroidery. I believe in the magic that the hand can infuse in an object through craft.
I have explored ‘wrapping’ as a metaphor for dress in general and as a method for designing in particular. I am fascinated by how not only wrapped bodies but also wrapped objects are transformative. Wrapping points to the tension between revealing and concealing the body. Working in fashion, I am particularly interested in textile wrapping. The relationship between textile and object has therefore been a driver in my graduation project.
The relationship between object and wrapping is ambiguous in the sense that objects may become temporarily masked through wrapping that in turn is not only a cover but also an object in itself. Rather than simply revealing or covering, wrapping may serve to blur these very distinctions. Therefore, I have explored the dynamics of visibility and invisibility that seems to characterize this relationship.
I am inspired by the notion of aesthetic sustainability as a value driver in garments. When talking about sustainability there tends to be a focus on resources and production systems. With my project, I wish to promote aesthetic sustainability in fashion with the potential for a more nuanced view on sustainable fashion.
Sustainable fashion has often been associated with beauty, minimalism and harmony, but I find that attempting to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment does not necessarily mean visually pairing down. A more complex aesthetic may actually work as a means for a potentially longer product life. By working with the notions of the ugly and unexpected also serving as an appealing aesthetic, I seek to challenge the ideas of sustainability."
Kristine Harper (2015), Æstetisk bæredygtighed. København: Samfundslitteratur