Cradle to Cradle
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cradle to cradleindia f i lsel l -bayes
Mexico:sand dunes and surfing
Outside:leaves, fog and trees
Clothes:vegetables and arms
Otto:basketballs and trainers
Zug:snow and lakes
Scarlett:snow and lakes
Milly Melbourne:hand dyed and locally
Potager:a secret garden
The Green House:home grown
c o n t e n t s
Currently for my dissertation I am exploring the concept of the subconscious obsession within photographers and artists. I read an interesting anecdote in Geoff Dyers book the On-Going Moment, which I thought was fitting to further explain this idea. Discussing his selection process and method of shooting, he comments Initially chance played a key part in both processes. After a point, though, I began to see that a number of these photos had something in common He goes on to say that once he had identified the running principal, it then became a very conscious obsession to continue that idea further. I have recently been
making a website which has given me an opportunity to look back at previous work and find my obsession.
At the end of last year I think I had become more aware to what my obsession might be, I believe it is people, not just what theyre wearing or how they look but their personality. Having seen this pattern in my work I have now made a point to try and continue this idea throughout the next year in preparation for the portfolio.
Thought this zine I am going to explore an environmental issue I am particularly drawn to, CRADLE TO CRADLE.
in t roduct ion about me
mil ly melbourne
hand dyed and loca l ly sourced
I have created a digital scan: there is little to no depth of field, everything is sharp and in focus. From afar the photos seem to fit perfectly, but there are small irregularities. It documents the overlooked: what is right under our noses and lays it out flat. The viewer can see all elements of each item right down to the knit of socks or the line in denim.
It is important to describe and distil the time we live in whilst always pushing things forward.
Style is everywhere in an act or a gesture, a crumple in a jacket or the flick of eye-liner. The finer details are what interest me.
Forms. In the past few years I have become more intrigued
about the practicals of making and wearing garments.
I wished to look further at how our garments are made, the processes behind each one; as well as how we put our clothes on and take them off. These questions are also something Milly Melbourne found interesting. Having just returned from Holland and Belgium, where she researched small Dutch product design companies. She used this research to create her graduate collection which is both age and gender neutral.
All the materials she uses are local, organic, ethically sourced and sustainable; each colour has been produced from hand dying.
logica l ly s imple digi ta l scan: forms
leaves , t rees and fog
Summer, after all is a time when wonderful things can happen to quite people.
sussex country mult ip le exposures , t rees and morning sun
basket bal ls and t ra iners
vegetable and arms
Recently there has been an increase in high street brands becoming more environmental aware. H&M for instance has began a Conscious effort and are pledging to create closed loop fashion.
With as much 95% of clothes being thrown away unnecessarily, H&M have begun to collect those old garments and have started to recycle them. They able to blend 20% of those old fibres in to new collections, with a hope in the future of making it 100%. H&M is very much in the lead when it comes to environmental responsibility.
Although consumers are more aware than ever
before about environmental responsibility, as a society we are still very far away from consumers choosing sustainable sourced clothing for there next social event.
It cant only be the responsibility of companys, the consumer needs to be making intelligent decisions when it comes to them buying their clothes. If we become less accustomed to buying garments for one season and instead buy our clothes to last, or second hand , we to can begin to do our bit while continuing to look stylish.
Membership programmes such as Positive Luxury...
garment co l lec t iondon t le t c lo thes go to waste
Are helping consumers to do there part. Each of the brands showcased on the programme takes great care with the sourcing of its raw materials, the manufacturing of its products and the marketing of its services.
There has also been an increase in smaller sustainable companys. One which I feel needs to be mentioned is Base Range. There philosophy favours creating collections which are clean, easy and are accessible.
Base Range works with high quality, organic fabric in new and innovative ways that benefits the producer and consumer whilst minimizing
the environmental impact. The garments exist somewhere between modern culture and the natural world. Base Range is underpinned by a strong belief that sustainable products should not be a luxury. This philosophy has led to the affordable pricing of the label.
Being sustainable could have once been difficult but as Ive demonstrated it is becoming more and more accessible.
There are no excuses.
scar le tt
jumpers and k i tchens
zug: swi tzer landsnow, lakes and sk i ing
mexicos: beach cornwal l
sand dunes and sur f ing
Being at the beach is a favourite past time, it is something the young, the middle aged and old enjoy. Although sometimes perhaps rather begrudgingly. There has been many laughs shared and tears lost at the beach. Whether a stony beach in Eastbourne or the long white sand beaches of the Kenya coasts there are many to be seen. The beautiful beaches of the Cornish coast however an experience which cant be missed.
Each beach has its own charm. Some are for surfing, others for rock polling but each is be enjoyed. Mexico situated between Godrevey and Hayle with views of the St Ives bay is
not one to be missed. Before our coast is over
come with debris or the sea has altered the beaches beyond our recognition we should enjoy them. Use them as often as we can from January till December.
Shot in November although you never would have thought from the beautiful vibrant colours and the clear blue skys. That was until the sun set at four oclock.
I wanted to capture the smaller details of each fabric I had chosen against the beautiful wild plants that grow on the dunes. The yellow jumper situated opposite was on loan from a local shop in Falmouth, Wild Pony...
mexicos: beach beach, envi ronment , nosta lg ia
I picked it because of the natural wool and vibrant colour. The large and square lines of the jumper made it a clear winner. Having taken inspiration from Joseph Altuzarra Fall 2014 collection of navy blue and shearling coats, I wanted to bring elements from that in to my shoot.
Previously I saw the work of Harry Callahan at the Tate Modern I really wanted to channel his fragility in to my images focusing on the beautiful reeds that grow natural on the sand dunes.
Potager: garden in Constant ine
gardening, tea and cake
Emerging from the bramble an abandoned plant nursery Potager is now a relaxing and beautiful haven to rest a while. With mature trees which were once nursery stock and lush herbaceous planting interspersed with fruit and vegetables Potager aims to demonstrate the beauty of productive organic gardening.
A market garden in the 1950s, and latterly a garden centre, in the 1980s the site was closed for business and lay untouched for 10 years. The remaining stock had taken root through its pots creating an almost impenetrable forest of plants with self sown willows for added density. Trees were
growing through the roofs of the glasshouses and the 2 acre field of daffodils and Christmas trees at the back of the nursery was an unreachable sea of brambles. It really was the lost sleeping beauty nursery of Constantine - the plants-mans paradise that time forgot.They purchased the land in January 2000 and the hard work began. Rather than clearing the whole site, the overgrown specimens were used to form the shape of the garden. Using secateurs, saws and a winch in preference to diggers and chainsaws, and with literally a tree every foot, the progress was slow but absorbing.
potager g ardens gardening, tea and volunterr ing
A small woodland emerged birch, maple and cherry with even a solitary unsold peach tree and a willow leaved pear. Plum trees and crab apples were saved in the step by step clearance. As the space gradually opened up, full sun areas were planted with scented and grey leaved lavenders, Santolina, towering jewel Echiums, Mediterranean herbs, streams of Nasturtiums all able to flourish in the mild climate.
Plantings of bright Alstroemeria aurea, the magestic pale yelow giant scabious Cephalaria gigantica, edible flowered Hemoraccallis, shaggy maned Inula, and unusual Knautia macedonica
weave in and out of the shady areas.
Lawns were leveled and sown on ground that hadnt seen the light of day for decades.New planting of fruit and vegetables was able to start, medlar, quince, gages, damson, mulberry, fig and even olive tre