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WUNDERBLAZE: Sustainability and Ethical Temp Brand?

WUNDERBLAZE is a small independent temporary brand that began for a number of reasons and has developed in a range of ways, and, although it will be shut by the 11th of June, has been an absolutely fantastic experience.

One of the main parts of the brand was to aim to be ethical in its practice, in relation to this I have attempted to:
avoid excessive over consumption by working with donated fabrics,  off cuts and fabrics left over from my academic experimentations although sometimes trimmings have to be bought as these are rarely donated
Avoid waste water by dying in small lots and only the precut fabrics
I have even been researching and experimented with natural based dyes to reduce waste and chemical use
All of cuts are saved to make other garments or accessories
Pattern cutting is done in a way to utilise the most of the fabric
All garments are handmade and hand decorated by me

There are a number of ways in which I attempt to integrate sustainable practice into the running of WUNDERBLAZE and my current module, Business of Design, as well as the entirety of my Masters in Design and Environment provide me not only the opportunity to research the best way to do this but also to discuss ethics, the environment, sustainability and the various aspects of relating this to design.

I would not say that WUNDERBLAZE is at the sustainable level that I want it to be but as I said it’s a process of development and implementation, and honestly I do it for the joy of making but would like to also close the loop and start thinking about how they could be recycled at the end of their lives as this is something that I feel is as important as the resouces used.

I think ethical design practice is the future and I hope to be part of it.

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Current Position & Progress

As the year progresses so to has the amount and intensity of work, my research focusses have left little time for new posts though I am excited for the new development that doing this course has, and is, allowing me to explore which I am certain will improve the sustainable design, manufacture and packaging, among other areas. It has allowed me to more indepthly understand fabrics and their properties and through this to develop a greater knowledge of the ecologies of designated eco-fabrics and components which has opened my eyes to the myths surrounding some and the not widely known properties of others. 

As I have already mentioned my studies are becoming very intense and due to this I will posting less regularly than usual, though the store will be open and functioning as usual so feel free to have a look at the WUNDERBLAZE Store . There are new designs waiting to be added once some of the current stock is sold to make space; bold reds, sparkle harness and multicolored lace delights are waiting in the wings. In the near future I am also planning to start selling the hand knitted designs I have been saving and some men’s briefs and loungewear.

My two main current projects are exploring sustainable and environmentally conscious dying in relation to lingerie and I am also exploring, and aiming to create, a sustainable toolkit allowing your to make your own wool. That is just a brief break down i what i am looking into in addition to some freelance consultancy work.

Stay Wunderful

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The 2016 Design Challenge

On my current masters I have been working with more indepthly focused upon materials in association to intimate apparel, im hoping to improve not only my application of design and making, through my materiality modules, but also my practice and execution, through my Business of design modules, and also to increase my understanding of user engagement and social cultural aspects of purchasing through terchnonatures.

So this year I have decided to investigate, possible new, more sustainable and environmentally friendly fabrics, with the hope of developing a 100% sustainable, ethical, biodegradable and environmentally friendly range of intimates and loungewear in the near future.

In light of environmental impact in relation to western consumerist culture I have challenged myself to use the fabric that, as a sewer, I have acquired and thought too beautiful to use, and to combine it with end of roll or cut offs from haberdasheries and other companies. I want to retrain my brain to use the fabric I buy and not be so precious and to think about what i purchase and the production and travel involved within it. I already see that there will be various challenges involved but I think that they will all be able to be overcome by supplementation and innovation.

So in short the challenge is to not buy any fabric off the roll and to only buy a maximum of 2 offcut fabrics a month. *

 I am rather excited to see how this challenge will shape WUNDERBLAZE this year and to rediscover all the fabulous fabrics and materials I have acquired and not used.

*This challenge does not relate to my academic research

 

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