In response to the environmental issues caused by the fast-fashion industry, these design students have created fabrics and materials that intend to bring awareness to the problem and offer sustainable alternatives.
This roundup of projects includes textiles dyed with bacteria, materials made with biodegradable matter and fibre made of fabric-producing bacteria that aims to explore an alternative to cotton cultivation.
MA Fashion and Technology student Julia Moser has produced textiles that are dyed with pigment-producing bacteria.
According to Moser, this method only needs a small quantity of water compared to traditional fabric dying techniques and it does not involve chemicals that cause environmental damage.
"This project shows the potential of bacteria for dyeing textiles as a solution for fulfilling the human desire for colour, while at the same time treating the environment in a respectful and sustainable way," said Moser.
"In a constant interplay between designer and bacteria, and thus also between control and chance, living pigment bacteria are invited to support the fashion design process itself."
Student: Julia MoserSchool: University of Arts LinzCourse: MA (Hons) Fashion and Technology
MA Fashion and Technology student Katharina Halusa has developed a machine-assisted process for textile braiding to use in accessories and apparel design.
Halusa has created a process that combines technology and craft in braiding with the aim of creating a three-dimensional sustainable textile that brings a new aesthetic to fashion.
"An innovative manufacturing process on the radial braiding machine re-modernises the braiding craft with a robotic and machine-assisted process," said Halusa.
"The aim of Braided Textiles is to use this process to generate a new type of three-dimensional textile for application in fashion and sustainably open up new aesthetic, physiological and functional perspectives in fashion."
Student: Katharina HalusaSchool: University of Arts LinzCourse: MA Fashion and Technology