Clare Smith「LAYERS OF LIVES」|永續時尚之旅

|Category:Textile and accessory Design
|Material:Upcycled coat, recycled from cotton batting quilt
|Technique:Machine quilting over layered clothing pieces
|City, Country:Taawa, Wellington, Aotearo/New Zealand

Clare Smith_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

Clare Smith is a textile artist living in Wellington, New Zealand. In 2000 Clare completed an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts with further Graduate Diploma studies in applied arts at Whitireia NZ 2012, and over the last few years she completed a Diploma in Măori Visual arts and flax weaving (raranga) at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Clare teaches mainly adults and specialises in surface design (textile dyeing and printing), machine quilting and quilt design classes. She currently teaches costume students at Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand National Drama School. An avid traveller Clare includes her love of Japanese textiles in her current workshop offerings.

Clare Smith 是一位居住在紐西蘭惠靈頓的紡織藝術家。在2000年,Clare 完成了視覺藝術的高級文憑,並在Whitireia NZ進行了應用藝術的研究,並在過去幾年中在Te Wananga o Aotearoa完成了毛利視覺藝術和蒲草編織(raranga)的文憑課程。

Clare 主要教授成年人,專攻表面設計(紡織染色和印刷)、機器縫製和被子設計課程。她目前在紐西蘭國家戲劇學院 Toi Whakaari 教授戲服學生。Clare 熱衷於旅行,並將她對日本紡織品的熱愛融入了她目前的工作坊提供中。

Perspectives on Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life.

On sustainability:

I’ve never been interested in fast fashion, I worry  about dyes being discharged into waterways, polyester fibres in the oceans and the amount of fabric being dumped or burned as waste. I’ve always been more interested in the craft of making, mending and darning,  transforming, reusing, stitching and recycling. Recently I’ve moved away from working with fabric towards weaving with harakeke (New Zealand flax phormium tenax), a naturally sustainable fibre.


我從來不感興趣快時尚,我擔心染料排放進入水道,聚酯纖維進入海洋以及大量布料被丟棄或焚燒成廢物。我一直對製作、修補和織補、轉化、重複使用、拼接和回收等手工藝更感興趣。最近,我開始遠離使用布料,轉向使用韓文(紐西蘭蘆葦 - New Zealand flax phormium tenax)編織,這是一種天然可持續的纖維。

Clare Smith_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

The Concept and Description of the Work

Clothes are discarded for many reasons. Sometimes they go out of fashion, sometimes the clothing no longer fits or is damaged or fades in the sun. I began to take apart discarded clothing and layer it into utilitarian quilts in the style of ‘wagga’ quilts from Australia or ‘Boro’ from Japan. I called this series ‘Layers of Lives’ as each quilt was made up of layers of clothing from many people with many stories. When the ‘quilt’ was no longer required in that form, I recycled it back into clothing in the form of a coat.