Ra Thomson「SALVAGING SELVEDGE」|永續時尚之旅

|Category:Clothing design
|Material:Recycled selvedge denim scraps
|Technique:Patchwork
|Year:2024
|City, Country:Taipei, Taiwan

Ra Thomson_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

/Artist 藝術家/

New Zealanders are well known for their “can do” attitude and Ra is no exception. His skill and creativity is born out of a passion for craftsmanship and design and a wish to inspire. His professional journey has led him through many roles in the Fashion Industry and he pioneered one of NZ’s most renowned Menswear brands. He is now proud to call Taiwan home and passionately shares his skills as a professor in the Fashion Department at Shih Chien University where he has developed his own menswear program. In recent years Ra has been bringing sustainable thinking into his classes and encouraging students to think differently about their design.

新西蘭人以他們的“可以做到”的態度而聞名,Ra也不例外。他的技能和創造力源於對工藝和設計的熱愛,以及對啟發他人的渴望。他的職業生涯帶領他在時尚行業中擔任了許多角色,並開創了新西蘭最著名的男裝品牌之一。他現在自豪地稱台灣為家,並熱情地在實踐大學時尚系擔任教授,他在那裡開設了自己的男裝課程。近年來,Ra一直將可持續思維引入他的課堂,鼓勵學生從不同角度思考設計。

Perspectives on Tradition and Future, Sustainability and Fashion, and Life.
關於傳統與未來、永續與時尚生活的看見

Fashion is not a word I like to use, because it stands for everything that is wrong with today's industry; the idea of things being disposable because of a trend. One the things that has always attracted me to Menswear is its long tradition of designing with a focus on durability, function and purpose over aesthetics. Reviving this design principle is key to our future, we need to slow down consumption, make things that are designed to last both physically and aesthetically and put time and care into what we create. I believe there is a deep connection between the skill and craft of our design and our society as a whole.

時尚不是我喜歡使用的詞語,因為它代表了當今行業的問題所在;即因為趨勢而導致物品成為可丟棄的想法。吸引我一直投入男裝的原因之一是它悠久的設計傳統,著重於耐用性、功能性和目的性,而非美學。重拾這種設計原則對我們的未來至關重要,我們需要減緩消費速度,製造既在物理上又在美學上設計為持久的物品,並在我們創造的事物上投入時間和關愛。我相信我們的設計技能和工藝與我們整個社會之間存在著深刻的聯繫。

Ra Thomson_SUSFUTURE2024 國際永續時尚設計展

The Concept and Description of the Work關於參展作品的創作動機與設計理念

The core concept of this piece is to demonstrate to my students that the waste they create still has value and that they need to be more mindful of how they consume and discard resources. I also wanted to prove to them that "dope" things can be made from trash. This jacket is made entirely from selvedge denim scraps that I have collected from the classroom floor after they were thrown away by my students. This distinctive fabric has a special red and white edging and after joining the small scraps together it results in the unique detail of random lines. 

這件作品的核心概念是向我的學生展示他們創造的廢物仍然有價值,並且需要更加注意他們如何消費和丟棄資源。我還想向他們證明,用廢料也能製作出“酷”東西。這件夾克完全由我從教室地板上收集的學生丟棄的布邊牛仔布碎片製成。這種獨特的布料有特別的紅白邊,將小碎片拼接在一起後,形成了獨特的隨機線條細節。