Eden Parkes

Textile Design BDes (Hons)

Designer of CO-EXISTENCE - 2 collections centred around the need for a compostable and sustainable textile.

About

CO-EXISTENCE (CE) is inspired by the organic nature and form of mycelium, an incredibly complex fungus that connects a vast majority of the earth’s natural biodiverse ecosystems. CE is a research-based project dedicated to the exploration of eco-conscious design that challenges conventional ideologies and perceptions of textiles. This body of work aims to shows that textiles does not need to be confined to the conventional domestic environment or standardised fashion products. They have vast, varied and exciting applications in a wide range of fields.

Materials and processes have been carefully considered with regards to their environmental impact. Combining traditional eco-conscious processes (organic & repurposed fabrics) with non-traditional processes (3D printing & laser cutting) CE has engineered fabric that is both sustainable and pliable. Its key properties are of movement, adaptability, and interactivity. 

The underpinning of this project is the in-depth research which has fuelled an overarching theme of symbiosis, where natural shapes influence the transformative motion of the textiles. By pushing boundaries with multidirectional designs  and the manipulation of materials these designs challenge the norm as they create a direct connection between sustainability and new possibilities & applications.

CO-EXISTENCE OVERVIEW

This diagram shows how my project fits in to a circular economy.

COLLECTION ONE

Photograph of expanding two layer pleated fabric with 3D prints sewn in between

COLLECTION 2

Photograph of multiple layered laser cut silk organza.

COLLECTION ONE AND TWO - INCONTEXT

Photoshopped designs into fashion.

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