We heard from three of the makers appearing this week as part of Garnet’s residency at new independent Gentlewench, created by Wei Yue and buyer Tijana Djordjevic, formerly of Mouki Mou and Dover Street Market.
Garnet was founded this year, with made-to-order clothing, homewares and jewellery by designers connecting nature, craft and the sentimental, each with their own historical context. Eroticism is revealed in the anthropomorphic figures by British artist Joanne Burke, while hand crocheted textiles by CSM alum Gabriele Skucas consider both social and cultural heritage of the two piece school uniform.
Making up the remainder of Garnet’s inaugural list are Sibyl, whose first chapter offers escapism via chenille jacquard opera cloaks, plus costume designer Patricia Perales García whose one-of-a-kind clay pieces strive for ‘perfect imperfection’.
Cornelia Andersson, of Sibyl (meaning ‘female oracle’), ‘Local artisans play a key role in the realisation of pieces from Sibyl, making them much more sustainable. The craftsmanship that goes into each stitch makes the pieces timeless. We have a slow fashion approach, and pieces are intended to be worn until they falls apart, not for one season.’
Patricia Perales García, ‘Working with clay [it’s] one of the purest and most sustainable materials I have come across and worked with. It’s extracted from the ground and mixed with water and sometimes sand in order to give it strength. It’s natural not to have any waste. I can always bring back to life a dried ceramic piece by softening with water and letting it dry again. I never create any waste, instead I re-use the the clay that either is being dried out as previously explained or has been bisque fired, in this case you can recycle by grinding it and transforming into small particles of sand, that can be added to the already made clay and adds a lovely texture.’
Joining the residency will be artists Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge of studio Forest + Found, ‘Driven by a deep relationship to the land, we work with raw materials sourced directly from landscapes in and around the UK. Working with storm felled trees and sustainably managed woodlands allows us to work with material that would otherwise go unseen and forgotten. The relationships formed between material and place through the act of making is fundamental to our practice and the work we make.’
Amason: ”We send files, emails and animals”
With the release of the first single from their upcoming album (and a virtual release party tonight), Swedish band Amason teams up with adidas and the new, more sustainable Stan Smith. The space of which the iconic shoe enters is one where the love of nature takes center stage. Make it last talks to the band about why they always end up with the animals.
Stan Smith, Forever
Always iconic. Now more sustainable. We’re proudly partnering up with adidas to show you the next generation of sustainable takes on the storied Stan Smith silhouette.
Make it last x Circulose® Jacket
Seven years into making Make it last, we’ve decided to launch our first product. This jacket is handmade in Laxå with fabric made with Circulose®.
The Edit: In Times of Boredom
"Inspired by times of boredom and from the urge to create something fun and hope to inspire others."