Emma Gibson: Below the Waste
My inspiration for not just this collection, but all aspects of my design work come from my need to create ethically and sustainably. There is no other way I can justify being a creator without being conscious as to what happens to the products I make. I got into clothing design from seeing how little it takes for people or corporations to deem a garment/product worthless. This collection is a huge reflection on my influences growing up, wearing hand-me-downs almost exclusively from boys from brothers, family friends, and cousins. The utility and protection that cargo pants and stiffer materials – and decently sized pockets – allowed me to be the adventurer and explorer I was determined to be. Below the Waste is made from materials all sourced second hand or before being discarded to the trash. I find the challenge of creating something new only in the realm of resources that exist a stimulating challenge that keeps me learning and excited for what is next.