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Waking up to Earley

As much as I love fashion, I don’t know much about it. Sometimes it seems like I’m learning something and then I find out, I don’t know anything at all.

At least that’s how I feel when I come across designers like Becky Earley. For the past decade she has been working on various techniques of printing and producing sustainable textiles. She teaches, and she makes art. All with fashion, because she thinks out of the box when it comes to the process of developing and designing a garment.

In her Master’s studies at Central Saint Martins Earley integrated her love of photography with textile design… by developing a beautiful process of permanently printing photograms on fabric with ordinary objects, she used pins and barbed wire, found objects… feathers. The medium makes the object’s facsimile have an ethereal quality. Then she went on to develop more ec0-friendly(er) printing techniques using left-over inks from other print runs minimizing pollution. She also changes production paradigms by buying up cast-offs from large retailers like Marks & Spencer who produce thousands of garments based on a foretasted trend. She takes them and re-prints the garment and modifying the design.

“If you think about ’stamps of approval’ or the way that fridges and freezers are graded with their energy consumption, could you try to imagine some kind of grading for garments? - sounds terribly scary and a little bit boring and not what you’re looking for when you’re buying a new outfit, but I do believe that consumers want to know more about what they’re consuming.” -Becky Early

I find people like Earley to be really inspiring, because she not only makes beautiful clothing but she puts a lot of thought into the production as well as the construction, it’s effects on the planet, and she participates in the fashion community. This holistic approach to fashion is what gives our tradition of adorning ourselves in clothing a real soul.

images via The David Report

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5 comments for “Waking up to Earley”

  1. The collar is fantastic…

    Posted by susie_bubble | February 6, 2008, 3:45 pm
  2. i love that blouse. AND the feather print. i keep thinking i have stopped liking giggley, ruffley, feathery things. but you & others keep bringing me back. and i am glad to read anything about organic fabric development. i am just at the stage of trying to find organic fabrics for my totes. my god. what a battle. the process will take most likely a year. but so glad these things are happening.

    Posted by SwanDiamondRose | February 6, 2008, 6:57 pm
  3. swan~ you know i go through the same things too with color… i keep wanting become more sophisticated with my color pallete but then, inspiration happens.

    it’s nice to know you are going to organic! i think independent designers are really making some headway with organics, i admire you for doing so.

    Posted by jennine | February 6, 2008, 10:34 pm
  4. Also, lots of young designer I know, they opts for quality materials made in Spain for example, instead of cheap made in…They are a bit more expensive, but they will have more and more “fashion/ecologic/quality conscious” customers.

    It´s great to support them!

    Posted by Mer | February 7, 2008, 4:04 am
  5. I feel that way all the time - that I know next to nothing about fashion. But that doesn’t stop me from writing about it - no sirree!

    Posted by Thom | February 8, 2008, 4:17 pm

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