Second Skin

Choosing and caring for textiles and clothing

India Flint
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A beautiful, heartfelt, and practical resource full of information and inspiration on selecting, acquiring, wearing, caring for, making, and repurposing textiles and clothing.

Almost from the moment of our birth, clothing acts as our second skin, yet we rarely consider where our clothes have come from and the effects they might have on the environment and ourselves. This beautifully photographed and illustrated book is about easily achievable ways to care for the planet by living simpler lives and using fewer resources, specifically those to do with cloth and clothing. It discusses the role of cloth in how consumption affects the ecology; looks at what textiles are made from and examines their properties, with an emphasis on those derived from natural sources; and talks about how to make informed choices regarding clothing-including deciding how much clothing one really needs. It also covers how to mend and maintain clothing, repurpose fashion, dyeing, and when all else fails, instructions for patching, piecing, felting, and twining. One 'gallery' chapter is dedicated to clothing designers and artists who have made a practice of working with salvaged materials, including Natalie Chanin (Alabama), Jude Hill (Long Island), Christine Mauersberger (Cleveland), and Dorothy Caldwell (Hastings, Ontario).

Author bio:

Costumier, artist and writer India Flint's works are represented in collections and museums in Germany, Latvia and Australia. She now lives on a farm in rural South Australia, researching plant dyes and breeding sheep. India also manages a textile practice embracing theatre, art and fashion and produces a range of salvage clothing under the label 'prophet of bloom'. India's work is featured on her website: www.indiaflint.com

Category: Fashion design
ISBN: 9781741967210
Publisher: Murdoch Books
Imprint: Murdoch Books
Pub Date: July 2011
Page Extent: 288
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Fashion & textiles: design