Turning Trash Into Treasure

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Jacopo Artolli

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The team behind creative textile project Studio Floor have announced their upcoming exhibition this spring in Glasgow’s iconic building, The Pyramid at Anderston.

Lead by ReJean Denim founder, Siobhan McKenna, and award-winning couture weaver Christopher McEvoy, Studio Floor explores couture-making and craft techniques in waste reduction by excavating the remains of two fashion and textile studios. The result is one-of-a-kind range of pieces that offer a roadmap for other creatives in collaboration and sustainability.

The Pyramid at Anderston is a community-owned centre for the people in Anderston, Glasgow. Chief Officer Alisa Mackenzie was delighted to announce Studio Floor’s participation in their upcoming exhibition, where it will be displaying a unique 20-piece collection of new garments and accessories:

The Pyramid is thrilled to welcome Studio Floor at our first major exhibition since we formed as a community in 2019. It’s exciting to watch the work develop and I’m looking forward to seeing how our local community can get involved too. The exhibition chimes with our own aspirations to be a zero waste organisation, providing world-class events and activities for local people, expanding opportunities and ideas.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 15 April to Saturday 29 April 2023. It coincides with Fashion Revolution Week, an annual campaign bringing together the world’s largest fashion activism movement.

The UK Fashion Industry has experienced difficulties in terms of keeping unwanted clothing out of landfills. Christopher McEvoy hopes that Studio Floor’s initiative becomes a source of inspiration towards solving the 350,000 tonne textile wastage generated by the industry every year:

Waste is a major issue in the fashion industry at all levels. We often focus the conversation around the big corporations but small designers contribute to the problem. Studio Floor is our first step in addressing this issue. Collaboration is key to any designer’s success, so why not apply it to our waste?”

This project and upcoming exhibition is a great example of the power of conversation and creative collaboration to create ready-to-wear couture garments – which uses waste rather than creating more of it.


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