The project presents a vegan alternative to wool by collecting the waste leaves of pineapples from markets and juice bars around London before extracting and processing the fibres into a textile. By perceiving waste as a design opportunity, an existing by-product is made into a sustainable and biodegradable vegan material. Through collaboration, the project uses craft as a catalyst to relocate the value of the material and revive the connections within the making process. At the core lies a more sustainable option to wool that is designed within the biological cycle of the circular economy.
The project aims to address fundamental issues around the sustainability of the fashion industry, by turning to the materials around us and the crafts of local people. As a result, in questioning the environmental and ethical concerns of the use of animal products, the project challenges both the manner in which we consume as well as the manner in which we make.
For more information on this project, please visit my website: nathaliespencer.co.uk/woolrecrafted
Spinning by Sandy Hilly
Weaving in collaboration with Rare Thread
Film by Nathalie Spencer
Illustration by Nathalie Spencer
Photography by James Barnett (images 1 - 5)
Photography by Nathalie Spencer (image 6)
Photography by Tom Mannion (images 7 - 8)