‘Crafted Tactility’ explores sustainability through value, it looks at the incredibly intimate and personal relationship that people share with their clothes. Beginning the research in her own wardrobe, Minnie investigated the ritualistic process of dressing. Choosing to focus on garments that previously belonged to her mother or were handmade, she captured the movement and shapes created in the liminality between dressing and undressing.
Through this personal lens, she explores the ideas of process and use, giving an emotional and ethereal tone to her work. Her initial exploration into paper making guided the development of her fabrics. A focus was put on using undyed, natural yarns in different fibres to fully explore the textures found in her research.
Traditional garment construction techniques were also central to the research and development process of this project, drawing on a variety of stimuli ranging from the voluminous puff ball skirts of the 80s, to exploring modern pattern manipulation. As a result, Minnie was able to see how these illustrations and instructions emulated knitted techniques and subsequently interpret them in stitch.
Working in this way allowed her knitting to have an organic irregularity, which became central to the project. Favouring stitches and techniques that distort the shape of the sample, she focused on subtle texture changes, using contrasting yarns to communicate the mood of the project. The colour is introduced by overdying, using natural avocado dye to create a monochromatic pink palette as each yarn fibre takes the dye differently.
Simple in stitch, the detail and focus of the fabrics comes from the use of hand finishing such as darning and visible joining. Sustainability is the epitome of this project. Conceptually, it challenges the idea of newness by demonstrating how hand processes used in the creation and repair of textiles, contribute significant value to the fabrics in question.
Minnie’s collection is made up of fabrics that highlight imperfection, irregularity, and repair. Through championing slow crafts in this way, she aims to highlight the importance of valuing the garments that we choose to buy. In doing so, she is upsetting the very foundations on which mass-produced fast fashion is built.