Sustainable Fashion & Upcycled Design for Empowerment
"Hey, I'm TRASH! - an upcycled collection of pre-loved wearable artworks and multipurpose accessories made out of materials that were once considered trash.
Wanna know my origin story?
Read on to learn all the details."
Fueling Creative Empowerment with "Trash"
Fueling Creative Empowerment
TRASH! is a sustainable fashion and upcycled design collection of 23 pre-loved T-shirts and upcycled accessories for empowerment that I created for Dutch Design Week 2023.
From "Trash" to Treasure through Creative Play
The collection includes wearable artworks and accessories crafted from materials once deemed as worthless by their previous owners.
The collection is a result of open-ended creative play with old textiles, scissors, safety pins, beads, permanent markers, and cheap textile paint.
Each piece is a timeless reflection of my inner state and creative skills at the moment of creation.
TRASH! Origin Story
I used an old T-shirt as a canvas during an episode of anxiety as a way to ground myself in the present moment and channel my energy into something soothing.
This intuitive creative urge empowered me to turn myself into a walking billboard for my art and story, gave birth to what I call wearable art for empowerment, and enabled me to create the TRASH! collection.
The collection aims to inspire people to embrace upcycling and adopt creativity as a tool for self-exploration, self-expression, and self-care.
Upcycled TRASH! Textile & Snakeskin Ropelets
Upcycled TRASH! Textile &
Upcycled TRASH! Distressed T-Shirts
Go down the TRASH! Rabbit Hole...
Buying pre-loved items and repurposing old materials extends their life and supports the environment.
Making pre-loved wearable art is an empowering creative practice with a therapeutic flavor and transformative outcome, which you can adopt as an easy "Me Time" activity.
I created the collection by following the principles:
The TRASH! collection is supported by international donors and Emmaus Eindhoven - a community that empowers people to rebuild their lives and gives old items a way to find a new purpose.
What People Say about the Creative Process