In recent years, there has been an increasing number of scientists who recognize synthetic fiber as a significant source of pollution on a global scale, endangering our ecosystem through its circulation. During the laundry process, an extensive amount of microfiber would be washed off from the clothing, which is largely constitutive of synthetic fiber. Once the microfiber gets into the sewer, it would likely to be carried by the flow into the ocean, causing a great threat to our marine ecosystem. Therefore, a re-examination of the synthetic fiber is much needed at the moment: it not only directs our attention to the disadvantages of synthetic fiber, but also urges us to experiment with new ways of fabric-manufacture. In this vein, I started the Loathing Studios, a fashion clothing line using only synthetic materials. This tank top is 100% handmade aiming to raise people’s awareness in such microplastic pollution from fashion production, as well as to question the defectiveness of nowadays fabric industry and our current waste disposal system.
For the final product, I chose a green fabric (70% Spandex 30% Nylon) as the bodice material, a creamy white thread (50% Polyester and 50% Rayon) as straps, a shiny Tully netting (100% Nylon) as top cover of the front side of the bodice, and two types of metallic yarns (100% Polyester) for embroidery. Under the embroidery, I also combined microplastic extracts collected from using the Guppyfriend washing bag. Inspired by Shelly Simcha’s dryer lints project and house construction using recycled plastic bottles, I wonder if there are ways to break the stereotype of us being “stuck between the artificial and natural” as we reexamine our current textile production.
The name “Loathing Studios” represents my stand towards the current “illiteracy” of such micro-plastic pollution which is unbearable to me. The packaging design of the tank top also caters to the “invaluableness” concept of Loathing Studios as we are still blinded by our daily activities. Inside the box, there is a little “product carebook” with illustrations and a pack of supplement material of microplastic extracts. The top itself itself is very welcoming for people to touch and read.