The latest zero waste collection of basics by DECODE that embodies the theory of the 15%. What is the 15% necessary to make a zero waste garment that looks and functions like a standard garment? All woven pieces were cut from the same piece of gradient fabric, going back to the idea of “randomizing choices” and interchangeability. All pieces are meant to be genderless, worn per users intent.
Continually working towards creating an environment for sharing and learning zero waste practices. This workshop in early 2019 allowed Elsener to share her newly developed technique on how to create zero waste shorts, focusing on the metrics of how to compose the pattern based on fabric width, length, design preferences, and fit.
An investigation into interaction and play within zero waste pattern making
ELSENER ZW PUZZLE
THE PRINTABLE JACKET
How can I make my zero waste patterns accessible to everyone and easily used? The printable jacket analyses the key information necessary in my jacket pattern and translates it into a downloadable 10 piece file. These pieces are meant to be printed and arranged in a puzzle format, further pushing the idea of play in zero waste design.
If you would like to try out this pattern, contact email@example.com to receive the downloadable file.
Putting together the printable jacket
Here I ask one of my classmates to put together the puzzle of the zero waste jacket
Working with the idea of transparency led to this play around the idea of literal transparency. Communicating zero waste design can be extremely complicated and this method of layout could more impact-fully show how garments are laid out and meant to be sewn.
ZERO WASTE PATTERN
Stemming from the idea of creating “Future Systems,” this selection focuses on reinterpreting how we interact with and wear zero waste patterns.
AVANTEX PARIS, a fashion + High-Tech international Fair located in Paris, hosted a Zero Waste Fashion Design exhibition from the 11th to the 14th of February 2019. Curated by Mylène L'Orguilloux of MILAN AV-JC, the ZWFD exhibition showed work from zero waste designers across the world, DECODE included.
A collection born in and made in Portland, OR. Focusing on timeless classics and a hybrid between menswear and womenswear, this collection highlights minimal details and iconic fabrics.
This collection was born in the south of France. All of the materials and trims were sourced in Provence; 1800s linens from the markets at Carpentras and l'Isle Sur la Sorgue combined with new materials from Mr.Bricolage in Apt. . There is a surplus of aged linens in these markets because newer generations do not want the traditional trousseaus that have been passed down from generation to generation. There is a demand for modern minimalism that pushes this history into the background. Déchet aims to take this history and repurpose it into timeless garments that new generations will keep forever. Created with zero waste pattern making, every inch of this priceless fabric was used in the creation of these garments.
Limitless was a show put on by Nike for the public eye, showing the world the best of Nike’s sustainability efforts. A selection of my zero waste work for the company was chosen to be part of the collection.
My thesis collection, presented at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013. Awarded best Menswear in Show. All zero waste patterns inspired by the proportion of the golden ratio.