We recently came across the above video about the making of Coalesce, a recycled fabric art project that was installed during Toronto's Nuit Blanche on October 4th. We love the project that artist Lizz Aston has conceived, using recycled clothing to create a beautiful lace form.
In the video, Aston talks about the life cycle of garments, and how that plays into her project. She says "there's so many things you don't think of when you buy a garment. When things reach that end of their life cycle, it's just sort of a discarded object, but it still has a potential future. Just looking at the work right now, thinking about the people that have worn these clothes and where they've been and what kind of lifecycle they've had, I think that's a really interesting aspect of the project".
Nuit Blanche's website describes Coalesce as a "site-specific installation that explores themes of sustainability and the global exchange that is embedded within the garments we wear and the textiles we consume. Looking at lace as a metaphor for interconnectivity, this large-scale installation will transform recycled materials sourced from H&M’s Garment Collecting initiative and turn them into a monumental cascade of lace". We only wish we could have seen the installation in person.