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Rowena, Juliana & Angela Foong x UoN

Six Seasons

Our Six Seasons look is grounded in the desire to create environmentally sustainable garments that inclusively fit a range of body shapes, are gender neutral, and flexibly adapt to changing climate conditions.

Six Seasons is a sustainable fashion initiative, collaboratively developed by Newcastle fashion design team High Tea with Mrs Woo and researchers from the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) at The University of Newcastle (UoN). Zero waste pattern designs have been created for all included garments. Pattern components in the zero-waste layout are digitally printed as required, allowing for customisation, reduced water waste and lowered environmental impact.

Minimal waste from edge or thread cutting is included in the garment design, to pad or reinforce structural elements, or reworked into seeded paper (which can be planted), used in swing tags. Design and sizing have been considered inclusively, for gender neutrality and to adapt to different body shapes and sizes. The garments have been created from natural fabrics and are designed to be layered, making them adaptable to the changing climate.

Hand-painted marks are digitised to create the fabric designs, which are digitally printed onto the fabric.

The top, pants, jacket and neck snake are made from ethically sourced organic cotton, linen and hemp, ensuring sustainable production processes. Buttons and elastic components are easily removed for recycling.

The Six Seasons project proposes that the future of fashion is customisable, with intention and value designed into every garment. This can completely change the way we choose, wear and care for our clothing. We envisage a new generation of design and production, where the user is involved and invested in creating exactly the garments they need and want – one at a time.

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Rowena, Juliana & Angela Foong x UoN

We have specifically considered the Australian environment and how clothing could be better designed to suit its seasonal shifts.

Our loose, layered garments in natural fabrics allow the body to breathe and provide the wearer with options to create different looks, and to respond comfortably to changing conditions.

We have sought to reduce fabric waste through meticulously planned zero waste garment designs, sustainably printed on natural fabrics. The direct digital printing of individual garment components within the zero-waste layout, avoids the fabric offcuts that result from pattern matching or conforming to the fabric ‘grain’ during cutting, and allows for creative customisation.

Digital printing also requires minimal water usage and removes the necessity of repeated dye rinsing, making this process a much more environmentally sustainable choice. Our fabric designs have evolved from hand-painted responses to the natural landscape and incorporate a colour palette derived from seasonal Australian native plants and environmental observations.

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional seasonal divides outlined by Indigenous Australians and how these provide a map to changing weather conditions and the related cycles of plant life.

The organic cotton, linen and hemp fabrics used in our designs have been ethically sourced to ensure environmentally sustainable processes have been utilised in production. For biodegradability, we have also used compostable thread in constructing the garments. The minimal fabric or thread waste from edge trimming has been incorporated into the garment structures, or has been recycled into the paper used for our swing tags.

This paper has been embedded with native seed varieties, that reflect the six seasons, and is designed to be planted to generate new growth.

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