Finsbury Fabric District
Finsbury’s Fabric District combats the environmental impact of textiles throughout their life-cycle through the act of bringing together the diverse local community.
Different ages and cultures bring a variety of skills and textiles to the common. By recycling, designing, making and sharing together, they create a space and style that truly reflects the community.
Finsbury Park Reservoir, London
BSc Year 3
Tutor: Andrea Bugli, AL_A
Global Recycling Network
The polished side of the textile industry is all consumers see. Thousands of new products are ordered cheaply online to arrive the next day and equally as many are disposed of into clothing bins on the street the following week.
The underside of the industry is darker; unethical labour, unsustainable land use, water pollution and air pollution. We as a society are disconnected from our waste and need to take responsibility within our own communities.
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The common creates an accessible, constructive social space that connects the community through the process of designing, making, recycling, maintaining and wearing clothing; involving them in every point in the process. Donated textiles from the community reflect the different demographics which, when used to make new clothes, creates a style designed, made and worn by the community that reflects the community.
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