Earth Day is celebrated annually on 22nd April since 1970 as an environmental movement that has witnessed participation from people all over the world. Climate Change is a real global phenomenon that has impacted our environment and is being experienced by everyone. Earth Day was started to raise awareness and find ways to combat the aftermath of human greed and overconsumption of resources.
This Earth Day let us take a look at some throwback events/images of work undertaken by our students during various events and collaborations on behalf of the institute. JD Institute of Fashion Technology has been encouraging and instilling in students the need to be more mindful and aware of the usage of resources since its inception.
Pralaya and Nimius Plastico
The students of JD Institute of Fashion Technology were a part of the 5th edition of the Whitefield Art Collective in 2020 wherein they created two installations Pralaya and Nimius Plastico. The work denoted man-made created wastage that posed blatant disregard for the environment and its aftermath. The intent of the work was to encouraged a dialogue that questioned the consumerist ideology alongwith being conscious of the choices we make.
A 5-days workshop was conducted with Swiss artist and designer Ms. Mariel Manuel for Bengaluru by Design 2019. The installations created as part of a workshop revolved around fashioning something out of waste. The materials used to create the textural sculptures included mosquito net, fish nets, onion nets, wheat bags, cement bags, fabric scraps, cotton, nuts and bolts, wooden planks, tyres, etc. Imagination is truly the key while trying to create something. The end result were 6 textile sculptures with different kinds of silhouettes, parka, net dress, fabric scraps sewn together to create a dress and bag, accessories, appliqué work, embroidery, creating bags etc.
Cordelia – Student Work for JD ADA 2019
Prachi Jain, alumni from the Department of Fashion Design in her collection – Cordelia presented during JD ADA 2019 highlighted the plight of rivers that have been abused due to the discharge of litter by humans and industries alike. The designer sought inspiration from the river Hooghly which links Howrah and Kolkata, once considered the nectar of India for her collection. The water of the river Hooghly is poisoned due to various human activities, dumping of various harmful industrial and plastic wastes. The designer through her collection advocated the need for upcycling of plastic waste and replicated sequins from the plastic waste in her collection.
On Earth Day keeping the theme for this year in mind – Restore our Earth by ensuring sustainable practices that will not only help us but also help in the healing of our planet. May this help the present and future generations lead a life where they are respectful of their surroundings. Let us start from NOW, by making small changes in our every day life so that its benefits can be reaped in the long run.
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