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Zero Waste Pattern making

Inspired by trashed-a documentary film about something that we buy, we burn, and we bury..that are the pile and pile of junks, polluting our earth-this Zero Waste pattern making workshop I attended to, was definitely ‘something’ to me. Since fashion has become the second largest contributor to trash littering, ever since industrial era had replaced man work with machine, then slow fashion emerged into a fast fashion, a pattern making process has been always producing waste. There are 400 billion m2 clothing  produced every year in the world, and 15% of them m2 to be exact are the waste. Let alone 350,54 km2 Surabaya city can be covered entirely  by not only one hell of a vast fabric but 171 times. From m2 fabric waste  we can possibly get 9 t-shirt per year out of it. Therefore, designers as well as  academics as  the ‘green agents’ was pushed their limit through their inventions to solve the problem.

The objective was to use every single part of the material fabric when create a pattern, so that it leaves zero waste.

Me and the ‘mother of fashion in Surabaya’ sooo honored to sit next to her :))

Bu Aryani Widagdo such an inspirational educationist, breathe fashion in her lungs, had done so many research to conduct this workshop and moreover to transfer this life changing knowledge. With giants on her shoulders-great designers such as Julian Roberts,  Zandra Rhodes, Simone Austen, Holly McQuillan, and Timo Rissanen as her benchmarks, she taught how to apply zero waste concept within more than 5 pattern examples that every one of the participants had to experience making it, she even gave  us challenge to redesign a pattern of our nasional dress-Kebaya- embracing the objective of zero waste at the end of the workshop.

Julian Robert was one of the extraordinaire fashion designer introduced the concept of subtraction cutting, on his book that he keened  to share to world he told that he would never stop invent and share what he had done to the audience, in doing so, he managed to reach 20 universities and giving live demonstrations to over 17 countries and this was apparently a green light to bu Aryani Widagdo to accept the stick and passing it on to other audiences in Indonesia, start with Surabaya. Below are some the pages of his book “Free Cutting”

And here are some of the magnificent subtraction cutting pattern bu Aryani shared in the workshop created by Julian Roberts,  Zandra Rhodes, Simone Austen, Holly McQuillan, and Timo Rissanen (copyright by Ariyani Widagdo).

design by Holly McQuillan
design by Timo Rissanen
design by Simone Austen

This workshop has imprinted something on me, and I definitely want to know more about green fashion, since this subject is parallel with Kate Fletcher and Lynda Grose ” Fashion and Sustainability Design for Change” I die to read for. Thank you bu Aryani for sharing this new way of thinking to me..




Urban Garden

I’m so in love with urban gardening..not only putting the plants can boost your mood because they supply you with oxygen, also they furnish your interior so beautifully,  as if you living in a tropical forest.

So I tried to built one for my home, I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest. Me and my hubby planted some tropical plants and did a opened terrarium of cactus. We had learn that flowers were so hard to maintain unless your home bathe in sunlight, they prone to decay. Maiden hair (Suplir), the Piper betle or in Indonesia known as Sirih were pretty easy to maintain. Avoid direct sun light, watering is needed at least once in every two days.

Sirih is best known for medicine. It’s good for coping Asthma, sore throat, even to reduce pain of period cramps.

We even have a vertical garden of variegated lily turfs, they growing savagely inside the dark green plastic containers. Unlike  pots they’re cheaper and maintenance free, however they’re become less appealing and  look messy, just like you throw a bunch of rotten vegetables or garbage to your wall-sometimes I’m seeing it that way..LOL

“it’s gonna be terrific if you add these green agents within your interior design, they’re  literally and visually a therapy for your health ..don’t be hesitated to combine with those artificial ones, there’s nothing wrong with put the real and the faux together.”

faux flowers from IDEKO..bought these in 2011, it has a memory of when idealist met pragmatic (faux flowers is less maintenance).

One step at the time

The earth where we belong is getting old and sick, global warming and ecological footprint become the major problem for a long time. We’ve been struggling to balancing them, and still not much change as it is today. Every decision that we’ve made  has left  ecological trace that soon will destroy our beloved planet. Yet we still have another years to come for our children and grandsons. The traces was the diapers at the infant age, tons of packed milks, or can milks, groceries in plastic wrap on markets, e-waste and goodies with packages we consumed 24/7, seven days a week, a month, a year for the rest of our lives. Further more these traces have reduced spaces on earth and caused area loss for some of us who live in Africa or countries with less ecological footprints. Imagine how many trees been cut down for just one diaper, plastic packages that brought human into the more complex process in the making and recycling them. Additionally, they are all time and space consuming.

so what we do now, I know not everyone is committed to this issue, but since we cannot ever put up against the Government, parties, or capitalists to force them being more responsible about the environment nor we can push the people that unaware to become aware, even worse there are those who prefer to abstain and act like they don’t care. Well then it’s time to change the situation starts from you, yourself.

start with the checklist you can make on your own

Actually there are many many things you can do to save the planet, when you assign the checklist, be committed is the thing that come up first , so choose whatever possible to you to do it. I, myself based on the list above, prefer to take plane at least once in a month-since my hubby in Surabaya and me in Bandung, and when I go around the city I walk or use public transport instead. At home I use to unplug all appliances that not in use. While working on desktop I always delete all junk mails, and put on energy saving wallpaper. I choose email and digitize all writing documents instead. I start to eat more veggies and be less carnivore. Use clothes line than the dryer. Save energy means save more money. All these things sure need to be shouted out loud. For you within your community, make an event about ecology and start to educate people by awareness.

When all the changes for the healthier earth is in our hands, embrace yourself and be strong to commit to save the green planet we live in, in fact everything become a lot easier nowadays since internet provides us with knowledge universe and it’s fast spreading. So what you waiting for..start making it, now!