TOAST Renewal Collaboration

TOAST has long viewed their garments as a resource to recycle rather than waste.

As part of their ongoing partnership with Crafts Council UK, TOAST asked eight experienced textile artists from across the world to renew a few pieces from their archive collection. Using remnant fabric and faulty garments from production, each piece has been repaired, renewed and transformed using a variety of textile techniques.

In keeping with my unique style and artistic approach, I renewed a pair of dungarees, a coat and a shirt with intricate attention to detail. I combined a range of appliqué, quilting and hand sewn techniques as well as using naturally dyed fabrics.

The finished pieces will be auctioned online from 14 - 21 May, with all proceeds being donated to Crafts Council UK. You can learn more at www.toa.st/auction

Materials
Naturally dyed bridal silk offcuts, organic cotton-linen, and wool.


Date of Production
March 2021



       

Appliqué Cotton Parka. Size 10. Italian-woven, midweight, water resistant cotton blend. Paths of stitching throughout and canvas patchworking by Isabel Fletcher. Taking inspiration from the overlooked details of the everyday, Isabel’s textile works often expose raw edges and visible stitches. Using offcuts and discarded fabrics as her starting point, she allows the unique shape, colour and texture of the fabric to inform her compositions. The parka has an easy, roomy cut, for layering underneath or as you will. Button tab to fasten at front neck, and button down with four corozo buttons. Flapped pockets, drawstring at inner waist and a large hood. Full length sleeves.


         

Appliqué Denim Dungarees. Size 10. Mediumweight, indigo-dyed, organic cotton with colourful applique patches throughout. The dungarees have easy, straight legs with four pockets in the trouser. They have a central bib pocket, adjustable straps and three buttons to fasten at the right side.


   

Appliqué Dogtooth Shirt. Size 8. Soft, midweight cotton with appliquéd blocks around the placket by Isabel Fletcher. The shirt has a long, pull on cut, and is collarless with a row of buttons below. Full length sleeves with buttoned cuffs. Curved hem dropped lower at back.
Mark
Studio Isabel Fletcher 2019