Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse


Author Susan Brown, Matilda McQuaid
Publisher Cooper Hewitt Publications
Date 2016
Country United States
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 116 pages
Each copy of the book is bound in its own unique discarded Indian woodblock-printed textile with foil stamping.

The catalog accompanies Cooper Hewitt’s 2016 exhibition, Scraps: Fashion, Textile, and Creative Reuse features three designers’ (Christina Kim, Reiko Sudo, and Luisa Cevese) alternative approaches to the shockingly high human and environmental costs of textile industry waste. There are millions of tons of solid waste generating each year in the textile and fashion industries, from yarn production, weaving, knitting, dyeing and finishing, to apparel construction.

The delicate beauty of the fabrics featured here ensures a seductive visual experience, framing the exploration of sustainable design practices: using materials and resources efficiently, providing meaningful labor, sustaining local craft traditions and exploring new technologies as integral to the recycling process.