Kate Fitzgerald is a senior art and education student at Xavier University. While she has always had a passion for creating, it was at Xavier University that she discovered an interest in fibers, sculptural, and environmentally friendly art.
Her work today combines the three to create sustainable, wearable art.
“There is something special about bringing new life to old objects, and it is even cooler when you get to wear it everyday”, says Kate.
Our earth is changing, but not for the better. Every day humans continue to pollute, abuse, and overuse our planet’s resources. We risk damaging our future and livelihood by contributing to deforestation, climate change, and the depletion of the resources we so desperately need to live. Now is the time to start protecting the endangered parts of the earth that are threatened by human activity so that we can be assured of a promising future.
I present a collection of sustainable outfits that represents the parts of Mother Earth that need to be protected. Inspired by nature herself, each outfit corresponds to a specific environmental topic. With the environment in mind, every aspect of these outfits was created using sustainable methods and/or by using recycled, reused and scrap materials.
I encourage you to look at each outfit and think about the parts of Mother Earth that you care about and imagine what you can do to keep them around before it is too late. I’m with Her and you should be too.
Submission 1/Air Outfit– This outfit focuses on the beauty and importance of fresh, clean air, something that not every person has the privilege of having and breathing in. Everyday humans contribute to polluting earth’s air just in their everyday routines and activities. It is important for us to become aware of this pollution and change our ways before it is too late. For this outfit, I created a clean and healthy air inspired look; a corset top, designed and sewn using recycled scraps, flowy, mesh jeans sewn using thrifted jeans and scrap materials, a vibrant cloud jacket, hand-painted onto thrifted denim, vibrant square sneakers, hand-painted onto sustainable, recycled Converse, a clutch purse, sewn using a repurposed dining placemat, and a colorful mask and bandana, dyed and sewn using recycled scraps.
Submission 2/Antarctic Outfit– This outfit focuses on raising awareness on how climate change is negatively affecting the Antarctic. This includes both endangered resources and species such as the Antarctic glaciers and the penguins. The Antarctic needs our help before it is too late. For this outfit, I created a glacier inspired look; a one shoulder top, designed and sewn using scrap materials, glacier patch jeans, sewn using recycled scraps and thrifted jeans, a woven poncho, woven using sustainable, recycled yarn, blue color- blocked sneakers, hand-painted onto sustainable, recycled Reebok’s, and a mask, dyed and sewn using scrap materials.
Submission 3/Coral Reef Outfit– This outfit focuses on the ocean’s coral reefs and how humans can help protect and restore them before they go extinct forever. For this outfit, I created a colorful coral reef inspired outfit- a coral colored synch top, crocheted using sustainable recycled yarn, a colorful wrap skirt, dyed and sewn using repurposed scrap materials, a patch denim jacket, designed and sewn using thrifted and scrap denim, coral reef sneakers, hand-painted onto sustainable, recycled Toms shoes, and a mask, dyed and sewn using scrap materials.