When I mined the 97 t-shirts (discarded in Washtenaw County) for their lexicon, I simultaneously distressed fabric (already distressed, on various scales, from multinational handling, processes of manufacture, sales, purchase, systems of ownership & identity, systems of overcoming usefulness & value, systems of disposal, exposure to detergents some of which also further distress parts of environments so that related parts can achieve a temporary clean state), with scissors that needed to be sharpened, so the mining wasn't as smooth as it could have been, but I persisted, intimately hacking, shirt in one hand, scissors in the other, the handle around two fingers (the articulated thumb and another) like oversized rings, leaving behind evidence of modification of mostly cotton landscapes: frayed tendrils, and holes with jagged boundaries (like halves of broken hearts) that became more pronounced in the top-loading energy-inefficient (18 years old) washer during encounters with the agitator and spin: the birth of t-shirt skeletons—
—the removal of words only on one surface of the front or one surface of the back of the t-shirt—the top surface—only through desecration of both (top & bottom) surfaces: removal of a mountain top of lexicon to fuel my project.
in a forum at word reference,
Enter the world you're already part of via a shared journey with six young fashion-conscious Brits who not only journey to some of the countries and communities of clothing manufacture, but who also participate in the manufacture, the community, the joys, the challenges, the complex lives of workers by being workers having to provide for themselves off the regular salaries, living as part of the communities, learning that even notions of exploitation are more complex than they'd realized. We are so connected that jobs begun as outsourcing of jobs in one place become essential to lives in other (at least initially) less prosperous locations, those low wages, pittances to some, are making a difference in impoverished lives elsewhere —those jobs are as needed there as here:
Things You'll Need:
1 small board
Distressing = making the outfit look old
What you need to do for the worn not-so-new look...
The Lord of the Rings movie costumes have a wonderful texture and feel to them. All the clothing looks like the characters lived in it., and some, like they died in it.