Art Meets Earth: Lunaversoul on the cover of 425 Magazine
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
SEVEN DESIGNERS. ONE CHALLENGE.
(Create high-fashion garments from recycled materials.)
Seven local designers up-cycled materials to create artistic designs that push back against the ethos of the fast fashion industry.
Lunaversoul on the cover of 425 Magazine Spring 2020 Fashion Issue: Art Meets Earth
“Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution, so that made me think about how we could find better ways to recycle things we no longer use. I incorporated recycled items rescued from the trash before they were disposed of, as well as locally sourced recycled art supplies and materials, unusual found objects, some fabric, and various items from my personal stash of supplies. Up-close you just see the garbage, but when viewed from a distance, the various colors and shapes you see start to look like a work of art.” — Camisha Jackson, Lunaversoul Jewelry
Art Meets Earth. HerWin Recycled Wearable Art by Lunaversoul
I was so excited when I was asked by 425 Magazine to participate in this project challenge. I was 1 of 7 local designers chosen for this challenge & we were each given a $50 budget to create fashion using recycled materials.
In this project I used recycled items rescued from the trash, locally sourced recycled art supplies & materials, unusual found objects & various items from my personal stash.
I decided to make a wearable art jacket/jewelry piece & I chose to name this piece is HerWin, which literally means "recycle".
I am currently in the process of remodeling my home which required making lot of trips to our local landfill. Once I got there I took reference photos. I noticed when viewed from a far distance the colors & shapes begin to look almost like art work & that’s how I came up with the design of the bead work for my piece.
Being there also encouraged me to do more than the standard recycling & to think of better ways to dispose of things we no longer use.
After my trip to the landfill I went to a few creative reuse centers that work with Puget Sound businesses & manufacturers that help to divert tons of material each month from area landfills to get supplies.
My second source of inspiration came from memories of when I was a kid.
I used to watch my mom create the most amazing costumes out of up-cycled materials using anything she could find around the house.
Since she didn’t know how to use a sewing machine, she would spend hours sewing the entire piece by hand.
No sketches or patterns, just working from an idea in her head.
Later on she would enter her costumes in contests & she would win.
That’s how amazing they were.
The last costume my mom created was a lion so I decided incorporate a variety of lion themed items I found into this piece to pay homage to her.
In my creation process for this project I decided to create jewelry & costumes in the same manner as her. No sketches or patterns, just working from an idea in my head
& it was going to be sewn by hand. It was definitely a huge challenge for me being I have never made anything like this before. I had no idea how to even make a garment like this. Plus I was recovering from major surgery at the time. But like my mom I worked through it, even struggled at times. But in the end I was able to produce a wearable art piece that I am extremely proud of.
This was such an amazing project to be part of & I am so very proud to have been a part of it. Here are some photos in the gallery below that I took through out the creation process.
Recycled fabric scraps
Milk bottle caps
Car interior leather swatches
Fashion leather scraps
Semi precious stones
Vintage art glass buttons
Broken toy parts
Broken jewelry parts
Metal cord cover from Boeing
And other found Items