William Hsu

Project TEXILE

Class of: 2025

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Clothing reconstruction

Faculty: Beau Rhee

Prompt: For our final project, we were asked to brainstorm, prototype, develop and create an Independent final project of our own design. This project is supposed to reflect on what we've learnt so far in our Sustainable Systems class.

Inspired by the GroundCycle system by Vivian Lin, and repair cafes, I decided to create a thrift system in Taiwan, where thrift stores and second-hand clothing are stigmatized. The purpose of project TEXILE is to take the clothes that are going to end up in the trash, back to the closet in order to reduce fabric waste. To do so, a group of designers will come together like a repair cafe and redesign clothes so that they are “cuter” and more seasonal so that people would wear them for a longer time. By altering old, oversized garments and reforming plain designs, we could minimize the amount of clothes being thrown out, and normalize wearing thrifted outfits.