Knit together by a dream!

Photographer: Melody Young

Hair Make up: Miko Wu
Stylist: Kenneth Coleman
Photographer: Melody Young

Surrounded by excitement and nerves, the crispness of the air wrapped around me like a hand knit shawl. I was standing backstage at Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver as a dresser. While the combination of the beautiful clothes, and the make up/ hair combo mixed in with the beat of the music, kept in time with the beat of my heart. I felt inspired as I watched the garments that
were created out of deconstructed pieces, promoting zero waste walk down the runway. 1, 2,3, breathing in the dream, I wondered if the dream would ever be in reach, I was almost afraid to
exhale, for I felt so alive.

Photographer: Garrett Peck

Photographer: Garrett Peck
Makeup / Hair: Jasamine Lee
Model: Kenna
Creative Director: Hikaru

While the average north american throws away 68 pounds of clothing and textiles a year. Sally Omeme deconstructs garments, different textiles, and takes scraps of materials using them to create her designs promoting waste reduction.

The Upcycling process can be time consuming, because once the materials are cut into stripes, then they have to be sewn to form one continuous strand creating something that is knittable. Once this is complete, then the actual knitting process can start. Knitting a garment creates the bones to the piece. Once you have the bones of a piece, then the other other process can begin with sewing in linings, and adding in beadwork, studs, and chain.

Photographer: Peter Jensen

Model: Tyg
Photographer: Peter Jensen
Hair Make up: La Biosthetique Canada

Working with denim one season we designed denim and t-shirt dresses. Creating a whole new way to wear the jeans and t-shirt look. To create denim fabric, it takes 1,500 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of jeans. Plus the large quantities of pesticides and chemicals used is very harmful to the environment. And the indigo dye factories have been know the turn the waters of canals indigo. This is why upcycling denim is important, to give it more then one life.

As a knitwear designer our fashions promote sustainability because we take what is no longer being used, and reknit, creating a whole new masterpiece. Besides just using denim, we have
used curtain material, sheets, scraps of leather, suede, a hunting tarp, t- shirts and other yarns. We were once asked to knit a scarf from the favourite shirts of the Dad of one of my customers who had just passed away.

Alfonso Arnold

Photographer: Alfonso Arnold
Hair/ Makeup: La Bio
Model: Patricia

As a designer, I take the scraps of materials, reknit and create pieces of art, but I believe that it is God who can take the messed up, ugly, broken pieces of our lives, and create some beautiful. It was my Mom who taught me the basics of knitting, in, around, under, off ( how to knit a stitch), and it was through that beat where I found a rhythm in my heart, just like when hear a musician singing, and the passion breaks flowing through, you can hear it. It is like that with me, when the passion breaks forth, it is makes me feel so ALIVE. I have been known to use my knitting needles as drum sticks.

Alfonso Arnold

Model: Melania
Photographer: Alfonso Arnold
Hair Make up: La Biosthetique

I was inspired backstage of Eco Fashion Week. It helped me to find my tune – To create clothing by upcycling. The dream was always there, but it was backstage of a fashion where I decided I wanted to create Eco Knitwear.!

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As a designer, I take the scraps of materials, reknit and create pieces of art, but I believe that it is God who can take the messed up, ugly, broken pieces of our lives, and create some beautiful. It was my Mom who taught me the basics of knitting, in, around, under, off ( how to knit a stitch), and it was through that beat where I found a rhythm in my heart, just like when you hear a musician singing, and the passion breaks through, you can hear it. It is like that with me, when the passion breaks forth, it is makes me feel so ALIVE. I have been known to use my knitting needles as drum sticks.

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