‘We take surplus yarn from the fashion industry and put it into our uniquely designed knit system. What comes out are individually made pieces that embrace randomness with infinite possibilities.’
With over a decade of knitwear design experience leading the world’s premier fashion houses, Siri Johansen commonly observes factories with scores of boxes full of leftover yarns from previous production. Each box holding different colours and material composition. These ‘remnants’ are either too limited for a new production run, the colours are not befit for the new season or the process for re-use is human labour intensive, and therefore, deemed economical.
So, they sit and accumulate, waiting eventual land-fill or incineration.
What if, with limited interference, this material were reimagined?
Woken up again by a playful and pragmatic system into a new world with a new story. No longer forgotten, no longer waste.
Siri partnered with Sebastian Maes, an adventurous knitwear producer she had worked with for many years, and together they got to work!
The shape of each Waste Yarn Project garment is thoughtfully designed but each garment has a different combination of yarn and colours, always determined by the supply of surplus yarns. Each finished garment is therefore a unique design and numbered to reflect that.