Salvaged Style- Designer review- Melissa Lockwood
The ideology of IQTEST garments..
In looking at the potentials beyond the original purpose, IQ Test sees lots of resources exist, not wastes.
The fabric IQTEST uses is what the mass producing designers throw away. Building a collection around this raw material is not “easy” and labor intensive!
Large scale fabric cutting factories send tons of fabric to landfills each day. Much of the fabric could be recycled into rags, yarn or new fabric. Instead the fabric is thrown away adding toxic dyes to the environment. Additionally the process of creating the fabric in the first place uses energy and causes pollution The IQTEST garments are made through the up cycling! Through their intervention, salvaged fabric is kept out of the landfills. If large pieces are salvaged these are cut into garments. Smaller remnant and scraps are made into a garment its shape facilitates.
IQTEST also works to inform the public about the waste and encourage reform. There are few or no laws governing the creation and disposal of textiles waste. IQTEST works to create environmentally friendly one of a kind wearable art
Featured bright leggings – This line is made with bright Lycras, each Piece has the same style, but all are made with different fabric colors and patterns.
“IQTEST is about EQUALITY and this is expressed through the idea of non discriminatory selection. IQTEST doesn’t choose the fabric it gets what is available… IQTEST then, challenges the wearer/buyer to take a chance and receive a garment with a surprise color and pattern. The items are always unique just like each wearer.”Thank you, Melissa http://www.iqtest-nyc.com
About the Melissa Lockwood
Melissa believe in zero waste production… and that factories with a small initial effort , can maximize their waste and can keep fabrics out of landfills! To prove her point she started “Dumpster Diving” and collecting fabrics, she has since moved on to organized collection from factories! And hopes to start a non-profit in that light!
A Multimedia artist, Melissa also has developed a Performance price that is available for presentation at Galleries and Boutiques! Via her IQTest label she shares and designs in the open proving that a lot c an be created with these fabrics!.She founded IQTEST Marrying her passion for the earth and her background in the fashion Industry! See our review of her line after the jump!
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Above The Artist Slide show of her work!
De Fragmenting style
Fashion, Multidisciplinary Artist
Green, Eco-sustainable- Wearable art, one of a Kind, hand crafted,
Williamsburg Chic- Minimalist, meets storyteller, At first glance the lines are deceptively minimalistic but Melissa does a lot of soft tailoring within the confines of her Mandate… zero waste!
The Fine points
Melisa creates a canvas from the fabrics, and her color story is “non- discriminatory which in itself is contrary to current industry practice. Work with what you get… and still keep it Harmonious… her collection is in harmony with the environment, wearer and the pieces meld in to the landscape that is urban-life! She offers Jackets, Dresses, leggings, capes, tops, skirts.
softly deconstructed tailoring, lean..
Whatever is delivered!
Over-locked, or” naked” edged, Hand painting or handmade stencils, salvaged trim
Zero waste production, Slow design, had applique, hand painting, soft draping, hand stencils
Melissa’s work is hand crafted, Recycling and up-cycling is labor intensive , but she also adds Hand drawn imagery and messages into her pieces Extremely reasonable labor intensive!
Exhibitions, Installations, Limited editions to Boutiques, Direct to consumer available here
Special Offer Test her style! Get Melissa’s Legging a Non Discriminatory offer regular $60 for $35 till August 14th courtesy Brooklyn Fashion Week and www.282AC,com
- Stock-list- Artist Collective available here
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- See & Sign The Guest Book
By the end of my review on Melissa Lockwood, a sustainable clothing designer in Brooklyn I had gained a new respect for her talent, and come to the conclusion that
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