We set our clever first years a challenge to test their technical skills, focussing on working with jersey fabrics. The task was to create a jumper from socks. The exercise drew inspiration from a Martin Margiela project from the early 1990s which reflects his signature deconstruction approach to design but also references the wartime ‘make do and mend’ ethos, encouraging the development of innovative methods to create clothes with little access to materials.
Working in pairs the students sourced two pairs of socks to work with , considereing the combination of colour and pattern and how they they would work together. They then set about making the jumper from a set of instructioons , fathoming out the best construction methods, with a time frame of around two hours.