October 8th, 2008
The glib answer is disappearing dresses. But much more happened in Belfast over the past couple of days. Wonderland-Belfast opened yesterday at the Ormeau Gallery. This is an extraordinary exhibition resulting from a partnership of talents from the world of fashion and science. The dresses are made from dissolving textiles and as they are lowered into water they disappear. The exhibition questions the environmental sustainability of our current fashion industry and what happens to used clothing. Dissolving bottles, are a further idea put into practice as an exploration of intelligent packaging. Once finished with, the bottles dissolve under hot water to form a gel in which seeds can be grown. The concept could revolutionise the packaging industry and aims to highlight issues surrounding waste plastic.
Today the group were joined by Sarah Brown from UCL and David Grimshaw from Practical Action. The diverse group brainstormed a range of ideas around the theme of “Water Futures”. Watch this space!