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Wendy Ward is a practising designer-maker working with recycled textiles under the name ReMake. She has a first class honours degree in fashion design (Manchester Metropolitan University) and spent 5 years working as a designer in the fashion industry before completing an MA in Design at the University of Brighton. Wendy is based in Brighton, UK and also teaches fashion and textiles.
Old textiles fascinate me, not just beautiful antique textiles, but everyday discarded clothing and textiles with imperfections. I find it very satisfying to turn something considered waste into something beautiful. I hope my work makes people think about today's throwaway attitude towards clothing and provides a thoughtful comment on the devaluation of textiles through the over-production of cheap clothing.
My work is influenced by functional textile recycling such as patchwork and Japanese sashiko. The practical need to recycle textiles that drove these traditional techniques is no longer a motivating factor in western societies; however, as the typical life cycle of an item of clothing gets shorter there is a growing mountain of waste textiles that needs to be disposed of.
I see my work as a modern form of functional textile recycling and I enjoy treating the textiles in surprising ways such as laser cutting and combining them with unexpected materials like laminates, resin and rubber.
The end results have potentially diverse applications ranging from interior textiles to more unusual applications for textiles, such as outdoor structures, architecture, furniture and lighting.
If you would like to get in touch about possible commissions or collaborations please email me on
You can see more images of my work at http://www.flickr.com/photos/remake
This work will soon have its own website at http://www.remake.org.uk.