Every year the US generates an average of 25 billion pounds of textiles, which averages out to 82 pounds per US resident. Mass produced, cheap garments, are part of the fast fashion epidemic. These textiles and garments follow short lived trends, they are low-quality and fall apart quickly, which encourages the owner to view garments as disposable. I am an environmental activist, a maker, natural dyer, and a quilter who works through the medium of fashion. In reaction to the environmental epidemic of the textile industry, I design wearable art that is sustainable, unisex, accessible, and timeless. My work presents a conversation considering the fashion industry and its contribution to an ever-growing environmental crisis, while blurring the lines between art and fashion
The functionality and utilitarian nature of my garments helps emphasize the importance of longevity, quality, and craft within the sustainability movement. I utilize reversibility within my designs to increase the long term wearability and styling options. By sourcing textiles from local thrift stores and then piecing them together, my work is a marriage of traditional and modern quilting. Each recycled garment is full of stories, once I piece the textiles together a new story is formed. Simple silhouettes are made more interesting through the merging of fabrics, giving the wearer a piece of art that can live on the body.
Through acts of mending, sharing information with the community by leading workshops, and displaying unique examples of recycling, and reversibility within garment design , I intend to persuade my audience to make small lifestyle changes. These lifestyle changes will combat the negative effects that fashion and art have on the environment.
Nina Littrell is a Kansas City based artist who is interested in merging art and fashion. She is an environmental activist, maker, natural dyer, and a quilter who works through the medium of fashion. Her work explores garments, both on and off the body. In 2018 she presented a collection at the West 18th Street Fashion Show in KC MO. The runway inspired her to explore the boundaries between art and fashion in regards to display. She is currently working on sculptures and installations to display her work on in addition to expanding the reversibility and functionality of the garments.