Earth Day Illustration: How the Fashion Industry Needs to Return to Natural Handmade Textiles to Save the Environment

Earth Day Illustration: How the Fashion Industry Needs to Return to Natural Handmade Textiles to Save the Environment | By Yaansoon Illustration

I remember when I was a kid, my clothes were all made from natural materials; real wool, real cotton, real linen. Even my Barbie had muted, non-flashy clothes that were mostly made of cotton. And then something happened and artificial fabrics – like rayon and nylon – took over the earth! I created this illustration to honor and remember earth’s abundant heritage of handmade, hand-sewn, and hand-printed fabrics that were once humanity’s only kind of fashion!

I often wonder why is it ethical for the fashion industry to create clothes from non-natural materials, and to charge an arm and a leg for something that is 100% rayon or 100% polyester?

Do you check the label (tucked away inside your new garment) before buying any piece of clothing? I do. You’ll be surprised to learn that the leather shoe in the high-end shop you’ve been lusting after has a viscose interior, and a cheap sole!

Earth Day Illustration: How the Fashion Industry Needs to Return to Natural Handmade Textiles to Save the Environment | By Yaansoon Illustration

Another point I often ponder is why would anyone in their right mind create a sweater that is 30% wool, 40% rayon, and 30% polyester? Our bodies will still be able to know the difference and react accordingly! This kind of hybrid fabric will still be artificial to the touch, and unnatural!

The earth has an abundance of folk, tribal and traditional fabrics, made from natural materials, patterned with cool hand-sewn or block-printed motifs and patterns, and created to last a lifetime.

Earth Day Illustration: How the Fashion Industry Needs to Return to Natural Handmade Textiles to Save the Environment | By Yaansoon Illustration

That’s why I think the fashion and the textiles industries have lost their way and must now return to our roots – to honor the environment, and to start selling us durable, natural, and healthy fashion items that are worthy of their price tag!

Yaansoon hand-illustrated branding and patterns

 

New YouTube Channel for Food, Natural Beauty, Culture and Travel Illustrations

New YouTube Channel for Food, Natural Beauty, Culture and Travel Illustrations | By Yaansoon IllustrationI’m super excited to share with you all the news about launching my new YouTube channel yesterday! I’m very happy to finally be able to create videos that reflect my passion for illustration, food, nature, beauty & lifestyle, and world music & culture!

The idea behind the channel is inspired by my own journey as a woman and as an illustrator.

Being a woman is about so many things, it involves how we internalize food, travel, and other life experiences to create our own unique styles and points of view.

Through this channel, I want to experiment with materials and ideas, and to share with you all my passion for world and tribal cultures as well as food and botanical and natural ingredients.

Before I go, here is the link to my new YouTube channel:

youtube.com/+YaansoonHandcrafted

Enjoy and have a lovely day!

NOTE: This post was originally posted on November 6, 2015 – however I decided to move it up in my blog to suit its new direction. The content of this post has also been amended to reflect the kind of new YouTube content I started posting in 2016 after making do with videos from 2015 – as they no longer reflected my artistic vision.

Yaansoon - branding - NewID- WATERCOLOR LOGO-3

 

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Fashion Inspiration of the Day: Burberry’s interpretation of tribal rugs

Fashion Inspiration of the Day: Burberry's interpretation of tribal rugs

I’ve always admired Burberry. Known for its famous check pattern, Burberry has taken a different approach to design in recent years, by incorporating different unexpected motifs and patterns within its designs. This Burberry tote, known as “The Bloomsbury,” is in hand-painted leather and rug (or more accurately, kilim). And it is the perfect example of Burberry’s new approach to fashion and design.

When I look at this amazing bag I remember our more minimalist approach to tribal motifs, here at Yaansoon (http://yaansoon.moonfruit.com).

We have re-interpreted tribal motifs from West Asia and different ethnic cultures across the board, and have applied them by hand to modern, eco-friendly, and handmade kitchen linens. Like Burberry, every oven mitt, apron, tea towel and potholder we make is a unique, one-off design.

This is the first in a series of posts bringing you “Fashion Inspiration of the Day.” Next time, we will highlight another luxury brand with a disposition towards the ethnic arts.

Legendary stories and fairy tale costumes in Dolce & Gabbana’s Winter 2014/15 collection

Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2014-15

Dolce & Gabbana is such an inspiration to me as a creative person. I was surfing the net this afternoon looking for ideas for my next project, when I stumbled across this D&G fashion show, featuring King-Lear head covers, Cinderella dresses, and much more!

Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2014-15This new D&G fashion line is inspired by legendary stories and fairy tales. The show is beautifully put together, reminding us of foxes, forests, and Medieval legends, with head covers that give a nod to Lancelot and King Lear’s knights, and hooded coats that remind us of Little Red Riding Hood.

Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2014-15Ice Queens and visual references to Russian costumes illustrated in traditional folk stories have also adorned the catwalk.
Dolce & Gabbana managed to bring a breeze of fresh air to the fashion world by introducing their own story-telling to the catwalk. D&G’s Winter 2014/15 collection will definitely ignite the imagination of creatives across the world, as it offers a unique interpretation of fairy tale costumes and folk traditions!
Read Vogue’s article on the story-telling behind the show here.
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