Jasmine Linington is an Edinburgh-based textile design graduate who uses seaweed to create stunningly ethereal couture clothing.
Every element of Linington’s “Seaweed Girl” fashion line is made using seaweed and wood – from the fibres of the fabric and the dye they’re coloured with to the beads and embellishments.
For her fabric, Jasmine uses SeaCell a fibre produced by embedding dried, crushed seaweed into cellulose fibres using nanotechnology.
The soft, silk-like seaweed fibres are produced using the Lyocell production method that breaks down hardwood into chips that are then fed into a digester that softens them into a pulp.
The resulting textile is 100 per cent biodegradable and carbon-neutral.
For the gorgeous beads and embellishments, Linington captures the by-products of the seaweed harvesting process in an eco-resin.
“I was keen to find a purpose for the seaweed dye by-product as it was important to me to create something that captures, preserves and celebrates the journey that the seaweed has been on,” Linington told Dezeen.
She has also created a supple sequin made of kelp that feels like leather and is biodegradable. These could one day act as a sustainable, plastic-free alternative to the plastic sequins that are used extensively in the fashion industry.
“Over-frequent production of new styles and clothes have consequently led to the fashion and textile industry being one of the main contributors to the negative environmental impacts that we are tackling today,” explained the designer.
“With the high demands and speed of the fashion industry, corners have been cut, resulting in garments lacking in quality, therefore shortening their lifespan and consequentially ending up in landfills,” Linington continued.
“I believe that one way in which designers can tackle the anthropocene era is by re-thinking how excess and unwanted materials can be used within their work,” she added.Tags: algae, Clothing, fabric, fashion, fashion designer, kelp, seaweed, sustainable fashion