Larissa Sehringer, Final year BA fashion design student, Parsons School of Design
As a fashion designer, I’m a creator by nature – this means that I see every problem as a design flaw. Through this lens, COVID-19 has forced me to redefine craftsmanship, pushing me to find alternative material solutions and focus on sustainability. Instead of using a knitting machine, I’ve repurposed knits from donated soccer socks, which resonates with my collection concept entitled “It’s Just a Game.” I have been experimenting with household cooking ingredients to make starches and bioplastics as stiffeners in lieu of interfacing and boning. It has taken this virus to see that others have a love for my process, and I feel empowered by the community’s support of artists, which matters so much right now. When I made a callout for sock donations, so many of my neighbours jumped at the chance to help me, leaving them in their mailboxes for me to pick up safely. This also gave me the opportunity to share my project with them and have them feel like collaborators.