Designer Jean Elliot is a graduate from the University of Oregon Product Development and Industrial Design program, and made the transition to working at Tanjerine Studios as a full-time endeavor a year ago. Dissatisfied with the limited creative opportunities in her 9-5 jobs, and fueled by the support and encouragement of her friends and family, she took the bold step of quitting her job to dedicate herself entirely to Tanjerine Studios. In the realm of clothing production and even when enjoying a tangerine, waste is inevitable. Tanjerine Studios tries to embody the concept of “using the whole fruit”. My brand is made up of two branches: one dedicated to crafting custom, Asian formalwear, and the other is committed to repurposing materials stemming from these creations, along with existing items, such as quilts.
Designer Ella Frauenhofer is an LA-based fashion designer, stylist, & creator of the brand SAB. She is inspired by the multitudes of human existence, the duality of chaos & peace, and the ever-undefinable nature of feminine behavior. Her stylistic expression can be credited to a rekindled romance with her inner child. She debuted her first irl runway and fashion film entitled FAWN in the summer of 2022 in Los Angeles. Her staple patchwork and metallic leather pieces are created from recycled materials and her innovative crochet pieces from hemp yarn. All of her pieces are one-of-one, blessed from the heavens, and sensual at best. As mentioned SAB's staple pieces include patchwork, metallic leather, and hemp pieces. Each upholds sustainability & honors the earth in its own unique way. All of the patchwork pieces are upcycled and reworked from recycled materials and materials donated from friends, family and community. The metallic leather pieces are made from full grain Italian cowhide scraps which would otherwise be wasted not only after being cut for upholstery but also as a bi-material considering cattle is bred for its meat rather than skin. Recovery and use of the material ennobles the sacrifice of the animal. Finally, hemp as a material is sustainable for an abundance of reasons: - It’s a fast growing crop & can produce 250% more fiber than cotton using same amount of land & requires 1⁄4 of the amount of water it takes to grow cotton - Returns nutrients to the ground and can restore damaged soil - Hemp is a “bio-accumulator,” meaning it absorbs heavy metals and other chemical waste from soil. It’s even planted to detox land after it’s been contaminated - Can be used as a natural pesticide. It is naturally insect and mold resistant, so farmers don’t need pesticides to grow it - Absorbs a significant amount of co2 from atmosphere as it grows (even more than trees) - Naturally filters uv light aka protects your skin - Has natural thermoregulating properties aka keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter - Can absorb up to 20% of its own weight while still feeling dry to the touch aka perspiration is quickly absorbed and released aka less moisture is retained = less odor-causing bacteria (no weird smell that you get when wearing synthetic fibers) - Hypoallergenic for people w sensitive skin
Thrift Stylist Chicago-born Thrift Stylist, Izzy Jackson, combines hard and soft clothing elements to highlight the dance we must play within the fashion industry to maintain earth's carbon equilibrium. Reaching for chains with pastels or combining silvers and golds to showcase the inviting conversation all elements can have together under the same mission. The fashion industry takes up 1.8 percent of global greenhouse emissions and while this number could seem small, if it continues to climb at its projected rate of .87 percent bi-yearly, the earth's heat levels will only rise with it - reaching unlivable degrees in years, not decades. Choosing thrift styling, Izzy hopes to highlight the bandwidth of creativity that artists within the fashion world can tap into when creating from pre-existing materials. This creativity, due to using less resources, would decrease the greenhouse projected rate within the fashion industry offering us even more time for imagination.
Textile Artist Using a sustainable textile piece made from scraps of other handmade rugs, the dancers make real-time choices exploring the spectrum of safety/attachment to danger/dysregulation, and community/belonging to isolation/individualism.
Designer Alix Schillaci (she/they) works in freelance costume design and construction as an extension of her interest in the artistic process of world-building. Schillaci first learned to sew and construct garments as a student working in the costume shop at Loyola University Chicago. Since graduating she has created costumes for music videos; served as wardrobe supervisor for short and documentary film; and constructed costumes for Alex Grelle’s “Ordinary Peepholes”. Schillaci often incorporates her designs into her own dance works as well- most recently “Sunset’s That Way” and “P A R T Y G I R L”. She is interested in the repurposing of trash with iconic pop culture imagery or branding- such as White Castle boxes, or as you’ll see tonight, vintage Playboy magazines won at a family White Elephant.