Olivia Masterson is currently studying textile design and sustainability studies at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. She specializes in knitwear and sustainable apparel. Her work is driven by curiosity and creativity- constantly sourcing found materials to be incorporated and transformed into her pieces. Olivia also investigates fiber studies as a means to evolve the textile industry to become more sustainable. Her interest in fibers and reimagined waste has lead her down a path of working with paper pulp and other non-textile material. She is on a path to redefine what it means to create and consume sustainably.
This past winter my family moved out of my childhood home. Our 1920s house in the suburbs of New York was drenched in memory. Untangling our lives from the architecture was laborious and seemingly endless. Amid the process we uncovered forgotten markings, dents from incidents of play, and objects from the past. One afternoon, in preparation for the move, my mother was exploring the depths of what was our basement storage. Found was a bin of my brothers and I’s clothes from childhood.
I’ve been thinking about these clothes from my youth, how they don’t fit me anymore and are tearing at the seams. Much like my house, we have grown out of them. This form of decay by time encapsulates the narrative that is Outgrown.
Throughout the creation of this collection, I continued my collaborative relationship to material. My practice is grounded in bringing old material new life and new material through many lives, through change and wear and alteration. In doing this, I attempt to embed the feeling of time into the fabric of my garments. I brought each piece through a series of processes before arriving at their final form. I worked with knitted segments to grow and form around the body as would moss or vines. I communicate aging with exposed seaming, dye and bleach, and the presence of holes. Outgrown explores the qualities of aged material, the moment when its physicality reflects the time it has spent with us.
︎ Broken and Repaired ︎
Broken and Repaired is a collection of wearables from Fall 2020 exclusively made from found and second hand materials.
Broken and Repaired / Fall 2020 Discarded yarn, scrap denim, deadstock fabric, found hardware
Accentuating the beauty in history and wear and acknowledging breaking points, the textiles used in this collection mimic qualities of fabric that have been buried, unburied, and back again.
Suction Dress, in progress 2021
Broken and Repaired / F20
Discarded yarns, found material
Knit Intimates Set