Texture and color played key roles in Guzik’s pieces, which she assembled from secondhand wool sweaters, damaged garments, and other unwanted textiles from fabric wholesalers and charity shops in her hometown of Kraków.
In addition to the lessons she learned through Redress, the waste-reducing fashion nonprofit behind the annual competition, Guzik also employed rug-making techniques such as hand-weaving and gun-tufting.
In addition to the waste-reducing lessons she learned through Redress, Guzik also employed rug-making techniques such as hand-weaving and gun-tufting.
To unite the disparate elements at her disposal into a singular vision, Guzik overprinted new designs onto the existing fabrics.
“This reprinting technique enabled me to bring new life to discarded textiles,” said Guzik, who worked with Polish illustrator Mateusz Kolek to create the patterns. “This print developed from lots of discussions about the theme and is a labyrinth of symbols that take you through my story.”
Guzik credits Redress for shaping the way she thinks about clothing waste today.
“After the process of making my collection, and the trip to Hong Kong where I was a part of amazing discussion panels with professional designers and producers during the workshops that Redress put on, things shifted for me,” she said.
Still, she doesn’t want to discount the influence of growing up in Poland.
“In Poland, we have a longstanding tradition of recycling; years of war and communism taught us that it is possible to recycle everything by our own hand,” Guzik said. “My grandparents taught me that we need to have respect for people’s work, and for things. So, I will never forget about my roots, about the power of craft, and about the experience of people.”
“This is what I bring into my design work,” she added.