Waste not – Want not is a loungewear collection inspired by my late grandmother's philosophy of treasuring and taking care of her possessions and garments, and the sentimentality that is attached to personal belongings. From a young age, her values and consumption habits were influenced by popular World War Two shortage expressions like “Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do”, “New from Old” and “Waste not, Want not”, which formed the basis of this project.
The creative process behind this collection draws inspiration from childhood memories and reflecting on the absence of my grandmother. Visual research for this collection was inspired by her love for undergarments such as girdles, garter belts and slip dresses. Traditionally "disposable" garments like a grey tracksuit and loungewear are juxtaposed against the ideas of sentimentality and ownership, as typically expendable pieces are transformed into heirlooms through techniques like embroidery and print. The result is a collection that blends sentimental value into everyday clothing, clothing that serves as both a reminder of times and people past, as well as cherished keepsakes for future generations.