Tuesday, August 22, 2017

EFWA Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R Wilson Part 5 of 5 - Evan Clayton, Lara Ireland, Markéta Martišková & Yasuhiro Tomita

I was so honoured when the founder of Eco Fashion Week Australia offered to let me create a unique show for their event in November in Perth, Australia. It took two weeks to finalize the idea for this upcycling challenge and another one to two weeks to finalize this amazing list of incredible talents - 21 in all representing 12 countries. Each will be creating one unique look from used men's dress shirts (thrift store or flea market finds, discards from family and friends or ?).

These fashion designers were all asked to step out of the box conceptually and have fun with the challenge. Their look should represent them as designers and showcase their creativity. They were asked to do more than just use the shirts as fabric. At least one original detail from the original garments used should be incorporated in their final design.

Here is a brief introduction to the final four designers - Evan Clayton, Lara Ireland, Markéta Martišková and Yasuhiro Tomita. Alex S. Yu, Francesca Phipps, Jessie Liu, Sacha Cooper and Tieler James were covered in Press Release Part 1 - HERE. Aloke Kumar Singh, Camila Castillo, Lesley Hampton & Sam Stringer were covered in Press Release Part 2 - HERE. Anita Heiberg, Jacqueline Zeyi Chen, Sara Armstrong & Stevie Crowne were covered in Press Release Part 3 - HERE. Amber Nifong, Lauren Kemp, Charné Esterhuizen & Ras Kasozi  were covered in Part 5 - HERE.

To read about my journey to create this challenge, check out my article, "The Move From Media Seat To Backstage."

Evan Clayton (Vancouver) –


About - Evan Clayton is a fashion designer highly skilled in both the art of tailoring and the fluidity of drapery who love to puch the boundary of the silhouette. He strives to marry art and fashion in such a way as to create political, personal and artistic expression. Creative influences include psychology, modern pop culture, French history and a variety of performance artists including Marina Abramovic, Lady Gaga and Jonna Lee of iamamaiwhoami.
  • About - Evan Clayton is a fashion designer highly skilled in both the art of tailoring and the fluidity of drapery who love to puch the boundary of the silhouette. He strives to marry art and fashion in such a way as to create political, personal and artistic expression. Creative influences include psychology, modern pop culture, French history and a variety of performance artists including Marina Abramovic, Lady Gaga and Jonna Lee of iamamaiwhoami.
  • Studied at – Blanche Macdonald
  • Instagram - @evanclayton
  • Twitter - @Evan_Clayton
Lara Ireland (Sydney) –

  • About - Lara Ireland is a Sydney based designer, with a focus on a conceptual approach to Sustainable applications and Design. Her collections are intimately hand-made and artisanal at the very heart.Lara markedly sets her philosophy around the basis of ‘Cradle to Cradle’ design – recycling materials and eliminating the impact on wastage and environmental conservation.
Markéta Martišková of STOPisSTART (Antwerp) –


  • About - Marketa Martiskova is currently working on setting up her own fashion and accessories label ‘STOP’ based in Antwerp. She looks to the world and identifies social distraction, day-to-day topics and global issues through designs. She is communicates through symbols, typography, prints and employed techniques.The designer creates eco-friendly and recycling based designs by using leftovers from production or even raw materials which could be regarded as waste.Her designs could be described like painting with textile. 
  • Studied at - Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp 
  • Website - www.stopisstart.com/
  • Facebook - www.facebook.com/STOPisSTART/
  • Instagram - @stopisstart
  • Tumblr - http://marketa-martiskova.tumblr.com/
  • LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/marketa-martiskova-2b656929/
Yasuhiro Tomita of Rukus by Yasuhiro Tomita (Tokyo) –

An article by Marilyn R Wilson titled The Move From Media Seat to Backstage covering her journey to develop this show can be found at http://bit.ly/2eNJOTI

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