For Hannah Tabert, design has always been about exploring what could be rather than always accepting what is. She has found there are often interesting, unique solutions to problems right at our fingertips, and enjoys being a part of the process in discovering those solutions.
For her graduating collection, Hannah chose to explore the natural resources the world we live in provides us with, to add colour to clothing. After being increasingly exposed to the negative effects of many practices in the fashion industry, she knew she had to focus her attention on finding an interesting and unique solution to the problem of textile wastewater in the industry.
She chose to do so by creating a collection colored entirely with natural dyes. Though she in no way claims to have found an ultimate solution to the pollution issue, she hopes her exploration of natural dyes will allow people to become more inclined to think of it as a viable option to help curtail the negative environmental effects that current textile dyes often have—all while still maintaining colour as a staple part of one’s wardrobe.
By designing her collection specifically for baby-boomer women, Hannah is also helping to fill a gap in the market by offering unique options for women who are often overlooked in the fashion industry.
Tinctoria will be unveiled at the 2019 The Show on April 18 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) newly opened Wilson School of Design building in Richmond. The beautiful and innovative $36-million building houses a range of design programs including the fashion-design-and-technology program.