5 Ways is a project by Becky Earley and Kate Fletcher made up of five inter-connected approaches to fashion textile design. It brings together creativity and ecological thinking in fabric form and offers a range of starting points for understanding more about what ecological qualities such as diversity, participation and efficiency might mean for fashion textiles.
We began with a team of designers and five simple briefs. From each of the briefs and associated workshop sessions we developed a product which you can see showcased on this website. While we love each of these products individually, we love them more for what they represent which is hidden from view – innovative outcomes based on ecological values and an inter-connected approach to design. In keeping with the local theme running through 5 Ways, each of the products was developed for a particular site in and around Brick Lane, London E1 – the area where the bulk of the work for this project took place.
The 5 Ways projects explore… things made round the corner from where you live, things which you never want to launder, things which work with human needs, things which have multiple lives pre-ordained, and things which require you to roll up your sleeves and get involved. To find out more about these projects click on the project icons on the left.