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Brief Published: 21 Oct 2013

Velvet Ting’s Foodwear


We first spotted innovative textile designer Yanting Liu’s label Velvet Ting at Designersblock at London Design Week earlier this year, and found her niche for turning food waste into wearable materials incredibly inspiring.

The textile artist and designer graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in London with a BA in textile design earlier this year, and is now starting an MA in textile futures at the university. Using the likes of boiled milk, cooked rice, soy beans, potatoes and berries to make delicate wearables like detachable collars, jewellery and sheer dresses, Liu’s focus is exploring the combination of handicraft and modern technology.

A mixture of natural dyeing and digital printing is used, with all of the dyes made from natural sources including onion skin, beetroot and tea. The ‘Food to Wear’ concept is based on the core principles of sustainability, with heat presses used to upcycle food waste and cooked food into something useful and wearable.

The results are striking, texturally interesting and innovative, and we’re looking forward to seeing Liu’s future work.