Abital Ruth Teoh

Class of 2017

Final Year Project(s)

Living Lace at NTU ADM Portfolio

The clothing industry is one of the largest contributors to the earth’s pollution. Fashion fads go out of style just as quickly as they start trending, resulting in tons of textile waste being dumped into landfills. The effect of fast fashion is rapidly diminishing how we value clothing, the environment and ourselves. There is an urgent need to seek eco-friendly alternative materials and methods of production that are sustainable. While many have turned to growing bacteria cultures, straining soy waste and pressing dried fungi, I have approached this issue with a living material that will continue to grow with the wearer.

Living Lace explores our symbiotic relationship with nature by integrating fauna into fabric, creating a dynamic organic lace that transforms and evolves with time. Instead of deteriorating like conventional materials, Living Lace is an example of additive aging; it grows with the wearer. How the plant embroidery changes size, shape and colour is a direct reflection of how we take care of ourselves and, in turn, our environment.


Judge’s Choice for the ADM Sustainability Award 2017

Selected Coursework(s)

Transcendence at NTU ADM Portfolio

Transcendence (2016)

“True self is without form.”
– Tekhartha Zenyatta

The world is a busy place. We are the generation that simultaneously has infinite ways to efficiently spend our time and efficiently waste it. We spend so much time meticulously consuming media that we neglect to take a moment to just exist.

Transcendence urges the viewer to open their mind and be one with the universe. Let us gaze into the Iris and embrace tranquility.

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