My whole process towards creating garments is based upon a longer-term commitment to living with purpose and intentionality. My focus is on fostering deep, authentic and long lasting connections.
I believe that if we have a meaningful connection with the people who make our clothes then we in turn hold a deeper connection to the cloth itself and are more likely to look for ways to care for our clothing and this way we will lighten the load on this beautiful planet.
My work is deeply narrative and so my starting point for a new collection always begins with a story that I want to further investigate. I use autobiographical experiences alongside shared stories that connect us. The visual representation of this research develops through constant mark making experimentation and an openness to the process of making.
Soft fibres such as cotton, linen and silk feature in my work along with pre- and post-production fabrics. I also love to re-appreciate found garment pieces along with embroidery samples, found lace fragments and the little gems of cloth discovered on my travels.
Many of the pieces I create are unique garments that hold an inherently deep meaning for individual clients and therefore their value is recognised and respected. People who buy a piece of Melaleuca Rise clothing are already emotionally engaged with the work, seeking a connection to the cloth and the narrative of each piece rather than buying a piece of clothing that can be seasonally replaced.
All my work comes with a ‘care to repair’ gift that helps clients to find ways to look after their loved clothes.
All pieces are designed, cut and stitched in our Melaleuca Rise Studio
Creative Director & Founder: Jane Ziemons