Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach
In 1990, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto visited the seas of New Zealand. On one particular deserted beach, he discovered hundreds of car parts, probably from the 1960s, disintegrated and corroded by decades under the waves. Photographing them individually, he imagined that human civilization had ended, thinking that the sight of crafted objects rotting away is at once dreadful and beautiful. This series of heavily black-and-white images of decaying metal on the sand are reproduced in this large-format photo book, accompanied by an introspective text by Sugimoto on the nature of the sea and the inexorable, practically incomprehensible, passage of time.
"Persevering with my lonely task on the deserted beach, I half-succumbed to the notion that human civilization had ended. The sight of crafted objects rotting away is at once dreadful and beautiful." - Hiroshi Sugimoto
We first look for small batches of vintage or deadstock yarn from mills. This yarn is of too insignificant quantity for larger brands to buy, otherwise facing a dismmal future in the bottom of the yarn stockroom or in the landfill.
Then, we fully-fashioned knit this garment, with both digital machines and delicate hand knitters (linkers). There are about twenty-nine steps altogether from yarn to knitwear. In combining the old and the new, this process creates 28% less material waste than cut-and-sew, and 50% less water waste.
At the end of this knit's lifecycle, it will quietly biodegrade back into the earth, as it is made of organic matter.
After wearing me for the first few times, you may find small balls of fibre forming on the surface. These small balls or pills are caused by some of the loose fiber tangling together as areas are rubbed during wear. Pills can easily be removed by hand or by using a cashmere comb or "defuzzit" device.
You will find that after lavishing a little care and attention on me and removing the pills in this way, my surface will actually consolidate and soften in handle and touch. Like fine wine, I will improve with age if cared for properly. (♬)"