Endangered Fish Textile - Riz Boardshorts

Endangered Fish Textile - Riz Boardshorts

 

Riz Boardshorts are a company with sustainability in mind. All their shorts are made out of 100% recycled and recyclable polyester, which start life as plastic bottles or food containers that are then crushed, shredded and wound into fabric. They commissioned me to create a textile that represented their ethos. I chose a theme based on endangered species of fish in the UK waters.

 

The fish depicted in this piece are all species that either already receive protection under European and UK legislation or are being considered for protection by the UK government and Scottish Parliament as part of implementing the European Marine Strategy Directive, which takes an ecosystem based approach to marine management.

 

Featured fish: European River lamprey (Lampetra fluviatilis), Common skate (Dipturus batis), Angler Fish (Lophius piscatorius), Ling (Molva molva), Spurdog (Squalus), Brown Trout (Salmo trutta), Saithe (Pollachius virens) and Cod (Gadus morhua).

 

I prefer to create the original designs with graphite pencil on paper which are then scanned and clean up on a computer. Once the initial textile was made up I added a few extra fish to cover up any white spaces and fill the design.

 

To learn more about the process then please do follow this link of the story behind the print endangered fish

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