A Closer Look: Fashionable use for old banners
What do you do with two boxes full of no-longer-needed street-pole banners? Give them new life as clothing.
Twenty-four students in Assistant Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Kelly Reddy-Best's Apparel Design Problems class took the roughly 50 banners -- previously used to market SF State on streetlight poles throughout San Francisco -- and converted them into a variety of clothing pieces for a project that combines art, sustainability and fashion ingenuity.
"It really helped train students to think outside the box and use non-traditional materials," Reddy-Best said, adding that the pieces are considered "wearable art" and not something that would be sold and worn normally. "It makes them appreciate fabric."
The heavy vinyl of the banners required the use of larger industrial machines, as well as heavy incorporation of materials such as Velcro and grommets. The pieces will be incorporated into the department's annual fashion show to be held May 1 at the San Francisco Design Center.