Meredith Wood is an experimental textile screen printer and researcher, based in London. Currently exploring printing processes which can provide an alternative to the unethical and environmentally harmful practices persistent in the Textile & Fashion industry. She is specialising in the development of her own eco-friendly textile production processes, beginning with the making of her inks and binders for screen printing. Her work lies in-between textiles and fashion, with the goal of creating environmentally conscious clothing featuring her print pastes and designs. Research forms a huge part of her practice, informing all the design choices made.
RESPONSIBILITY // From the Sea - Micro & Macro Algae / Seaweed
As designers we have a responsibility to make sure what we make and put into the world considers the impact it will have on people and the planet.
My work seeks to demonstrate how we can detoxify the screen printing process, eliminating the harmful chemicals currently used and developing new, more environmentally friendly techniques. I have developed my own range of print pastes, binders and inks, using micro & macro algae (seaweed). My choice of algae and seaweed emerged as I have researched the positive impacts of being close to the sea on our wellbeing. This is also something I have personally noticed after moving from Cornwall to London.
I have collaborated with three RCA final year fashion students, to show what my print pastes can look like in real life contexts. These have also allowed me to experiment with my print pastes on a further range of materials, such as bio leather made from seaweed or algae.