Gillian Yerington

BFA in Art & Design

Wasted Water

Wasted Water is a large scale weaving constructed entirely from discarded t-shirts that responds to American apparel waste. The scribble motif, recorded from the motion of walking for water, represents the 30+ minute journey that 2.2 billion people walk every day for drinking water. Americans throw away 81 pounds of textile waste per year, using enormous amounts of freshwater in the process. A single garment uses 2,700 liters of water in production, enough drinking water for a person for 900 days. The painstaking process of hand weaving acts as a penance to all the people that are affected by our endless desire to purchase more clothing.

Wasted Water, used clothing, cotton string, 10’x4.5′

Wasted Water, broad detail of scribble motif

Wasted Water, detail of scribble motif

Wasted Water, broad detail of connections between panels

Wasted Water, detail of weaving technique

Wasted Water, detail of t-shirt material in weaving