Project: Cut the Cotton
Harriet is a Illustrator, Designer and Environmentalist. She studied illustration and animation at Kingston University London and graduated this year.
Having used the traditional 1950’s style of circle skirt as a canvas to display her views on the corruption of the cotton industry, she used the screen printing process on three skirts which each focus on the Past, Present or Future of cotton production.
The first skirt looks at the history of production. Split into panels that comment on the atrocities of slavery, the extremely dangerous working conditions and child labour in cotton factories and the pollution caused by cotton production in the industrial revolution.
The second skirt focusses on the present day state of production. Harriet chose to dedicate this skirt to the Rana Plaza disaster. It comments on how the massive demand for garments in the West forced the employees to continue working in extremely unsafe conditions in Bangladesh.