Map This: Sustainable Fashion
On View June 6 - August 30
Urbano Project welcomes Artist-in-Residence Nathalia JMag, a Colombian-American contemporary fashion designer who believes in sustainable and ethical approaches to apparel. Her work centers the intersection of design and eco-sustainability alongside an internal re-imagining of the factory-labor driven fashion industry. From June 6-August 30, Map This: Sustainable Fashion, an exhibition featuring JMag’s fashion collections exploring design futures, green urbanisms, and climate change culture, will be on view at Urbano’s Jamaica Plain gallery.
About the Artist:
Passionate about conserving the environment and protecting animals and people, Nathalia JMag knows that fashion doesn’t have to hurt. She studied fashion design at Framingham State University, graduating in 2016. She has participated in fashion shows including Helsinki Fashion Week 2018, named by Vogue as the first 100% sustainable showcase of its kind. Nathalia is a 2018 Neighborhood Salon Luminary at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and was part of Project Runway Season 15. She is currently in RISD’s Nature–Culture–Sustainability Studies MA program.
Nathalia’s work echoes Urbano’s theme of resilience and sustainability: she uses natural dyes, such as turmeric and indigo; chooses sustainable fabrics; and up-cycles old clothing to give them new life. She has a zero-waste design approach to minimize waste while producing garments. Her designs are produced by hand at a studio at the Holliston Mills, a solar powered building. Her perspective is a blend of cultures: she fuses her Colombian culture with her American culture to create one-of-a-kind designs. Her garments are fresh and new while being functional and comfortable.
As Artist-in-Residence, Nathalia will teach Urbano’s youth artists textile design and techniques including printing, sewing, embroidering, and block printing design.