The society has talked about sustainable fashion and recycling of clothes for some time now and to produce them is being attempted not only by individuals but also by large chains and world-famous brands.

While not everyone in the industry has yet realised that this is the only way, ultimately it is up to us, customers, who we support and what we buy when it comes to fashion.

Most of the time you can't tell what process the clothing is made with so the individual pieces are often labeled by a tag with information about sustainability. However when looking at the clothes from this New York-based designer, who has been making this kind of fashion for several years, it's quite obvious.

Nicole Mclaughlin is an American designer who has been working professionally in sustainable fashion and upcycling since 2018. However, as she states on her website, this love for transforming old things into new began much earlier. After graduating with a degree in Digital Media Technology, she miraculously, without much design experience, got the opportunity to work at Reebok, where she was later hired as a graphic designer. Alongside this job, she gradually started to get into upcycling. She talks not only about this experience in one of her podcasts, which is definitely worth listening to.

Today, through the process of upcycling often branded pieces of clothing and accessories, Nicole creates works of art that are both practical and full of humour. Some of them are perhaps almost in the provocative style of Marcel Duchamp. This brings us to the point that in Nicole's case we are talking about artworks rather than clothes. She has already caught the attention of many well-known fashion brands with her original pieces, such as Crocs and Russell Athletic, who have invited her to collaborate with them and it certainly doesn't stop there!

If you're as interested in Nicole Mclaughlin's work as we are, you can follow her on Instagram or sign up for one of the workshops she regularly hosts. You can find out more about her work, her workshops or the development of her own non-profit organization on her website.

The very same question we can ask ourselves, polymer clay enthusiasts.

How to figure out some kind of sustainability when working with plastic?

Do less, think more. Make sketches, don't throw out material you already used, and maybe come up with some kind of recycling of your older pieces. Can we put the baked clay into the blender and get a different form of clay we can work on for the second time? Can we find a way how to make sure we do something for a better future? Let's find the answers for that, it will be necessary.