These cozy garments have holes in strange places and distorted patterns that look more like something you'd find in a shop selling factory seconds—yet those effects were completely intentional. The knitting machines that made them were "hacked" to get a glitchy effect. Seem weird? Sure it does.
Japanese fashion designer and artist Nukeme takes two approaches to the work: Importing a motif that already looks buggy to the machine, which is then directly translated to the final product; or messing with the device itself, so that the stitches appear stretched and slightly defective.
At first, these may seem counter-intuitive—why futz around with an industrial process to add irregularities?
We buy things that are mass-produced because, traditionally, it takes time, resources, knowledge, and desire to do it ourselves—things most of us lack in varying ratios.
But, as the power of small-scale production and manufacturing goes domestic and 3D printers edge out inkjets for space in homes, the ability to construct stuff that looks like it just rolled off an assembly line will continue to grow.
These "flaws" are then like the industrial equivalent of a one-of-a-kind, handmade touch; not necessarily a backlash, but an interesting response to the evolution of our relationship to what we make ourselves, and how we can push the capabilities of the tools we use. That's not to say that this movement is necessarily tied to clothes with hobo-chic appeal; but it will be interesting to see how creative folks continue to hack the systems.
It could be the start of a good short story, too: envisioning a future where literally everything is connected by the internet of things, but nothing functions in the way it was intended thanks so humans hoping to enact some fruitless power over the new industrial revolution. [Creators Project]