Wille-Meike Brand explores the boundaries of uncommon materials by reinventing the ways they can be used. In recent years she has been focusing on the abundance of textile waste, which has been the main subject for her practice. In her experiment-based research “Fossils”, Wille-Meike explores new ways to transform a copy into an original and waste into value. She discovered a textile printing technique that creates the possibility to transfer colour directly from discarded garments. The printing process can be repeated over and over again, without any decrease in colour from the original textile or use of water. In her works she re-uses the physical material as well as the imprint.
These discarded garments function as a tool to reintroduce individuality within the process of reproduction. Incorrect stitching, labels and folds come to the surface, elements that are normally hidden within mass-produced identical copies.