2021 Spring Exhibition > Emalee Renjilian

My work is made to be broken. It is meant for using, touching, washing, and staining. It is for giving and receiving. Inspired by Southern Italian theater and children’s clothing, I design sustainable clothing and objects meant to rekindle the fun and play we lose in the transition from children to adults. Using exciting color combinations, alternative texture patterns, and quilting techniques, I am able to create unique, one of a kind pieces that resemble garments you might find in a child’s dress-up closet. In this way, my textiles do not go out of style because style is not their purpose.

Upon attending college, I instantly observed how much wasted material (drawing pads, cleaning chemicals, paint tubes, etc.) the students in my fine arts classes were simultaneously accumulating and wasting. Driven by this distaste, I was motivated to start my own personal path towards design production that was more fulfilling and utilitarian.


To contact for work inquiries, email renjiliane@gmail.com

Lucky Vest
Quilted curtain fabric, quilt batting, vintage fabric from recycled vest
Model wears size small
2021
Lucky Vest (reverse)
Quilted curtain fabric, quilt batting, vintage fabric from recycled vest
Model wears size small
2021
Lucky Vest (detail)
Quilted curtain fabric, quilt batting, vintage fabric from recycled vest
Model wears size small
2021
Two-Toned Crocheted Scarf
Polyester yarn lined with neon jersey fabric.
Universal
2020
Two-Toned Crocheted Scarf (detail)
Polyester yarn lined with neon jersey fabric.
Universal
2020
Hot Pink Half-Apron and Collar set
Upcycled vintage skirt with original triangle buttons and knit ruffles
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size M
2021
Hot Pink Half-Apron and Collar set (reverse)
Upcycled vintage skirt with original triangle buttons and knit ruffles
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size M
2021
Hot Pink Half-Apron and Collar set (detail)
Upcycled vintage skirt with original triangle buttons and knit ruffles
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size M
2021
Quilted Half-Apron and Collar set
Repurposed tablecloth fabric, hand sewn embroidery and white buttons
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size L
2021
Quilted Half-Apron and Collar set (reverse)
Repurposed tablecloth fabric, hand sewn embroidery and white buttons
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size L
2021
Quilted Half-Apron and Collar set (collar detail)
Repurposed tablecloth fabric, hand sewn embroidery and white buttons
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size L
2021
Quilted Half-Apron and Collar set (apron detail)
Repurposed tablecloth fabric, hand sewn embroidery and white buttons
Model wears size small, waist is adjustable to fit up to size L
2021
Felt Dress Shirt
Felt squares hand sewn onto upcycled dress shirt.
Model wears size small
2020
Felt Dress Shirt (detail)
Felt squares hand sewn onto upcycled dress shirt.
Model wears size small
2020
Blue Plaid Tee
Upcycled flannel fabric hand sewn onto polyester knit.
Model wears size small
2020
Blue Plaid Tee (reverse)
Upcycled flannel fabric hand sewn onto polyester knit.
Model wears size small
2020
Blue Plaid Tee (detail)
Upcycled flannel fabric hand sewn onto polyester knit.
Model wears size small
2020
Reversible Red and Blue Woven Vest
Recycled curtain fabric, upcycled knit lining
Model wears size small
2021
Reversible Red and Blue Woven Vest (side two, detail)
Recycled curtain fabric, upcycled knit lining
Model wears size small
2021
Reversible Red and Blue Woven Vest (side one, reverse)
Recycled curtain fabric, upcycled knit lining
Model wears size small
2021
Reversible Red and Blue Woven Vest (side two, front)
Recycled curtain fabric, upcycled knit lining
Model wears size small
2021
Reversible Red and Blue Woven Vest (side two, reverse)
Recycled curtain fabric, upcycled knit lining
Model wears size small
2021
Yellow Tea Shirt
Cotton fabric shirt, two-toned polyester sleeves from two different dress shirts, shirred with embroidery thread.
Model wears size small
2021
Yellow Tea Shirt (sleeve detail)
Cotton fabric shirt, two-toned polyester sleeves from two different dress shirts, shirred with embroidery thread.
Model wears size small
2021
Western Ruffle Shirt
Upcycled polyester and cotton shirts, found object metal button, and brown boot lace for adjustable neckline
Model wears size small, waistband is elastic for stretch
2021
Western Ruffle Shirt (reverse)
Upcycled polyester and cotton shirts, found object metal button, and brown boot lace for adjustable neckline
Model wears size small, waistband is elastic for stretch
2021
Western Ruffle Shirt (side detail)
Upcycled polyester and cotton shirts, found object metal button, and brown boot lace for adjustable neckline
Model wears size small, waistband is elastic for stretch
2021
Checked Shorts
Upcycled cotton shorts, felt cutouts
Model wears size small
2020
Checked shorts (reverse)
Upcycled cotton shorts, felt cutouts
Model wears size small
2020