Janelle Abbott (JRAT) was born into the fashion industry—her parents owned a clothing company, Amanda Gray, based in Seattle for 20 years. She pursued a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design (2012). Concerned about the ethical failure/ ecological damage caused by the fashion industry at large, Janelle decided to carve her own path—one committed to upcycling, sustainability, hand craft, and the zero waste design methodology.
Zero waste patterns are like puzzles: all the pattern pieces fit together so that nothing is wasted. Traditional methods discard 15% of all textiles. Parsons professor, Timo Rissanen employed Janelle to sew white t-shirts in Helsinki’s Amos Anderson Museum as a part of “15%”. Her performance brought awareness to the wasteful/ inhumane nature of modern fashion production.
In 2013, Janelle began FEMAIL: a ‘reactive collaboration’ with Camilla Carper (LA)—the two mail work back and forth to create art together, though from afar. Their work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Interview Magazine and the Bellevue Arts Museum (“AMPM 2.0” 2018).
Janelle’s solo work as JRAT has been featured at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, The Factory at MoM, Party Hat, Specialist, TUF Festival, and more. She offers a garment reinvention experience for private clients called Wardrobe Therapy. Outside of fashion, Janelle creates wearable furniture and rugs, tapestry, sculpture, paintings, illustrations, collage, and many other works of art. In everything, she is committed to reclaiming as much as possible from the garbage heap of hyper consumerism to reduce the weight of modern life on our fragile and precious planet.
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City Arts and Lectures | 4/29/2020 | Interview | Avery Trufelman
Re:Fashion | 1/13/2020 | Interview | Johanna Schwab
Crosscut | 12/17/2019 | Wardrobe Therapy | Margo Vansynghel
GOODWILL | 11/2019 | Glitter Gala Finale | Jared Ribic
GOODWILL | 10/2019 | Meet the Upcycle Designers | Katherine Boury
Teen Vogue | 8/22/2019 | Generation Next | Tahirah Hairson
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Yahoo! Lifestyle | 8/22/2019 | Generation Next | Tahirah Hairson
Panicking Daily | 6/26/2019 | Wardrobe Therapy Rewview | Edie Everette
Arts Zone | 5/31/2019 | JRAT Interview | Heather Garcia
Spectator | 5/2019 | Brutal, Right? Release | Debbie Dickinson
Document Journal | 4/1/19 | Wardrobe Therapy Interview | Sara Radin
Slog | 2/11/19 | Desperately Seeking Shavasana Review | Chase Burns