ABOUT

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 is a dabblist; she creates wearable furniture and rugs, tapestry, sculpture, paintings, illustrations, collage, exploring dance, the written word, and many other art forms. 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.

PRESS

Shoutout LA | 8/2021 | Meet Janelle Abbott | Artist & Designer

No Kill Magazine | 4/2021 | Our Favorite Fashion Influencers

No Kill Magazine | 4/2021 | Serious Style Inspo: Wardrobe Therapy

No Kill Magazine | 4/2021 | Interview | Leah Flannery

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

Fashionista | 8/22/2019 | Generation Next | Maria Bobila

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