Cedar Rapids native Melissa Lockwood opens IQ TEST, an exhibit of fashions created from scrap fabric discarded by the garment industry. The wearable dresses and skirts are handmade and each piece is unique. Many of the pieces feature Melissa’s original art work, hand-drawn with nontoxic fabric marker or paint.
A self-taught fashion designer, Melissa holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Iowa. The use of scrap fabric allows Melissa to cut costs and comment on consumer culture while producing fun, wearable fashions. “For me this is primarily about the message: raising awareness about the environmental impacts of the mass disposal of textiles,” she says. “I became a fashion designer by surprise.” The final product is always determined by the unique characteristics of the fabric scraps she finds.
Melissa will lead a workshop on creating clothing from reclaimed fabric on Wednesday, April 17, and a fashion show on Friday, April 19, both at CSPS.