THE ARCHIVES


DICHROMACY

A DICHROMAT IS SOMEONE WHOSE RED OR GREEN POPULATION IS ABSENT IN THE RETINA. SOMEONE WITH PROTANOPIA DICHROMACY, ALSO CALLED “RED WEA NESS”, WILL SEE DISTORTED VERSION OF COLORS WITH RED TONES AS THE CONE CELLS SENSITIVE TO RED LIGHT ARE ABSENT. THIS TYPE OF COLOR BLINDNESS IS FOUND PREDOMINANTLY IN MALES.

This collection addressed the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 5 (Gender Equality), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 14 (Life Below Water) and 17 Partnerships for the Goals).

Red is a color of extremes. Red is fire, power, passion, violence, seduction, danger, blood, and historically: revolution. The collection titled “dichromacy” takes inspiration from these words in the perception of this male dominate trait that is blind to the oppressed voice of reds. Dichromacy points to the perpetrators who have decided not to see our revolution. These garments are an interpretation of the looming reality of fear abusers have over their victims. A hand covering their mouths telling them to shut up, grabbing their throats, touching them without permission. But more importantly, give the wearer the power to remove them. 100% of the profits from this collection are being donated to planned parenthood.


SURFACE LEVEL

Querencia Studio’s third collection, SURFACE LEVEL, was developed for the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change. With a short notice, this exercise in sustainable fast fashion was handmade in New York using up-cycled fabric from FabScrap.

This collection addressed United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil. In order to properly address this issue, the runways of fashion week cannot be the only place fashion is presented and discussed. By presenting and discussing SURFACE LEVEL at COY13 in Bonn, Germany, we are exploring new formats for fashion presentations.


G.O.N.E. FOR GOOD

Our second collection, entitled G.O.N.E. FOR GOOD, explored garment lifespan extension by utilizing up-cycled fabric, provided by non-profit organization Goodwill NYNJ, to create pieces using our G.O.N.E. or Garment Optimization Neutralizing Excess, process.We began discussing the potential for a collaboration with the Goodwill team in December of 2016. After a series of meetings, we decided a full scale collaboration to be released on Earth Day, 2017.

The collection included individual, hand made couture garments with upcycled fabric sourced from the Goodwill HQ in Astoria, Queens.

This collection addressed United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).


QUERENCIA STUDIO x RECOVER BRANDS

Querencia Studio's first collection, a collaboration with Recover Brands, utilized the innovative process of combining recycled water bottles and organic cotton to produce a unique and durable fabric. The collection was produced in a biomass powered factory in Guatemala where workers receive fair wages and the factory’s energy comes from the byproduct of the local coffee industry.

For Querencia's debut collection, the aim was to produce sleek, comfortable, durable essentials. Q x Recover Brands brought a refined process into a new context.

The photo shoot took place in Brooklyn, New York on a live construction site. Lumia Nocito photographed Gabby Richardson, Rebecca Batz and Charlotte McKee for the collection.

This collection addressed United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 14 (Life Below Water) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

The collection included a collaboration between Brooklyn-based, Nigerian artist Laolu. Laolu designed two custom pieces to help visually contextualize the meaning of the term Querencia: Querencia Kid and Querencia Love.