Memoirs of a Glacier by Bradley Smit suggests that even though human activity is to blame for climate change, it is not our place to try fix it. “As an alternative,” Smit said, “We should accept nature for its turbulence, beauty and permanent state of change.” Smit’s four-body collection personifies the discolouration of glaciers. Through fabric, he imitates nature, starting with soft whites and blues that progress to increasingly darker silhouettes. “I hand-dyed silk blue at Massey University and used this throughout the collection.” Smit was very selective about his use of colour and used blue to symbolise the vitality of the glacier. “By using colour, I feel I can tell the story of impending loss that will ensue as glaciers disappear,” he explained. “I didn’t want my collection to be something experienced with melancholy, but instead as something to embrace and see the beauty in nature destruction and rebirth.”
He completed his Bachelor of Design majoring in fashion design at Massey University in Wellington and will graduate with first class honours in May.