Exploring the tension between odd relationships and clashing ideas form the base of Tom Scott’s work. His process involves manipulating found images, paper, vintage garments, and ephemera. Ideas are turned upside down and inside out, and mistakes often inform the process.
Since founding his studio in 2001, Tom has transformed garment archetypes in new and different ways. Components are broken apart such as a scarf with attached sleeves or a v-neck with no body. His work experiments with materiality and construction. Old sports t-shirts and bed sheets are cut into strips and re-knit into clothing and interior objects. Fur is reimagined in hand crochet alpaca and made into coats and faux sheepskin rugs. Subversive in nature, his work blurs the line between garment, accessory, and interior.
After over 10 years of making seasonal collections, he paused to consider designing in a more sustainable way. Rather than individual collections, editions are limited in quantity and ideas flow into one another over time. Concepts are developed in varying media and scale with a strong focus on craft. The studio is currently working on a zine of his collages, archival reissues of some favorite pieces in deadstock and waste materials, and a series of recycled hand worked furniture and objects.
Scott studied textiles in Philadelphia and Scotland before moving to New York. His pieces are sold in leading boutiques and shops around the world and have been featured in notable design and fashion publications. His awards and exhibitions include the 2006 Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial, the 2007 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation prize, and a nomination for the 2008 Woolmark Award. In 2010 he was named as one of 10 designers in the inaugural CFDA / Fashion Incubator. Currently, Tom works out of his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and is a Professor in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.