The crafting of the Möbius Strip
In preparation for Sheena’s trip to Ars Electronica, our friend and designer Kathleen Scully collaborated with us to create a hot hot haute accessory. Working out of New York, her company Rifla aims to accessorize the conscientious bike rider with fashionably sustainable options. From MetroCard holders to helmet hats (see Sheena’s Tour de France tribute on July 26), Scully creates some super chic items we at U.P love.
So when life gave her tape, she made a cowl. The sculpted scarf, which Sheena wore to the ARS festival on Sept 6th, was created from reclaimed materials Scully found or happened upon. She used a saffron-hued caution tape from Con Edison (dangerously fabulous) and Geämi’s sustainable packaging material (not oil-based) to create the electric piece.
Shape or shapely? The accessory was inspired by the mathematical form of the Möbius Strip, the universal Recycling symbol. For Scully, the infinite loop represents the positive affects we can have on the fashion industry by re-using (and elevating) discarded materials. There are so many fun and creative options to be explored when you look around. What’s more thrilling than turning caution tape into a head turning neck piece?
Additionally, Scully uses the color Saffron as an accent throughout the outfit to assure good Karma to the donors who contribute to our cause. (Saffron has been used as a textile and food colorant for centuries and is traditionally believed to bring good tidings to those who bring it as a donation to Buddhist Temples).
We love the ethos, we love the aesthetic and we just can’t stop staring at it.
Above: Scully on vacation working away on the Möbius Strip.
See another Scully creation on U.P on Sept 7th – the stunning maxi hoop skirt – and much more at www.scullynewyork.com