This website - a digital online sketchbook - records the making and development of the Top 100 project, which began in 1999 as a small print studio based project for my B.Earley label. Now, 15 years later, it serves as a vehicle for my practice-based textiles research - experiments with combining eco-design approaches. Over the years what began as a personal textiles recycling project, has become a highly collaborative international research project. Dividing 100 shirts into a series of collections has meant that I could explore different narratives and concepts, taking my time to work slowly through the many inter-connected ideas and theories. Many years later - I am still excited about remaking these shirts - and am finding out more and more every day about the incredible potential of our circular economy.
Professor Rebecca Earley, London, 2014