Textile Toolbox at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York


The Textile Toolbox Pop- Up exhibition will open in the Pomerantz Art and Design Centre at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. The exhibition runs from June 8 to 19, 2015, and will be on view during FIT’s Summer Institute Sustainability and Textiles conference, from June 8 to 11.

Professor Becky Earley will speak at the conference with other speakers including Manufacture New York, Loomstate, Nature Works and Eileen Fisher. The talk on Wednesday, June 10, will be followed up by a panel for an opportunity to interact directly with our attendees. In the afternoon, Professor Becky Earley will run a The TEN workshop.

The full Summer Institute program is available here.


The Fashion Institute of Technology

Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center

Seventh Avenue at 27 Street

New York City

Exhibition Dates

June 8-19, 2015

Holistic Fashion Design book chapter

Fashion Design for the Curious

Professor Becky Earley and PhD researcher Clara Vuletich have co-authored a peer reviewed chapter for the book ‘Fashion Design for the Curious: Why Study Fashion Design’. The book is now available on Amazon ebooks. The publication is for college students, best college majors, college scholarships, educational research, career choices and success stories.

Earley’s and Vuletich’s chapter titled ‘HOLISTIC FASHION DESIGN: My Inner Outer Journey – Elin Lindquist’s Acceptance Speech for the Noble Peace Prize in 2030′ is available to read on Academia.edu.

Textile Toolbox at Borås Fashion Textile Centre

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Professor Becky Earley is the keynote speaker at a seminar organised by SP, the Technical Research Institute of Sweden, at Borås Textile Fashion Centre on 27th of April. The talk was part of ”The forest on the catwalk” event that focused on textiles and fashion from Swedish innovation. Moderated by the MISTRA Future Fashion communication manager Sigrid Barnekow, the event included speakers Mats Westin, Anna Palme, Mikael Lindström, Hans Grundberg and Kristina Elg Christoffersson.

What is needed to make the Swedish forest industry the fashion industry’s main supplier of raw materials? Today, research is ongoing in all parts of the supply chain, and examples abound of how forests can be converted into clothing. In an era of climate change we are changing the field in which new innovations are made through the encounter of different disciplines. What are the barriers for achieving a sustainable future economy? One thing we can be certain of is that the future garment production will not look like today.

Since five years SP has invited all industrial customers and collaboration partners to an annual event with presentations of exciting research projects, workshops and interactive exhibitions. This year SP organised six events each with a different theme, including MedTech, transport and automotive, and textiles.

Professor Earley’s keynote speech included the first catwalk show of the garments of the Textile Toolbox exhibition. Attendees were invited to interact with the samples and garment prototypes at the Textile Toolbox Pop Up show set up by Professor Becky Earley and Miriam Ribul in the Borås Textile Fashion Centre.

EAD 11 – The Value of Design Research


Professor Becky Earley is in Paris this week to present a paper at ‘EAD 11 – The Value of Design Research’, the 11th International European Academy of Design conference. The paper titled ‘A New ‘T’ for Textiles: Training Design Researchers to Inspire Buying Office Staff Towards Sustainability at Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)‘ is co-authored by Professor Becky Earley, Phil Hadridge and MISTRA PhD researchers Kirsti Reitan Andersen and Clara Vuletich.

The themes of the conference are:

  • Excellence in Design Research
  • Interdisciplinary Innovation
  • Towards more Human Value in Society
  • Design Research Value for Organisations


More information on the conference is available on the EAD website.

ENSAD Conference: Forging the Future

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TED Senior Research Fellow, Dr Kate Goldsworthy is presenting a paper entitled ‘Designing for a circular fashion economy: technology, collaboration and creativity’ at the 2015 ‘Forging the Future’ Conference Series at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris. The series of 9 lectures looks at how design and science can work together towards an ecologically minded future.

Alternating thinking and actors from the realms of science, economics, politics, culture and creativity including high-profile sustainable design academics Prof Jonathan Chapman and Alastair Fuad-Luke, the series unfolds in two main chapters;

Firstly, what do we understand by ‘an ecological practice’? What are its social, ethical, economic and political operating modes and conditions? Which urgent issues must it address today to be able to act meaningfully tomorrow?

Secondly, which current research projects, conducted in the arts, design or sciences have the potential to re-imagine an ecology that is in line with urban dynamics? What kind of knowledge do these projects contain and how might they build on one another towards a constructive outcome?

The full lecture series will be available to view on the conference website at http://www.cyclefaconnerlavenir.ensad.fr

Chelsea MA Textile Design Graduate wins SCAP award

Rhiannon Hunt SCAP AWARD

We are thrilled to announce that MA Chelsea Textile design graduate Rhiannon Hunt won the first SCAP award for ‘extending the life of clothing’. We have featured Rhiannon’s graduate work on our TED website as part of our TED Selects 2014 of the MA Textile Design Chelsea postgraduate show. We were delighted by her MA collection of sustainable materials and dyes that she developed into an online materials library. For the SCAP award she developed a new collection that demonstrates different strategies to extend the emotional attachment of garments.

The winner was announced during a SCAP networking event for signatories and supporters on 12 March. The judging for the ‘Extending the LIfe of Clothes Design Award‘ received 13 high quality entries. All innovative and inspirational finalist entries are featured on the Award website. Drapers, fibre2fashion.com and the Twitter hashtag #ELCaward generated large interest for this new and relevant Award for sustainable fashion.


The TEN sustainable design strategies workshop – Adhocism project

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TED researchers worked with all stage 2 BA Textile Design students at Chelsea for a The TEN strategies workshop in March. The team lead a brainstorming session for the Adhocism project where the students evaluated their practice through the lens of one selected sustainable design strategy.

Each group was lead by an expert that facilitated the discussion around a set of The TEN strategies:

  1. Kate Goldsworthy: TT1&2
  2. Kay Politowicz: TT1&2
  3. Helen Paine: TT3&4&5
  4. Philippa Wagner: TT6
  5. Josefin Landalv: TT8
  6. Miriam Ribul: TT6&9&10
  7. Bridget Harvey: TT6&9&10

The results of the workshop highlighted how the students recognise a layered approach to their designs, demonstrating how they already apply multiple strategies for sustainability when designing. The groups also presented the opportunities that emerge through sharing and collaborating.

Print Make Wear – Creative Projects for Textile Design

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We are thrilled to share that Melanie Bowles & The People’s Print will be launching their recently completed book Print Make Wear – Creative Projects for Digital Textile Design with Laurence King at Makerversity, New Wing, Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London. The new publication will be available online and in the shops at the end of March.

Print, Make, Wear by Melanie Bowles and The People’s Print and published by Laurence King in March 2015 features 14 original projects that will inspire you to create your own digitally printed textile designs.

Digital print techniques are inspired by traditional handcrafts such as patchwork and embroidery and can now be brought to life by utilising computer software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Print, Make, Wear offers 14 easy-to-follow projects that will see you making your own printed textiles in no time. Previously the preserve of professional designers or fashion and textile colleges, digital printing is now available in high-street bureaus, where anyone can send a file to be printed on the material of their choice, ready to make and wear. Truly individual style has never been so easy!

The 14 projects are:

  • Paintbrush Floral
  • Post Modern Play
  • Easy Boy Check
  • Vintage Floral
  • Hackney Lights
  • Bargello
  • Dress
  • Dahlia Skirt,
  • Clara’s Patchwork
  • Shibori
  • Colour Me In
  • Monotone Man
  • Stitched by Jane
  • Made in Brixton
  • Modern Folk

To purchase Print Make Wear click here.

‘Circular by Design’ Chiasma


Design in Action (DiA), a Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy based primarily at the University of Dundee, will host a ‘Chiasma’ innovation event on Wednesday 18th March.

The confirmed speakers are renowned British designer and pioneer of ethical and environmental fashion Katharine Hamnett, Professor Becky Earley and Dr Kate Goldsworthy from the Textile Futures Research Centre at the University of the Arts, London, and Dr Conny Bakker from TU Delft.

The Chiasma, entitled ‘Circular by Design‘, is being run in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, and will aim to transform thinking and support innovation for the textiles and fashion sector. Shaping the future through innovative design is one of the key challenges the University of Dundee aims to meet in its core mission to transform lives, locally and globally.

The two-day residential Chiasma will bring together participants from business, academia, design and beyond to ideate and create new products, processes or services that can develop a more sustainable textiles industry and promote a circular, less wasteful, economy. The most promising ideas then have an opportunity to apply for up to £20,000 commercialisation funding.

The Chiasma will take place at the Dalmahoy Marriot Hotel near Edinburgh from 18th–20th March. See more information about the event here.

Katherine Hamnett will deliver a public lecture at the Dalhousie Building at 12.30pm on Thursday 19th March. More information and free tickets can be obtained from http://www.designinaction.com/event/katharine-hamnett/.

Textile Toolbox Pop-Up at Resource event

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TED Researchers presented at two workshops as part of the leading industry Circular Economy event ‘Resource’ at ExCel this week.

In the morning, Dr  Kate Goldsworthy’s presented TED’s projects at the workshop ‘Towards a Circular Textile Industry – Exploring proactive approaches to realize circular material flows in the Textile Industry’, hosted by Circle Economy, Netherlands.

In the afternoon Kate was joined by Miriam Ribul to run a workshop hosted by the RSA and The Great Recovery. This session, ‘Round the Kitchen Table’ at the RSA stand, was a Pop-Up presentation of the Textile Toolbox exhibition and offered the opportunity for attendees to interact with textile samples that each explore strategies for design towards a sustainable future fashion industry.

Resource is the UK’s largest free-to-attend circular economy event. The full event listings are available on the Resource website. This event is open at the ExCel Centre from 3rd to 5th of March 2015.