Fashion/ Textile Design Residency

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Zero Waste Scotland, in partnership with the Salvation Army Trading Company Limited, are offering two residencies to fashion and textile designers who have been in business for a minimum of three years and have their own studio.

The brief is to create new collections from post-consumer clothing inspired by the key themes of the Love Your Clothes campaign.

For more information visit Zero Waste Scotland

Postdoctoral Research Assistant Vacancy, ‘Trash-2-Cash’ Project

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University of the Arts is now advertising for a full time, postdoctoral research assistant to undertake collaborative research in the field of textiles and material cyclability. The researcher will join the team for the EU-funded Horizon 2020 innovation project ‘Trash-to-Cash: Designed High-Value Products from Zero Waste Textiles and Fibres via Design Driven Technologies’. The ‘Trash-2-Cash’ project aims to solve the growing problems with paper fibre waste that originates from the continuously increasing textile consumption through design-driven innovation.

The successful candidate has doctoral qualifications in the relevant field such as design for cyclability, textile innovation, or material science as well as an active research profile and a record of published research in the field.

Please visit UAL’s website for more information.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/16

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The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create desirable sustainable clothing via zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction sustainable design techniques.

The 2015/16 competition cycle is open to fashion designers with less than three years’ professional experience and fashion design students living in any Asian or European country. A total of ten finalists from across the regions will be selected to come to Hong Kong in January 2016 to showcase their minimal waste collections at HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week where career-changing prizes will be awarded.

The application closing date is 15 August 2015. More information on the application process is available on the Award’s website.

Global Change Award

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Professor Becky Earley will be speaking at the launch of the Global Change Award in Stockholm on 25th of August.

The first Global Change Award is an innovation challenge by the H&M Conscious Foundation. It is going to be one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. By catalysing green, truly disruptive ideas the annual challenge’s aim is to protect the earth’s natural resources by closing the loop for fashion.

Professor Becky Earley will be part of the judging panel looking for bold ideas – great, disruptive ideas that can shape the future of how fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled and ultimately contribute to a positive long-term change for people and communities all around the world.

Five winners will get a one of a kind opportunity provided by the H&M Conscious Foundation in collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Accenture.

See more information on the Award and sign up for the latest updates here.

Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show 2015

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19 – 27 June 2015

Catch the ‘up and coming’ artists and designers of tomorrow at the Chelsea College of Arts Undergraduate Summer Show, featuring work by graduating students from the following courses:

BA Fine Art

BA Graphic Design Communication

BA Interior & Spatial Design

FdA Interior Design

BA Textile Design

Graduate Diploma Interior Design

Private View: Friday, 19 June, 6pm – 9pm

Public opening times:

Saturday, 20 June, 11am – 5pm

Sunday, 21 June, 11am – 5pm

Monday, 22 June, 10am – 8pm

Tuesday, 23 June, 10am – 8pm

Wednesday, 24 June , 10am – 8pm

Thursday, 25 June , 10am – 8pm

Friday, 26 June, 10am – 8pm

Saturday, 27 June, 11am – 5pm

Location:
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

Sign up to the Summer Shows mailing list to receive more information and an invitation to the private view.

TED Adhocism project 2015

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Mimi Kerpel – The Plastic Age

TED researchers Professor Kay Politowicz and Miriam Ribul co-curated an exhibition in the Banqueting Hall at Chelsea College of Arts to showcase the outcomes of Adhocism, a project with year 2 BA Textile Design students. Samples, selected from the 97 participating students in Weave, Knit and Print specialisms, demonstrated impressive craftsmanship and inventiveness in the exploration of textiles.

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Leah Kahn – Patterned Wood

Following a ‘TEN’ workshop in March, led by Dr Kate Goldsworthy and six other TED researchers, students developed their designs through the lens of The TEN sustainable design strategies. They took up a primarily conceptual position and then proposed professional design solutions by adopting a ‘build-to-think’ approach. Projects were exhibited in groups according to the chosen strategy, demonstrating the interconnectedness of multiple strategies for sustainability. Design ideas exhibited were packed with initiatives to change and invigorate systems of production. The students’ fresh-thinking proposed challenges and solutions for an industry that is highly responsive to technological innovation, but needs the courage of creative freedom to become more sustainable.

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Catherine Taylor – Adaptable Outerwear

Selected, leading textiles industry guests attended the exhibition opening. Sandy MacLennan (East Central Studios) was invited to evaluate the work for the excellence of research, process and product outcome and present prizes. A series of ‘honourable mentions’ were also announced to reflect the wide range of brilliant ideas demonstrated at the exhibition.

1st Prize: 

Mimi Kerpel - ‘The Plastic Age’

Runners Up:

Catherine Taylor - ‘UNISEX’

Leah Kahn - ‘Patterned Wood’

Honourable Mentions:

Liv Barnes – ‘Everything but the kitchen sink’

Sangyoon Chung – ‘Reconstruct the image’

Lottie Field – ‘Leather’

Catarina Fraga – ‘Camera-less photography’

Mila Harris-Mussi – ‘Para; Wrap the body against’

Georgina Wood – ‘Composite’

Hannah Shaw – ‘TROES’

Olivia Murray – ‘Where the wild things are’

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

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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.

Location

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

Textile Toolbox in Uppsala

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In May the Textile Toolbox Pop-up exhibition travelled with TED’s junior researcher Josefin Landalv to Upplandsmuseet in Sweden. The regions craft organization was celebrating their 100-year jubilee with a summer exhibition made by local craft talents.

The title of the exhibition is Craft is Life, and the pieces were inspired by the museum archives. Its main objectives are to question why we do craft today and illustrate craft as it exists in the present day. The crafters’ response is displayed under the themes: material, shape, the home, the human body and activism.

Josefin’s Textile Toolbox exhibit Sweaver is part of the exhibition. The piece, which is a sample collection woven out of Swedish post consumer textile waste and TENCEL yarn, suggests a service between Swedish hand weavers and its consumers. Sweden does not currently recycle any textile waste and most of it is incinerated. Through this proposed service and skilled craftsmanship textile waste could get a second life instead of going up in flames.

After the exhibition launch the visitors were invited to listen to a talk in the auditorium about the Textile Toolbox project. The Textile Toolbox Exhibition is a collection of ten pieces created by the TED researchers in collaboration with scientists, academics and professionals for the end of the first phase of the MISTRA Future Fashion Project. The different exhibition pieces create a toolkit of instructions, which aim to assist textile designers to make better-informed decisions that lead to more sustainable products.

Following the talk there was time for the audience to have a closer look at the exhibits and ask questions. The main feedback from the spectators was that the Textile Toolbox content made them feel more aware of the issues when creating sustainable textiles and inspired them to do something about it. The crowd, who were mostly members of the local craft organisation found that Strategy 1 – Design to Minimize Waste and Strategy 6 – Design that Takes Models from Nature and History, were particularly relevant for their own practice. Great interest was also shown for the aesthetics and the DIY personalisation aspects of Professor Becky Earley’s upcycled polyester top Fast Refashion. A number of the crafters also said they would be interested in a national upcycling service such as Sweaver.

Holistic Fashion Design book chapter

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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.