The last week in February saw the start of the second Elective program run by TED at Konstfack University of the Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. The Elective 2013-2014 is titled ‘Material Journeys‘ and will explore the objects we design as material life-cycles or stories. Workshops will be delivered on cyclability, creative writing and visualisation, using THE TEN to provoke sustainable thinking as part of an ‘interconnected design process’.. The Elective course is run by Guest Professors Dr Kate Goldsworthy with Professor Kay Politowicz between February and April 2014. Guest lecturers Miriam Ribul, from TED and Sandy MacLennan, from London based consultancy East Central Studios’ will join the team during the course.
The course is designed for students from across the disciplines including Textile, Industrial Design, Storytelling, Ceramics and Glass courses at Konstfack, each bringing their own individual approach to the materials agenda.
Last year’s Elective program was titled Manifesto for Creative Innovation and concluded in a Zine produced by the students and a final exhibition of work. Guest Professor Becky Earley ran a Black Hack workshop with the students during the Spring term 2013.
The magazine for the Redress Forum 2014 in Hong Kong this January is now available to read online. The magazine features the finalists for the EcoChic Design Award 2013 and the contribution from sustainability experts to the Forum, including the workshop led by TED researchers on day one. THE TEN are featured in the UK sustainable frontline guide on page 32.
Read the magazine here.
As one of a series of ’No More Stuff’ events being staged at CSM for Green Week 2014, CSM’s Socially Responsive Design Research Group and Fashion In Film invite you to a public screening of the 1951 Ealing comedy Man in the White Suit. To be followed by a panel discussion exploring the film’s themes of dematerialisation, disruptive innovation, sustainability and industry.
The film is about a research scientist working in the textile mills of Manchester who creates what appears to be an everlasting cloth that never needs cleaning and never wears out. The ramifications of the material for entrenched commercial and social interests becomes apparent and the film finds the scientist being chased through the streets of Manchester by Industrialists and Unions alike.
This films storyline entertainingly raises some serious issues relating to the theme of No More Stuff. Particularly, the role of production and consumption of material goods as it relates to employment and entrenched commercial interests. In 1951 the Academy award nominated screenplay concluded that the textile industry wasn’t ready for No More Stuff. 63 years on, are we any closer to embracing No More Stuff? Should we be? Are there alternative socially beneficial strategies to be considered? What knowledge and skills are required of designers to negotiate this changing landscape?
▪ Professor Becky Earley – Textiles Sustainability and Design/Textiles Futures Research Centre, UAL
▪ Professor Barry Curtis – Critical and Historical Studies, Royal College of Art
▪ Cyndi Rhoades – Founder, Closed Loop Executive Officer, Worn Again
▪ James Wallman – Journalist, Trend Forecaster and Author of Stuffocation
▪ Marketa Ulihrova – Fashion in Film, UAL
▪ Adam Thorpe – Socially Responsive Design Research Group/Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab, UAL
The event on Thursday 13th of February will be at the Central Saint Martins, LVMH Lecture Theatre, E003, from 6.00 – 8.30 pm. Registration is required via Eventbrite.
This week TED researchers Professor Kay Politowicz and Dr Kate Goldsworthy are in New York working with Parsons The New School for Design in their brand new University Centre which opened this week on 5th Avenue.
They will be delivering a series of talks to students and staff during the week long visit, presenting the work of TED and TFRC researchers to faculty staff and invited industry guests as well as running a Zero Waste Plus workshop with fashion students studying under Timo Rissanen.
Rissanen’s work in ethical and sustainable fashion design is aimed at awakening industry to its systemic flaws. For his doctoral dissertation, he explored ways sustainable practices could be implemented in the industry and in the process coined the term ‘zero waste fashion design.’
The workshop will use an ‘interconnected design thinking’ exercise to incorporate strategies from THE TEN into the students Zero Waste design projects.
MISTRA Projects 1 and 3 contributed to the Redress Forum 2014 in Hong Kong as part of their ‘THE TEN in China‘ field research. The forum was a two-day seminar in Hong Kong that asked ‘What is the future of the fashion industry?’.
Earley’s invitation only, eight hour educational workshop in collaboration with Redress and Miele on day one, saw each of the eight The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Finalists and 11 Hong Kong designers develop their own kit to make an up cycled shirt, and co-create a Hong Kong Shirt for the project 3 online exhibition later this year. The Miele challenge video can be viewed online.
Day two was a full day seminar of panel discussions and workshops, and the forum concluded on day three with the awards of the EcoChic Design finalists 2013. Read more about the Forum following this link.
University of the Arts London (UAL) will host its open evening for prospective research degree applicants. Join us at London College of Fashion on the 14th of January 2013 from 6.00PM – 8.00PM.
You will have the opportunity to find out more about the degrees offered at UAL, ask questions and meet staff and students involved with the research degree programme across the six colleges. Existing Students will give presentations at 18.00 repeated at 19.00 regarding their experiences at UAL.
As a researcher under TFRC and TED across Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts, you will become a part of a wide community of practice-based and design-lead researchers from a centre operating within an institution with a strong historical and influential reputation of design practice and specialist teaching.
If you would like to attend the open evening and find out more please book your place by visiting the research degrees open evening events page.
Rootstein Hopkins Space, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ
Professor Becky Earley will deliver a keynote presentation, facilitate workshops and contribute to the panel discussion at the Redress Forum 2014 next week. The forum is a two-day seminar in Hong Kong that asks ‘What is the future of the fashion industry?’ as a wide range of more sustainable fashion manufacturing and product development ideas and practices emerge around the world.
Professor Becky Earley will be joined by TED PhD students Bridget Harvey and Emmeline Child on this MISTRA trip. The participation at the forum is part of the ‘THE TEN in China’ field research with MISTRA Future Fashion Project 1 PhD student Kirsti Reitan Andersen, more about this project can be found on our blog here.
The Redress Forum will explore the challenges and opportunities faced by Asian and European designers, manufacturers and retailers as they strive to embrace more environmentally sustainable practices to discover the new drivers determining the road ahead.
TED will run an invitation only, eight-hour educational workshop in collaboration with Redress and Miele on day one. The workshop takes the eight The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Finalists and 12 Hong Kong designers on an educational experience in a clothing recycling warehouse, followed by two separate sessions for the designers to re-think fashion and learn new techniques that can give discarded clothes a new life and keep them in the fashion loop.
Day two is a full-day seminar of panel discussions and workshops, which is supported by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (HKTDC), which takes place during Hong Kong Fashion Week. The seminar is free to attend and is open to all fashion industry professionals, students and media.
- Orsola de Castro, Co-founder, From Somewhere, Co-founder and Curator, Estethica
- Hon Felix Chung Kwok Pan, Member of Legislative Council (Textiles and Garment Functional Constituency)
- Charles Dickinson, Head of Global Quality Management and Sustainability, Esprit
- Rebecca Earley, Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design, Textiles Environment Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
- Ashley Hegland, Director Sustainability Practice, Edelman
- Edwin Keh, CEO, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel
- Kate Lin, Campaigner, Greenpeace
- Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman, Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC)
- Tracy Pang, Principal Consultant, Carbon Reset
- Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President Asia-Pacific, BSR
- Esben Rahbek Gjerdrum Pedersen, Professor, Department of Intercultural Communication and Management, Director, Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Copenhagen Business School
- Debra Tan, Director, China Water Risk
- Clara Vuletich, PhD Fellow, Textiles Environment Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
- Pat-Nie Woo, Director, Central Textiles (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Read more following this link.
We are really pleased to announce our Textiletoolbox website launched exactly one year ago, and has already reached 12,100 visits worldwide.
Textile Toolbox is TED’s online platform platform with MISTRA Future Fashion in Sweden. This open innovation website is a platform for designers and experts to engage with new ideas. The site is being used to help build the discourse around THE TEN – a set of sustainable design strategies which drive innovative action and concepts for the textile and fashion industry. Each section on the site is led by one or more experts from different disciplines, chosen by TED, who contribute with key case studies and interviews with leading industry stakeholders. The content focuses on inspirational projects and also on the challenges the industry faces in shifting towards systemic industry change. Together we consider how to lessen impacts, improve function, and make connections. The contributions challenge aesthetics, process, production and lifecycle issues around products, and inspire the TED researchers to create new design briefs for the next phase of the project.
The articles are building the first incarnation of the Textiletoolbox website. In 2014 the site will gradually transform into the stage 2 version – the online exhibition.
So far we have posted following texts, with more coming in January 2014:
- Design to Reduce the Need to Consume, Professor Jonathan Chapman, Aug 7th 2012
- Design to Reduce Chemical Impacts, Sandy MacLennan, Aug 7th 2012
- Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use, Emma Rigby, Oct 7th 2012
- Design that Looks at Models from History, Matilda Aspinall, Oct 7th 2012
- Design Activism , Dr Otto von Busch, Nov 13th 2012
- Design for Ethical Production, Clara Vuletich, Dec 3rd 2012
- Design to Minimise Waste, Dr Timo Rissanen, Dec 17th 2012
- Synergies: Aesthetic Sustainability, Kristine Harper, Dec 17th 2012
- Design for Cyclability: Design for Recycling/Upcycling, Sass Brown, Feb 5th 2013
- Design to Reduce the Need to Consume, Professor Jonathan Chapman, Feb 20th 2013
- Design that Takes Models from History: November in Florence, Matilda Aspinall, Feb 20th 2013
- Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use: Laundry Behaviour, Emma Rigby, Mar 5th 2013
- Synergies: The Aura of Things, Kristine Harper, Mar 18th 2013
- Synergies, Dr Alison Gwilt, Mar 19th 2013
- Design for Cyclability: Pre Consumer Waste, Sass Brown, Apr 23rd 2013
- Synergies: Production Models, Dr Alison Gwilt, Mar 19th 2013
- Design to Minimise Waste: Designing Lean, Dr Timo Rissanen, Apr 23rd 2013
- Design to Reduce Energy and Water Use: Collaborations , Emma Rigby, May 7th 2013
- Design that Takes Models from History: Cash for Clothing, Has Much Changed?, Matilda Aspinall, Feb 20th 2013
- Synergies: Aesthetic Strategy, Kristine Harper, May 7th 2013
- Design Activism: Design Agonism , Dr Otto von Busch, June 24th 2013
- Design Activism: Design Alternatives , Dr Otto von Busch, July 22nd 2013
- Design to Reduce the Need to Consume: Repair, Professor Jonathan Chapman, July 22nd 2013
- Design for Cyclability: Post Consumer Waste, Sass Brown, July 22nd 2013
- Synergies: Meeting New Consumer Needs, Dr Alison Gwilt, Sep 17th 2013
We invite everyone to submit their comments, suggestions and ideas to us. Please follow us and send us feedback through Twitter @Textiletoolbox, and get news and updates by signing up to our Mailing List. Watch this space for the official launch date of the exhibition in 2014, and get ready to try our workshops out, wherever you may be!
TFRC Associate Researchers Anne Marr and Jo Morrison have published a paper in the new The Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice Volume 1 Issue 1 this month. The paper which is entitled Threads and Yarns: Intergenerational Engagement and Cross-Disciplinary Research through Textiles discusses Threads and Yarns, a three-phase intergenerational textile project exploring personal accounts of health and well-being as part of the Wellcome Trust’s 75th anniversary program. Project participants engaged in creative making workshops and shared their own biomedical histories. These personal accounts were then examined by researchers of science, history of medicine and medical humanities, as well as textile design students. Each researcher developed responses that were presented at a public engagement event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in July 2011. The students used their experience to inform their research exploring textile trends within a social context, and their resultant films were also featured at the event.
The paper demonstrates how communal crafting can be used as a cross-disciplinary research tool to facilitate valuable insights into the past and future of health and well- being, and to inform socio-responsive textile design research practice.
Professor Becky Earley will be hosting a special open workshop for London based small and medium sized fashion and textile companies and entrepreneurs on Thursday 28th November 2013. Running as a part of the AHRC and FIRE Up Project, the workshop will focus on how to grow your business using funding, which options are currently available, and how to move it in a greener and/or more technological direction.
The session will be introduced by the project’s principal investigator Professor Sandy Black and speakers will include Adam Thorpe (Vexed). Others will be be announced next week.
Contact Becky Earley to book a FREE place, 2pm – 5pm, with drinks after, at LCF Oxford Circus.