This spring’s team commitments in Sweden also include a workshop and paper presentation at the 10th EAD Crafting the Future Conference in Gothenburg in April. Professor Becky Earley collaborates with Jen Ballie (TED PhD student) and Otto von Busch (Konsfact University Sweden) on a hands-on workshop. TED PhD Researcher Clara Vuletich has successfully submitted a paper and will present this at the conference.
Titled Black Hack Chat, the workshop will combine two design activism research projects – The Black Hack where Earley worked with participants on upcycling old polyester shirts and Old is the New Black, where Ballie and von Busch re-worked old clothes using black paint. The aim of the workshop is to push the boundaries of textile design practice through co-design to identify how it can be used as a tool for citizen engagement, for both: the individual creating for themselves, and the retailer who wishes to creatively engage with their products over a longer time frame.
The paper ‘We Are Disruptive: New Practices for Fashion/Textile Designers in the Supply Chain’ explores a recently completed project as part of the Clara’s PhD research (funded by MISTRA Future Fashion research project 2011), that examines how a designer can use design skills throughout a supply chain to identify opportunities to improve both environmental and social impacts for a company.
Image: Black Hack, Sept 2012