TED PhD student to present at International Conference


Emmeline Child will be presenting at the 90th Textile Institute World Conference hosted by the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP) in Poznan, Poland, in April 2016. The aim of the conference will be to establish international interdisciplinary cooperation in various fields of science, research and economy that are linked by textile technology in its broadest sense.

Emmeline will be presenting ‘An auto ethnographic review of 48 pieces from the Emmeline 4 Re collections: Defining barriers and gains leading to successful upcycling’. Using pieces from upcycled collections between 2004 and 2009, the review was carried out at product level and sought to understand and reflect on strengths and weaknesses of the collections. Working through pieces chronologically, Emmeline made observations based on material selection, design, manufacture and ease of sortation, in order to draw insights into potential successful models and methods for upcycling in the future.

This is part of Emmeline’s wider TED PhD research titled, Scaling-Up Upcycling: Designing Creative Models for Increasing the Rates of the Commercial Reuse of Post Consumer Textile Waste.