Meet Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker Sophie Thomas

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Graphic and communication designer Sophie Thomas has been working in the fields of sustainable design and material process for over 15 years. She is the Founding Director for Thomas Matthews and Director of Circular Economy at the RSA. Her long term interest in sustainability and materials has led her to share her experience of closed loop thinking with other designers, and in 2012 she founded The Great Recovery, a programme to build capacity and understanding of circular design in the materials supply chain through practical exploration.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
I have gone back into my communication design practice and am beginning to work with businesses who want to ‘be circular’ but are unsure how to start and what it actually means.

I am also developing ideas around how designers can develop Ocean Friendly Design, specifically tackling marine plastic through active programmes. Both these pieces are continuing my conviction that seeing is believing and the way to lean this stuff can be kicked off through kinaesthetic learning. As Great Recovery participant Rich Gilbert said: You can read blogs and reports all you like, but you will never forget the smell of a landfill site.

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?
I will be sharing the developed methodology of how you can design a circular business and how to understand which of the circular design models you should be designing to. We have been developing the circular economy edition of the double diamond.

 

Tell us about what you are excited to bring back from the conference?
For me it’s all about people, their projects and research and networking. When I meet a bright spark with a ‘crazy but it might just work’ idea I get very excited and go through my mental rotadex to see who I can connect them with.

Meet Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker Ed Van Hinte

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Ed van Hinte is a Dutch engineer, design critic, writer and educator with a degree in Industrial Design and Engineering from the University of Technology in Delft.

He has written and published many books some of which concern the consequences of diminishing material production and consumption. Some relevant titles are:

  • product lifespan extension in Eternally Yours
  • mass reduction in Lightness Studios.

He has delivered workshops on design and architecture all over the world, and in December 2014 received the Pierre Bayle lifetime achievement award for design criticism. Ed is involved in design research at DRS22 in The Hague, a multidisciplinary research facility for young designers that he started with graphic designer Renate Boere.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on a few projects right now:

  1. I’m continuing my exploration into the design of a lightweight standard house
  2. I’m researching ways to cultivate the value of used fleece, with fashion designer Conny Groenewegen
  3. And my main focus is writing a brand new book (working title Designing Lightness) as part of a campaign to understand lightweight structures, together with Adriaan Beukers, Erik Wong and Nai010 Publishers

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?

Controversially I’m going to say that circularity is not the right thing to aim for. I’ll convince you that we should focus on cultivating value over time, and minimising the flow of materials instead. Come to my talk to learn more!

 

Tell us about what you are excited to bring back from the conference?

Hopefully I will learn about projects showing the way to both a richer and a much more modest future civilisation

Meet Elin Larsson – Sustainability Director at Filippa K & Circular Transitions Keynote Speaker

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Mini Bio
Elin Larsson has been the Sustainability Director at Filippa K since 2011. But she’s been with Filippa K since 1996 in a vast range of roles, so the responsible ethos of the stylish brand runs deep for her.

Having experience in logistics and supply chain management, sales, and project management gives her unique insight into how business functions will need to go from disconnected to connected in a circular economy. She’s currently working on strategies to demonstrate that environmental and commercial sustainability can comfortably coexist.

Elin also has qualifications in Sustainable Transition (exploring the crossover between politics, the economy, and environment) from Jönköping University in Sweden.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
It’s an exciting time. We’re at the beginning of a long journey to fundamentally redesign the conditions, rules, and expectations for a ‘responsible’ fashion industry and right now my team is testing new models that fit within the circular economy  – or as we at Filippa K say – our new business models respect ‘planetary boundaries’.

Our industry must change, that fact is indisputible. Either you ignore that…or you become part of the transformation and that is what we have chosen. We are highly motivated and determined to succeed.

 

What will you share at the conference that people haven’t heard before?
Our mission is to help our users build a sustainable and curated wardrobe. That seems to many like an overwhelming challenge, but I’ll be sharing how our initiatives are guiding us towards new business models and solutions that we hope will lead industry best practice.

 

Tell us about what you are excited to bring back from the conference?
It is a big system change that is needed, and organisations can’t expect to achieve success by working alone. We’re hoping to inspire others with our presentation, but also to see how others are approaching this big challenge and hopefully bring that inspiration home with us. We all need to work together to drive big change. I look forward to meeting with you all at the conference!

TED Keynote at Beyond Green Event, Amsterdam

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This Friday TED Researcher Dr. Kate Goldsworthy will be giving a keynote at the second edition of BEYOND GREEN: Towards a Zero Waste Industry, in Amsterdam.

 

Organised by Circle Economy and The Amsterdam Fashion Institute the event aims to use the collective power of students and industry to tackle critical issues throughout the fashion system. The event will unpack the practical challenges and opportunities surrounding the topic of zero waste, through inspirational and international keynote speakers and action-focused workshops led by industry experts.

 

The speaker lineup includes Isaac Nichelson (Chief Sustainability & Marketing Officer at Recover), Cyndi Rhoades (Founder/CEO of Worn Again), Gwen Cunningham (Lead Textiles Programme at Circle Economy), Tamara Koch (AMFI Graduate), Zil Vostalova (AMFI Graduate) & Jessie Kroon (Founder of A New Zero). The event is sold out but will be available to watch through live streaming.

 

Inspiration

Pioneering brands and innovators, as well as promising students will take to the stage to debate the latest developments in the field of circular fashion. From game-changing material recovery technologies to innovative closed-loop business models, what does a zero waste fashion industry look like?

 

Action

Through expert-led workshops, on company-specific challenges, Beyond Green provides a platform through which the next generation of motivated fashion professionals and seasoned industry pros will take the next steps in uncovering and designing new, innovative solutions to the age-old challenge of waste and the future of fashion.

Circular Transitions – The Big Themes

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The Circular Transition Conference is fast approaching and this series of blogposts will keep you up date with the latest news and developments as the final pieces of the event fall into place. The conference, which is part of a research project for the Mistra Future Fashion consortium will be the first global event to bring together academic and industry research for fashion textiles for the circular economy.

During the coming weeks we will introduce the four keynote speakers Cyndi Rhoades (Worn Again), Sophie Thomas (Thomas Matthews, The Great Recovery), Elin Larsson (Filippa K) and Ed van Hinte (Lightness Studio/ DRS22). The speakers will focus on the three sub themes of the conference: Materials, Models and Mindsets. We will also start announcing the exhibitors who are a group of pioneers demonstrating the latest innovative materials, processes and design models in this field.

TED Researcher to Speak at Sustainable Fashion Event with the Queen of Sweden

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Everything you can imagine is real –  Bea Szenfeld

 

This week Professor Rebecca Earley will speak at the Facing the Fashion Paradigm shift – The Relevance of Sustainability Seminar at the opening of the Everything you can imagine is real exhibition in Berlin.

 

The event will be attended by Her Royal Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden who officially will inaugurate the exhibition and open the seminar.

 

In connection to the exhibition, an expert seminar moderated by Chairman Rolf Heimann, hessnatur Foundation will take place. Among others, participants such as the Sustainability Manager at H&M, Hendrik Heuermann, Sustainability Director Elin Larsson, Filippa K and author Magdalena Schaffrin, will take part in the discussions. Can different business cycles from fast fashion to slow fashion be a way to tackle irreversible challenges in the fashion industry?

 

The exhibition presents images created by The Royal Swedish Opera with Stockholm Graphics, Karolina Henke, Carl Thorborg and Stina Wirsén and last but not least 15 artworks from the paper collection Haute papier – the white Collection –  from Bea Szenfeld. The spectacular handmade creations are the result from crafts and ideas rooted in a desire to make society more equal and open, hence the name of the exhibition.

New Trash-2-Cash Podcast – Meet Tina

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In this new podcast, Trash-2-Cash Researcher Tina Mueller of Copenhagen Business School explains why the Intention-Behavior gap is important in understanding consumer perceptions of recycled goods. To learn more about social marketing and sustainability research from the customer’s perspective, go to iTunes or SoundCloud to listen. Don’t forget to subscribe so you receive all new episodes automatically!

Enabling Research to Change

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Our Swedish project partner Mistra Future Fashion has opened up a new funding opportunity;  Enabling Research to Change. It’s a call for new ideas that contribute to a systemic change of the fashion industry, making it circular and more sustainable. 60, 000 are offered to support new ideas for enabling research to change.

 

The clock is ticking for the transformation needed for the fashion industry to become sustainable. Efforts to find breakthrough ways to change are right now happening around the world. Most prominent researchers are engaged, supported by front running fashion companies. To stretch further – this is a call for additional breakthrough ideas that are worth being further explored! Mistra Future Fashion offers 60,000 € to support new ideas for enabling research to change.

 

Mistra Future Fashion is one the biggest research programs in the world and consists of a consortium of researchers and fashion industry actors that act towards the change – on how to design for circular economy, how to promote a more sustainable circular supply chain, how to enable user to act sustainable, and how to increase recycling. We now call for new additional ideas and partners that can strengthen our efforts on our journey to enable a systemic change of fashion industry.

 

Key focus areas that will be prioritized are “Digitalization”, “Implementation” and “Scale-up of Services”.

 

Deadline 30th of November 2016

TED PhD Researcher to Speak at Design + Research + Society

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TED PhD researcher Miriam Ribul has been selected to present her practice-based PhD research at the PhD By Design event at the Design + Research + Society (DRS) Conference this week. Miriam’s practice-based research is at the intersection of material science and design research. She is exploring how design can offer new insights for textiles when designers intervene with materials; not in their finished form, but in the science laboratory. The aim of this PhD research is to develop a design-led paradigm for textile manufacturing in the context of a 21st century circular economy.

 

Design + Research + Society (DRS) Conference runs on the 28th – 30th June at the University of Brighton. The event celebrates the Design Research Society in its 50th Anniversary year. In connection to the DRS conference, this event will explore what the future holds for design research and how this future is being enacted through practice-based PhD design projects right now. The main questions that the conference seek to explore are:

 

  • How do current PhDs in Design, frame and address the societal problems that face us?
  • In what ways are practice-based PhDs influencing ideas about Design and working as a designer?
  • How does current practice-based design research contribute to re-shaping our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways?

FastSlow MA Textiles TED Project Launch

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The launch of FastSlow was an intense experience of ideas related to material cyclability. MA Textile Design students participated with enthusiasm in a series of talks and workshops led by practicing textile designers and researchers. The lectures and workshops were designed to demonstrate opportunities and tools to map the full potential of design decisions. The focus was the engagement of today’s textile designer in a material and social economy. A diverse range of solutions was developed by students, in their own, imagined, ‘slow’ design scenarios.

Collaborative, creative workshops led by Emmeline Child and Katherine May, inspired students to explore a series of ideas through the use of often familiar materials applied in new ways. As a result, students proposed transformative actions as potential disruptions to the fashion system. The products that were being conceived, acted as systems in their own right. Creative repair, personal reflection and adaptation of traditional hand techniques were applied to existing individual studio practice. Individual making sessions were propelled by a poetic introduction of chosen words delivered, at intervals, to create a changing focus for thought. Group discussion and material manipulation encouraged students to acquire the practices and skills necessary to make key changes through design.

Written by Kay Politowicz