The Department of Repair

Department of Repair Bridget Harvey

As part of her PhD research, Bridget Harvey has co-curated The Department of Repair at the Camberwell Space. The Department of Repair explores (re)making through fixing, repairing and mending. The project reframes the theme of ‘repair’, exploring its identities and its potential as an environmentally/socially engaged practice. The project aims to create space for broader interpretations of repairing, fixing and/or mending practice, exploring categories such as repair narratives, agents, materials, and methods/systems.

The project begins with an exhibition which showcases approaches to mending, guides and tools of repair. For the first three weeks, visiting (re)makers, (re)designers and repairers, who demonstrate and teach repair and re-making skills will run drop-in workshops. Outcomes from the workshops will be then added to the existing set of exhibits to form a larger exhibition.  A two-part publication will complement the project with writings by and about the repairers and exhibits involved in the project.
With a fully zero waste aim for the project and accompanying publication, The Department of Repair will engage with the act/notion of repair more through reuse of materials, as a form of recycling with less environmental impact. All furniture for the exhibition is being made from reclaimed materials and will be distributed for further use or dismantled back into materials after the exhibition. The publication, which documents the entire process of the project is being hand printed onto reclaimed paper, and will be produced on demand in small batches to avoid large waste quantities at the end of the project
Project contributors include: Roger Arquer (designer), Carl Clerkin (designer), Fixperts (an open knowledge sharing platform for fixing), Hendzel and Hunt (furniture designer/maker using reclaimed and sustainable materials), Tom of Holland (darning), Harry Owen (leather work), Restart Project (electrical repairs), Second Sitters (upholstery), Hans Stofer (artist), Yuri Suzuki (sound art & design), David Cross (artist), Michael Marriott (designer), Chris Cawkwell, (socially-engaged art practice), Tim Mitchell (photographer/artist/educator).

Exhibition and workshops: Monday 12 January 2015 – Friday 30 January 2015
Exhibition continues: Monday 2 February 2015 – Friday 20 February 2015
Private View: 3 February 2015, 5.30 – 8pm 
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

The full workshop program is available hereAll workshops will take place at Camberwell Space as part of the exhibition.
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Sustainable Fashion seminar at Stockholm University


In A Reverse Fashion


Clara Vuletich, the TED PhD candidate with MISTRA Future Fashion took part in a PhD seminar on Sustainable Fashion at the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University in May. Twelve PhD students presented their research from a range of disciplines including social science, fashion theory, textile design and management studies. The Convenors were Hazel Clarke (Parsons, NY), Andrea Kollnitz  (Stockholm Uni.), and Alessandra Vaccari (University IUAV,Venice). Projects included a case study of sustainable brand Patagonia using Stewart Brand’s framework of The Long Now; a study of ‘slow fashion’ in Canada; and an investigation of fashion design/creativity within the organisational context of a  fashion brand. The convenors summarised the overall themes covered as:

  • Importance of new methods in fashion design education to incorporate sustainability
  • The notion of time in fashion and sustainability – slow, fast, long timeframes, short timeframes
  • Sustainability and Modernism: an historical perspective on sustainable fashion is vital, ‘art as fashion’ and activism in fashion has it’s roots in modernism
  • Place/Geography/National Identity: the stories behind fashion brands and heritage
  • Consumption and users of fashion: most discourse has focused on production or design, but consumption is as important and under-explored
  • Slow: is the concept helpful? Is it outdated? Do consumers of fashion or designers use this term

The convenors found it “invigorating” to see projects from theory and practice being brought together, and they emphasised that in fashion design education these two aspects should not exist in isolation. They also felt the fashion designer’s role needs to be more critically evaluated, as there is little understanding of how fashion designer’s ‘do’ design in the academic literature.

Post-Carbon Design Workshop, Berlin

TED PhD students Bridget Harvey and Clara Vuletich will facilitate a workshop at Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin this week. Working with students on a local sustainable development project, they will apply design thinking to create new concepts for a local region in Germany that has suffered from low employment and diminishing populations.

Clara will be introducing The TEN design strategies, her research on ‘sustainable designerly ways of knowing’, and the character Ms. Bricolage she is developing in order to communicate and encourage the students to think about more holistic ways to approach the design process.

Redress Forum 2014: Designer Challenge with Miele / Redress

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.

Research Degrees Open Evening

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

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TFRC/TED PhD showcase event

Seven PhD students at the Textile Futures Research Centre will present their latest work on Tuesday 11th of June. Amongst them are four PhD candidates from TED, the sustainable strategy platform within TFRC: Clara Vuletich, Matilda Aspinall, Emmeline Child and Jennifer Ballie. All PhD candidates will also talk about their experience researching and studying for a PhD. A question & answer session will allow for questions from the audience after the presentations.

The event will be at the Lecture Theatre Room G05, University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY, from 2-5pm. Registration is required via Eventbrite following this link. We look forward to seeing you there.


New York trip – Kirsti Reitan Andersen

MISTRA PhD researcher Kirsti Reitan Andersen recently visited companies in New York together with Olof Werngren from Berlin based Swedish company Durated. Durated’s blog features more info about their visits. Kirsti has also met with Bob Bland from Manufacture NY, and has summed up her thoughts about the project on the MISTRA PhD students blog.

Kirsti is a PhD researcher on Project 1 of MISTRA Future Fashion, looking at new business models for sustainable fashion, and has opted for an engaged scholarship with us at Textiles Environment Design. Kirsti’s work focuses on how THE TEN and other tools from the research team are being embedded into companies and how they contribute to sustainable decision-making.

Durated is currently developing a new e-commerce platform that will include insights into the production, logistics and social aspects of the purchased products for conscious consumers. This will contribute to follow the life-story of a product from cradle to grave, to support changes of owners or even to resell the products through the company itself.

PhD Application deadline 5th of April

Image: Work by TED PhD student Emmeline Child

TED has been chatting to many potential PhD candidates recently. The deadline for applications for funding for a research degree at University of the Arts London in the 2013/2014 academic year is on on Friday 5th of April next week. University of the Arts London offers many different research areas and applicants are required to select which of the Colleges would be best placed to support their proposed research project.

Information regarding each college and its specialisms can be consulted on the college research web pages:


Applications can be made using an application pack and it is recommended to identify research staff and potential supervisors from the world class cohort of researchers at UAL. More information on key research contacts at the University and Funding Opportunities can be found here.

Skills Development for Researchers in Design Practice (SKIP)

This week TED and TFRC will host the AHRC funded Skills Development for Researchers in Design Practice (SKIP). An ongoing collaboration between PhD researchers from Royal College of Art, Kingston University, and University of the Arts London, this session is titled Sustainable Design Thinking & Material Selection.

A series of short talks and a workshop from Chelsea College of Art and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design will include TFRC researchers; Becky Earley, Dr Kate Goldsworthy, Caroline Till and Clara Vuletich. The talks and the workshops will be framed by TED’s TEN, and will demonstrate how TFRC is actively landscaping sustainability as a space for design innovation. The focus of the workshop is to test the new Toolbox for designers – a kit full of inspiring industry studies and design thinking exercises- and will be designed to create innovative product and business model prototypes.

The event is only for SKIP PhD researchers, but further information about SKIP can be found here.

PhD Open Day at Chelsea College of Art & Design

TED will be part of the Research Degree Open Day for CCW at Chelsea College of Art & Design on Monday 4th of March. Organised by the CCW Graduate School, the event invites prospective research degree applicants to find out more about research degrees at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Art & Design. A few short presentations will introduce the variety of PhD students at CCW, and research centre representatives will be introduced for participants to meet and ask questions. More information about current research degrees can be found here.

TED researchers and current PhD students are looking forward to talking with prospective students – and are looking to develop proposals with applicants specifically around: sustainable textiles, materials and processes; sustainable design strategy; systems and services design for textiles and fashion; and sustainable interior/living applications and contexts.

Please join us in the Green Room at Chelsea College of Art & Design from 5pm to 7pm. For more information on how to find us please follow this link and RSVP to Follow us on Twitter @TEDTextiles #CCWPhD