Future. Fashion. Economics.
DeNAture is featured in the newly published book 'Future. Fashion. Economics. The book re-defines the concept of sustainability. Authors Jana Kern and Alex Vogt combine the spirit of innovation with new thinking patterns and paint a future-oriented picture of the fashion and textile industry. Based on scenarios, best-practice examples, dossiers and expert interviews, they highlight current developments and make recommendations for successful, responsible action. This book is a must-read for decision makers and strategists in fashion, retail and creative businesses, and for all those who want to take a different perspective on corporate management and value creation.
Brighton, June 27th-30th 2016
Accepted presentation for the PhD by Design event as part of the Design+Research+Society conference. Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm basis for our understanding of design. DRS2016 considers how design research can help us address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead. The conference asks three questions: How can design research help frame and address the societal problems that face us? How can design research be a creative and active force for rethinking ideas about Design? How can design research shape our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways? DRS2016 is hosted by the University of Brighton in the UK, in association with the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London (where the very first meeting of the Design Research Society was held in 1966).
MATERIALS UNBOUND: POST-DIGITAL FASHION
LCF Fashion Space Gallery, November 20th 2015
POSTmatter presented a series of talks to outline the far-reaching influence of the digital age. In it, they identify a clear, practice-based backdrop of new machine-based tools, computer-led software, and emergent materials within fashion and design. Making it clear that this goes far beyond the zeitgeist of 3D printing alone, POSTmatter address the increasing emergence of a digital influence within traditional craftsmanship, from glitches rendered in wax, to pixels woven into rugs. Most of all, they have established a distinct focus on the overlaps and tensions between the physical and digital realms, expanding outwards into its creative implications for the fashion world. Participated as panelist for the event.
CCW, UAL, November, November 5th 2015
Material Passports is a workshop designed to explore fast material cycles through the various stages of the lifecycle. The development and delivery of this workshop in the Autumn 2015 was part of the TED Research project with MA Textile Design students at CCW, UAL. The project relates to the Mistra Future Fashion (MFF2) phase 2 research around fast and slow fashion textiles. The main focus of the project is to begin to explore the effects of the speed of cycles on design and material/process decisions.
London Design Festival
One Good Deed Today, September 22nd-27th 2015
Recipes for Material Activism was exhibited as part of the Ma-tt-er event at London Design Festival. Exhibitors took part in a series of talks, workshops and events in an exploration of materiality across the five senses. The talks on the day of 'Taste' included a presentation of the 'Recipes for Material Activism' project.
Featured in London Design Guide, Shoreditch Design Triangle and ICON Design Trail guides throughout the festival.
Exhibition at One Good Deed Today in Shoreditch, London.
DeNAture at FIT, New York
The Fashion Institute of Technology, June 8th-19th 2015
DeNAture was exhibited as part of the Textile Toolbox Pop- Up exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York from June 8 to 19, 2015. The exhibition was on during FIT’s Summer Institute Sustainability and Textiles conference, from June 8 to 11.
The full Summer Institute program is available here.
The Fashion Institute of Technology
Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City
Transition: Rethinking Textiles and Surfaces
The University of Huddersfield (UK), November 26th and 27th 2014
Selected to present at Transition conference. Textiles and Surfaces have surrounded us in different forms for millennia. From the use of fibres and materials sourced and made from bark, wood, sand, glass, bone and skin to multi-structural and unconventional materials for interior, architectural and wearable functional design, textiles and surfaces have inspired and evolved our relationships with materials, space and form. This conference proposes to explore the future of textiles and surfaces within different industries and contexts. The conference aims to examine current and future developments in the field asking: how might we re-think textiles and surfaces in a climate of transition?
TEXTILE TOOLBOX Online exhibition and Pop Up event
Chelsea College of Arts and Design, London, November 13th -14th 2014
Exhibiting new work at the TEXTILE TOOLBOX online exhibition and a 24- hour Pop-Up event at Chelsea College of Arts is a showcase of ten propositional design concepts inspired by Mistra research into the sustainability of the fashion and textile industry.
The exhibition platform functions as a research and public engagement tool formed around TED’s ‘The TEN’ – design strategies for innovative sustainability thinking and action. The exhibition proposes how these strategies can translate technical and scientific research breakthroughs into design concepts. The new products demonstrate the potential for progressing a sustainable fashion system with new materials, processes, applications and business models. The exhibits are a starting point for discussion – provocations, or ‘provotypes’ – showing us how design tools can create entirely new visions for the future of the industry. This unique online platform offers a global audience a glimpse of a sustainable future fashion industry. An industry that ultimately gives the consumer pleasure whilst also giving the planet and its inhabitants absolute consideration.
Label It - a workshop in sustainable design thinking
Copenhagen Business School, April 25th 2014
Co-development and co-facilitatation of a workshop at Copenhagen Business School with TED PhD student Bridget Harvey with the question: How can we unpick the supply chain of a garment and redesign products by embracing challenges that will lead to rethinking production? As part of the final presentation of 'The TEN in China' research between UAL and the Coepnhagen Business School, the workshop focused on supply chain issues in the fashion industry. Participants included students from China that attended the NICE Copenhagen Fashion Summit and industry stakeholders.
Youth Fashion Summit
Copenhagen, April 22nd- 23rd 2014
Lead facilitator for a two day workshop on the theme 'resources' at the Youth Fashion Summit 2014 in Copenhagen. The co-facilitation of the event included process cards and design thinking exercises developed by KEA (the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology). The final results were presented to industry and government representatives at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit on 24th of April 2014.
The Youth Fashion Summit's focus was on solutions: How can the fashion industry justify a future with fewer resources and more people to share them? What will the industry look like in 2050? In what direction should the industry head to ensure the best possible solutions for the key challenges? The Summit was attended by 120 students from international universities.
Innovative applications in regenerated wood cellulose fibres
Biocomposites Centre, March 5th-6th 2014
Poster presentation about the collaboration in the COST project at the workshop in Bangor, Wales, for the COST action titled ‘innovative applications in regenerated wood cellulose fibres’. The event was organised by the Biocomposites Centre and COST FP1205, and included presentations from projects developed in Austria, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Greece, Latvia, Slovenia, Israel, France, Poland, Germany, UK, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Turkey.
COST-Funded International Research Collaboration
Funding award for a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) from COST, the European Fund for Cooperation in Science and Technology, towards the development of a collaborative project with the technical scientist Dr Hanna de la Motte at SP Technical Research Institute and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg and Borås, Sweden.
The interdisciplinary project titled ‘Design possibilities in regenerated cellulose materials’ focuses on the processes and tools applied in the lab for the development of regenerated cellulose fibres. The contribution of the funding towards this practice-led design residency allowed for the development of a science-design collaboration with hand-on applications of the research ideas and material explorations in the lab. The funded research trips to SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and Chalmers University of Technology included meetings with scientists from the physical and organic chemistry departments, and visits to the recently opened Textile Fashion Centre at The Swedish School of Textiles in Borås and Swerea IVF in Gothenburg.
July 2013 - March 2014
Contributing to one of the funded projects in FIREup, an initiative based at University of the Arts London (UAL), funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. FIREup intends to unlock the potential of industry and academic collaboration for the UK designer-fashion industry. FIREup is designed to help designer-fashion businesses in London access knowledge based in the University of the Arts London's research centres and academic staff across three prestigious colleges: Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, London College of Fashion and Chelsea College of Art & Design and four world leading research hubs Textile Futures Research Centre, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Fashion Digital Studio, Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub (Design Against Crime Research Centre).
Co-founded 'Vectors', a new design initiative brought to life with fellow designers Ann-Kristin Abel and Paul Ferragut.
A vector is a pollinator, a biotic agent carrying and dispersing new thinking to an alternate system. In this context we organise events and invite fellow designers to share their ideas and to nurture collaboration between different disciplines.
Vectors curated ‘Design Beyond Making’, an excursion into resource discovery, material development, and process innovation. Being faced with a challenging outlook on our environmental and economic future, a new breed of designers begins to call into question traditional notions in design development and production processes.