Textile Futures Salon 2: What Future for Eco Textile Design?
£10 / £8 Concessions / £6 ICA Members.
The Textile Futures Research Group (TFRG), University of the Arts London and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) present an Eco Textile Design Salon in two parts: International Conversations and Question Time.
Session One: International Conversations
International Conversations introduces participants from the Textile Futures Research Group (TFRG) who are innovators in ecological and sustainable textiles globally. In discussion with some of the leading researchers and practitioners in TFRG, several influential guests in the field of Eco Fashion and Textile Design will unfold critical perspectives on the role of the designer. Conversations will be held between Mo Tomaney (TFRG) and Elaine Jones (Ethical and Fair Trade Consultant, UK), Rebecca Earley (TFRG) and Natalie Chanin (Alabama Chanin, USA), Carole Collet (TFRG) and Maja Kuzmanovic (founder of FOAM, Belgium) and Sandy Black (TFRG) with Christoph Bergmann (Clariant, Switzerland).
Session Two: Question Time
Question Time is formulated after the popular BBC programme, by the same name. This session will be chaired by Carole Collet and will feature six panelists: Clare Brass (Design Council, UK), Tamsin Blanchard (Telegraph Magazine), Lynda Grose (California College of Art, USA), Rebecca Earley (TFRG), Kate Goldsworthy (TFRG) and Kindley Walsh Lawlor (Gap, Inc.). Questions pertaining to the role of the designer in determining the future of eco fashion and textile design will be chosen from an audience of experts, students in the field, and the interested public. The panelists will engage with the questions and the audience may be asked to respond.
The participation of University of the Arts London (UAL) students is highly encouraged by TFRG. Gap Inc. will be selecting three of the most poignant and provocative questions submitted by UAL students and each will be awarded a £200 prize. If you have bought a ticket for this event and would like to submit a question for selection that you are prepared to ask on the evening, please email email@example.com by 28 September.
Christoph Bergmann currently works as a Marketing Manager for the Apparel & Fashion segment of the Textiles division of Clariant, a global chemical products company, one of the leading suppliers of dyes and chemicals for textiles processing.
Sandy Black is Professor of Fashion & Textiles Design & Technology at the London College of Fashion, and Associate Director of the Textile Futures Research Group.
Tamsin Blanchard is a journalist who writes about fashion and design. She has always been interested in fashion and grew up making her own clothes, and shopping at Chelsea Girl, jumble sales and Liverpool's best vintage clothing shop, 69A.
Clare Brass ran a product design consultancy in Milan for 17 years, working with clients such as Alessi, Guzzini and TVS in the houseware and tableware sector.
Carole Collet is Associate Director of the Textile Futures Research Group. She is also Course Director for the MA Textile Futures course and a researcher at Central Saint Martins College.
Natalie "Alabama" Chanin creates projects that reflect a wide range of disciplines, from sustainable clothing and home furnishings to a limited edition jewelry line.
Rebecca Earley, Associate Director of the Textile Futures Research Group, is a Reader in Textile Environmental Design (TED) at Chelsea College of Art and Design.
Kate Goldsworthy designs multi-media textiles, from recycled materials, employing both hand-crafted and digital techniques. An interest in sustainable design and a desire to override pre-conceptions surrounding recycling, underpins her work and has encouraged an original response to choices of materials and processes.
Lynda Grose has been in the fashion industry for 25 years. For most of her career, she has been actively engaged in designing and researching socially and environmentally advanced clothing and textiles.
Elaine Jones is an independent consultant in Ethical and Fair Trade. She works together with Mo Tomaney as part of a two person team on a Commonwealth Secretariat supported project in developing market access with rural women textile producers in Pakistan.
Maja Kuzmanovic is a generalist interested in inciting small miracles in everyday life. She received her BA in Design Forecasting (HKU) in 1996 and MA in Interactive Multimedia (University of Portsmouth) in 1997.
Kindley Walsh Lawlor is the Senior Director of Gap Inc. for Social Responsibility. In her current role Kindley is responsible for the Strategic Planning team (public reporting, external stakeholder relationship management, etc) and the Environmental Affairs team (and their focus on energy, waste and sustainable design).
Mo Tomaney is currently a Research Fellow in Ethical Issues and Fair Trade at Central Saint Martins and runs the MA in Ethical Fashion at University College for the Creative Arts at Epsom.
Sponsored by GAP, Inc.
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