Incontro allo IUAV di Treviso

Amanda Montanari, ricercatrice allo IUAV mi ha invitato per un contributo durante la serie di incontri organizzati all’interno del percorso didattico “Refraiming Sustainability. A geography of lo-fi practice“: Il workshop Refraiming Sustainability prevede una struttura portante caratterizzata dalla riedizione della Lo-fi Theory osservata nell’ottica della ricerca di sostenibilità nell’ambito della produzione e del consumo della moda. Lo strumento della mappatura, sia in termini tecnici che filosofici, ci porterà ad individuare sul territorio veneziano quelle pratiche di uso dell’abito e degli oggetti quotidiani che sono connesse all’emergente visione della sostenibilità. Questa visione si servirà di due preziosi interventi differenti. Zoe Romano, del team di Arduino, verrà a parlarci di Brand open source e di digital fabrication; Kate Fletcher (London College of Fashion) ci presenterà il progetto Local Wisdom. La forma che daremo all’intera mappatura sarà frutto di una continua negoziazione tra i partecipanti. con la partecipazione di Zoe Romano e Kate Fletcher UPDATE: Il percorso è culminato con una mostra fotografica

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Where does all the clothing go? – Insights from academic research, but without the jargon

This post was written by Pamela Ravasio and orginally posted on Shirahime From Friday 20 to Sunday 22nd of January 2012 the ‘Everything must go‘ exhibition in the South Bank’s Oxo Wharf (London, UK) opened its doors to the public. The event was in many ways special: Not only aimed at bringing interested non-academics and academics together, but its principle aim was to convey to the general public academic research results around recycling commodity chains (from the ‘Waste of the World’ and ‘Worn Clothing‘ project) acquired over the course of 5 full years. The mentioned two projects have 2 major focus areas: Clothing Recycling and the recycling (scavenging) of ships in dedicated shipyards. While the facts and stories about ship recycling impressed through the strength and rawness of their on-site report, it was the how ingeniously literally everything gets a new lease of life left in developing country that made a a lasting impression on me. This all said, it

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Sustainability and ThinkLifecycle

Have you ever given thought to where what you wear comes from? The fibre, the manufacture and the design process are all part of the lifecycle of a garment. Alice Payne, PhD student from Qeensland University of Technology, is investigating mass market fashion and has come up with a concept called ThinkLifecycle, a system to promote sustainability in the fashion process which won “Fashioning the Future Awards 2011″ for the Unique Enterprise category. The notion of ‘lifecycle’ is drawn from the natural world, in which, as McDonough and Braungart (2002) describe, all waste becomes food for the next lifecycle. This provides a model for developing materials and processes which mimic this natural order. Listen to RadioNational interview where she explain her project.

(Re)Searching for a sustainable fashion system – Interview

(segue in italiano) Thanx to the collaboration with Jen Ballie, who kindly accepted our invitation last year to our Openwear conference, I had the chance to get in touch with Kay Politowicz, professor of Textile Design, co-founder and Project Director for the Textiles Environment Design (TED) research group at Chelsea. For many years she was Director of Undergraduate Textile Design Course at Chelsea – and promoted a high-level of achievement of students working with specialist material processes in textiles: knit, weave, print, stitch – increasingly using digital processes and a wider variety of workshops – such as ceramics, wood, metal. In that role she became increasingly aware of the need to develop an environmental focus to curriculum developments within the subject and the opportunities that such a focus would reveal. In the last few years she moved to an entirely research-based and funded role and she believes it has been a great way to develop opportunities for externally funded practice-based

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