Health Benefits of Textile Crafts

Health Benefits of Textile Crafts

There is no need to introduce the benefits of meditation as a mindful practice. Everyone from David Lynch to NSW primary school students are using meditation as a technique to lower stress levels and improve general well-being. There is also an increasing amount of scientific studies to back up the anecdotal evidence around...
Is your fashion business climate neutral?

Is your fashion business climate neutral?

Climate change and sustainability are firmly established globally as issues that business can no longer ignore. The recent COP21 climate talks in Paris saw global leaders from business and government collectively discuss a set of targets for maintaining or reducing current planetary temperatures. Aside from many debates and discussions about the effectiveness...
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Sustainable fashion innovation in Sydney

Sustainable fashion innovation in Sydney

To establish a fashion business with a sustainability agenda is a bold move. Until recently, the fashion industry has been designed and financed to prioritise the bottom dollar and pay no attention to environmental or social impacts. However, globally the game is changing and Australia is catching up fast. When TEDx Sydney asked me to propose a one...
Ask the right question...?

Ask the right question…?

When fashion companies first start to think about measuring and reducing their environmental or social impacts, there is sometimes hesitation and even fear. It is really challenging for companies to consider these issues, particularly here in Australia where there has been less incentive (due to distance from supply chain) or consumer pressure. The main point to remember...
Circular Fashion

Circular Fashion

Until recently, the fashion industry has been based on the 20th century linear model of ‘take, make, waste’. We extracted raw materials from the earth (cotton fibre; petroleum; wood pulp) and made them into fibres; then we produced garments, sold them to people who wore them and these garments eventually ended up in landfill. The resources were wasted...
Slow Textiles Course: Quilting + Patchwork

Slow Textiles Course: Quilting + Patchwork

Are you wanting to learn a ‘slow craft’ to help you relax and de-stress? or simple traditional textile skills to make use of old fabric? I am running an evening Quilting and Patchwork course in Rozelle starting Tuesday 26th April for 6 weeks. The course will be a combination of my cutting-edge research into sustainable fashion...
Oceans + fibres

Oceans + fibres

It is no surprise that Australians are very interested in issues around ocean pollution. As an island nation, we live surrounded by the most pristine and beautiful waters, and many people spend a lot of time near, or in, the water – surfing, swimming, board riding and sailing. The impacts of the fashion/textiles industry on oceans is therefore...
Design + the 'S' Word

Design + the ‘S’ Word

Can the role of design transform how a fashion business approaches their sustainability strategy? I believe it can, so let me explain… Sustainability and fashion are mostly seen as unlikely bed-fellows. Most people from a sustainability or environmental management perspective, would view the fashion industry as completely wasteful. Meanwhile, fashion industry insiders such as designers, stylists and...
The inner voice of sustainability

The inner voice of sustainability

It is not often that you meet someone or discover an idea that literally opens up your mind to a whole new way of seeing the world. This happened to me a few years ago at a conference on sustainable business in London. I had seen many presentations over the years at conferences and had been exposed to some...
Does business have the solution?

Does business have the solution?

How do we act collectively to solve some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges of the fashion industry? I have taught designers for many years, and worked on projects that attempt to disrupt how textiles and garments are made and produced. I know that many of the best creative minds – including designers and artists but...