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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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...
The ambiguity of cloth

The ambiguity of cloth

Textiles are this strange thing – they are both structure and flow; material and meaning; they are everywhere in our lives, on our bodies and in our homes,  yet they are also  taken for granted; they provide so many jobs and livelihoods for many people around the world,  yet they are also toxic and polluting; and...
Resilient Textiles

Resilient Textiles

25 March 2015 This Friday I’ll be contributing to a project in London exploring the notion of ‘resilience’ in the context of culture. A group of artists, designers and academics at the University of the Arts London are thinking about what a ‘culture of resilience’ would look like. How would we create a culture that...
Sutra Stitching Sydney

Sutra Stitching Sydney

25 February 2015 The next Sutra Stitching Workshop is Sunday March 15th. In this workshop, we will explore the link between textile craftwork and mindfulness. Both hand-stitching and meditation have been proven to reduce stress and increase levels of well-being. This workshop uses both the hands and the breath, to reconnect you to a state of inner calm....
Subjectivity + Research

Subjectivity + Research

30th January 2015 My PhD project has brought up many tensions for me between the demands that an academic institution asks of you during the process of research, and the natural inclinations and approach that comes with being an artist and a textile designer. The PhD was developed in the scientific disciplines, where the researcher studies or tests...
The mind + the 21st century

The mind + the 21st century

7 January 2015 My study of yoga and the mind is proving to be invaluable, not only because I am learning how to control the mind through meditation practices, but the insights from yogic philosophy about human consciousness are so relevant to the research I am doing into designers, mindsets and sustainability. I am so...
Sutra Stitching Sydney

Sutra Stitching Sydney

25th November 2014 I will be running my Sutra Stitching workshop this Saturday 29th November, as part of the Flourish Festival, co-organised by Green Ups Sydney and Fashion Revolution. The event is running over the weekend and will be housed in a fantastic warehouse space at The Rocks, in Sydney. There will be workshops, films...