Fashion, design & sustainability // teacher / researcher / designer

Sustainable shopping: where to find a puffer jacket that doesn’t warm the Earth

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A good winter coat is an investment, and puffer jackets are a timeless classic that speak to the mountaineering, outdoor lifestyle of Patagonia and Kathmandu, whose names alone evoke wintry wildernesses and wild geese in flight. If you’re looking to replace your old …

Agri-Intelligence in Cotton Production Systems

For the past year I have been privileged to work as part of the team on the research project Agri-Intelligence in Cotton Production Systems (Stage 1) supported by the Australian Government Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC). Our project CI Professor Tristan Perez has posted this update on our year 1 activities and milestones. Image: shutterstock.com …

Sustainable shopping: for eco-friendly jeans, stop washing them so often

There is a pair of jeans for every occasion. Krisana Antharith/Shutterstock Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology and Susannah Kate Devitt, Queensland University of Technology Shopping can be confusing at the best of times, and trying to find environmentally friendly options makes it even more difficult. Welcome to our Sustainable Shopping series, in which we …

Will we soon be growing our own vegan leather at home?

A floral wreath made from vegan leather designed by Sofia Moreno-Marcos and York Hon John Liang in 2014. QUT media Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology; Dean Brough, Queensland University of Technology, and Peter Musk, State Library of Queensland Conventional leather is one of fashion’s most ubiquitous materials – but it is fraught with ethical …

Flowers

Details of folded silk flowers – left overs from Shrinking Violets.

The Beaudesert Collection

  In February 2015 I visited Beaudesert, Queensland to look at a large collection of clothing – pretty much everything owned by one lady her whole life. I saw crimplene trousers, printed frocks, tartan acrylics, nylon dresses and all manner of homemade and shop bought clothing from the 1940s to today. There were six or …

Shrinking Violets 1

Two completed versions of the mock ups I developed earlier this year were exhibited at the IASDR conference in November 2015, in the Asia Pacific Design Library, State Library of Queensland. I’ve called these Shrinking Violets – a nod to the original Grow-Shrink-and-Turncoat system from which I developed the idea – but also a reference …

Kombucha project – 2015

In 2015 we ran the Kombucha project again with The Edge, State Library of Queensland. The student brief this year was to develop a shoe using kombucha. See Asia Pacific Design Library blog post and pictures of the student exhibition here. This year the students tried out a considerable variety of techniques and materials to …

Open loop and closed loop recyling

My book chapter for S. Muthu’s Handbook of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Textiles and Clothing was published in August 2015, available here. Full details on QUT Eprints. Textile waste is a significant contributor to landfill yet the majority of textiles can be recycled, allowing for the energy and fibre to be reclaimed. This chapter examines the …