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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

IFFTI, Florence

Many moons have passed since I updated this blog – in fact all of 2015 passed. So the next few posts will record several of my projects / experiences from 2015 – the most memorable being Florence. In May 2015 I was fortunate to attend the IFFTI conference in Florence, Italy. The paper I presented …

Fingerprints

Fingerprints on jeans, illustration by Alice Payne  In op shops you can immediately tell home made clothes, and not just because there’s no label. Whenever I wear them, I’m conscious that someone like me made them. Her fingerprints are all over it. Maybe I see how she zigzagged the inside seams and pressed them flat …

The story of … the top hat

By Alice Payne, Queensland University of Technology Throughout the 19th century, the top hat was a mainstay of Victorian life: a man in a topper was well-to-do, respectable, a man of industry. But now the top hat is only a caricature of the upper class privilege it once represented. Its history traces a line through …