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

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 …

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 …

Selling sun, surf and fitness

Billabong and Lorna Jane are two powerhouse Australian lifestyle brands. In my article ‘Selling sun, surf and fitness: Queensland’s mass-market fashion’ for The Fashion Archives, I discuss the humble beginnings of each brand.