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

The Fashion Presently

Big data is proving to be a boon for fashion forecasting. Fashion forecasters claim to tell fashion’s future. But are they prophets: intuitively reading the world of today to see the world of tomorrow, or are they dictators of taste: telling companies what colours to pick, and watching as their ‘predictions’ become a self-fulfilling prophesy? …

Paula Stafford continued

Alice Payne textile print inspired (detail) inspired by Paula Stafford collection My Remember or Revive project with The Fashion Archives and the Paula Stafford collection is in Issue 11 – view here.  

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion

I’m delighted to report that two of my works, ThinkLifecycle and the Grow-Shrink-and-Turn-Coat are included in Alison Gwilt’s new book A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion. The book is part of Bloomsbury’s Fashion Basics series and is a fantastic introduction to sustainability issues for fashion design students. Fashion and sustainability is such an unwieldy topic …

Whaling and paradigm shifts

This week Australia had a success in the courts fighting Japanese scientific whaling. What many people may not realise is how recent our own whaling history is. Between 1952 and 1962, Tangalooma in Moreton Bay, Queensland was the biggest whaling station in the southern hemisphere (1). In total, Australian workers killed 12,500 humpback whales in …