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

Laser cutting and toiling

My current work in progress started from the idea of design for disassembly – garments that can come apart for ease of recycling. Although this was the germ of the idea, the process from then on evolved into something rather less practical. Using the grid system developed in an earlier project, I experimented with laser …

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 …

Growing garments part 1: The Kombucha Project

This semester we are working with the first years and The Edge to develop accessories made from textiles grown from bacteria. Read more here at the QUT Creative Cluster blog.

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 …

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.