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

First draft

 This is the first draft of my PhD. I carry it everywhere in my backpack, along with my laptop and a half dozen books. I’m like Christian in The Pilgrim’s Progress, worn down by my Burden. Though unlike Christian, I didn’t just pass through Vanity Fair – I’ve spent the past few years researching it. …

Design and Ethics

  The new book Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice, published by Routledge, is now available. I contributed a chapter on fashion, writing about the role of waste in the fashion system – the creative, immaterial waste as well as the tangible waste.

Christmas decorating

This year we made our own Christmas tree: Baby Cheesus and the angel And I stitched a couple of advent calendars, an angel and a snow-covered train… …which is useless at keeping anything cold – both need filling on a night by night basis so the chocolates don’t melt in the Qld sun.

Fashioning the Future Awards

I am proud to announce that I am one of the winners in the 2011 Fashioning the Future Awards, a fashion and sustainability design competition founded by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. Here is my winning entry: ThinkLifecycle, a content management system for fashion companies to integrate lifecycle strategies within their …

Oxford Conference

In colonial times, Australian women would eagerly await the latest fashion styles coming from Europe… During the 1980s – early 2000s, Australian designers and buyers could easily go across to Europe, buy the latest styles, and then adjust them for the Australian market a season later. It was very convenient having opposing seasons to the fashion …

Bath Fashion Museum

I visited the Bath fashion museum in September this year. Here are some photos and sketches. And some wonderful wedding dresses:  

Industry and Autonomy: what is sustainable fashion?

I participated in a panel discussion last night on fashion and sustainability, chaired by fellow PhD candidate Nadia Buick. On the panel were Paula Dunlop from QUT and the Stitchery, Samantha Hardman from Bento, Tess Curran from Peppermint Magazine and Joshua Jones from Jean Brown. (Photo: Alison Kubler)  

Goin’ Local

Last night I gave a talk at the Stitchery as part of their Goin’ Local theme for July. As I prepared for the talk I was reminded of what drew me to study fashion and textiles ages and ages ago. It all began in 1994 when I was fifteen and began making a patchwork quilt. …