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.
This article was first published on The Conversation, 17 February 2012. There’s a polyester mullet skirt gracing a derrière near you. It’s short at the front, long at the back, and it’s also known as the hi-lo skirt. Like fads that preceded it, the mullet skirt has a short fashion life, and although it will [...]
Since 2003, a half-finished quilt top had been sitting around my house. The design is called 'double wedding ring' and I hand pieced it using the English technique of paper templates. To make it was in fact very laborious - there was some twenty individual paper templates required, and they all had to be stitched [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
I visited the Bath fashion museum in September this year. Here are some photos and sketches. And some wonderful wedding dresses:
I participated in a panel discussion last night on fashion and sustainability which was co-sponsored by Fully-Verified and 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)
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. [...]
Me giving a lecture to first years on fashion and sustainability - yeesh, I need to make the content less apocalyptic.