Associates and collaborators
This is our informal network of people who are specialists in the fields of design, craft, social anthropology, cultural studies and social entrepreneurship. Here you will find links to the colleagues, friends and projects that we are working with.
bricolage is a collective made up of five textile designer/makers, all graduates of Chelsea College of Art & Design. Katherine May, Naomi Paul, Polly Burton, Yemi Awosile and Clara Vuletich all create bespoke textile products for interiors as well as running workshops and events on sustainable textile practices with organisations including the New Economics Foundation and Transition Town Brixton. www.bricolageproject.com
Dr. Otto von Busch has a PhD from the University of Gothenburg and has published his thesis Fashion-able: Hacktivism and engaged fashion design (Camino, 2009) along with a separate publication outlining the methodologies developed from the Doctorate. He is currently Assistant Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons New School of Design. www.selfpassage.org
Helen Carnac is a maker and writer about crafts and was awarded a Cultural Leadership Fellowship in 2009 to develop ideas about how the crafts are communicated. Helen curated Craftspace’s national touring exhibition Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution in 2009 which opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. She was instrumental in facilitating the TED’s spin off research project - ‘Conversations on (a) Slow Craft’ - which was funded by Craftspace. www.helencarnac.co.uk
Orsola de Castro is the founder of From Somewhere, a revolutionary fashion label that addresses the issue of pre-consumer waste and reproducibility in the fashion industry. In 2006, Orsola founded Estethica with partner Filippo Ricci, the sustainable fashion area at London Fashion Week which they continue to curate and organise for the British Fashion Council. www.fromsomewhere.co.uk
Linda Florence produces bespoke hand printed wallpaper and installation artwork for public, commercial and domestic interiors. Career highlights include exhibiting in the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Jerwood Space and working for clients Swarovski, The National Trust, Ted Baker and Penguin. Florence is currently Visiting Professor at Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin and Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. www.lindaflorence.co.uk
Alistair Fuad-Luke is a sustainable design facilitator, consultant, educator, writer and activist who contributes to the on-going debate about the role of design in encouraging and facilitating more sustainable ways of living and working. He is author and founder of Slow (2003/04), a web site which explored ‘slow design’ (www.slowdesign.org ) and his latest publication is Design Activism (2009). He is also Professor of Emerging Design Practice, Aalto University, Finland. www.fuad-luke.com
Dr Frances Geesin is a textile artist and researcher who works in a wide range of mediums including exploring industrial shielding fabrics and fibres, and manipulating and electroplating thermoplastic materials. In 2003 she was awarded the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Textile Design and holds an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Nanotechnology (Hon FIoN). Her most recent work has explored electroplating as a technique for recycling materials, as seen in her collaborative work with Becky Earley for Trash Fashion at the Science Museum (2010) and for Ever & Again (2007).
Amy Twigger Holroyd is the award winning designer and owner of 'slow fashion' knitwear label Keep & Share, which has taken an innovative approach to the selling and marketing of hand made products, including a ‘travelling’ store at festivals and events, as well as offering workshops in - hand and machine knitting. Amy is also currently studying for a PhD, looking at fashion rights, ownership and making with a specific focus on knitting, at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design. www.keepandshare.co.uk
Dr. Dorothy Maxwell has an MSc and PhD in Environmental Science and 20 years professional experience working in the environmental / sustainability arena in industry, government and consultancy in Europe, USA and Asia. She is currently Technical Director at Global View Sustainability Services, sustainability consultants specialising in sustainable products. She most recently ran the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap voluntary clothing sector initiative to improve the environmental and ethical performance of clothing on behalf of UK Dept of the Environment (Defra).
Dr Emma Neuberg practice is largely bifocal. One aspect generates rich, plasticized textiles from different materials that culminate in art pieces for exhibition. The other is a theoretical narrative that paces alongside. Neuberg publishes in the form of lectures and papers that borrow analytic models from semiotics, psychology and critical theory and has lectured widely in fashion and textiles theory at colleges including Chelsea and the London College of Fashion. Most recently she has founded the Slow Textiles Group, a platform for design, community, dialogue, reflection and dissemination of textile strategies and methodologies that are sustaining as well as sustainable. http://slowtextiles.blogspot.com
Dr. Lucy Norris is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London, where she is currently working on issues of global textile waste in relation to India. She has conducted fieldwork on indigenous clothing recycling systems in north India and the export trade in used saris, and her book Recycling Indian Clothing: global contexts of reuse and value is to be published in summer 2010 by Indiana University Press. Other current projects include fieldwork on the shoddy recycling in industry in north India for the Waste of the World (ESRC award RES 000-23-0007).
Professor Marie O’Mahony is a textile and technology consultant and Visiting Professor at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She has published numerous books, most recently TechnoTextiles 2 with Thames and Hudson (2005), and is currently Professor of Textiles at UTS in Sydney, Australia, where she is developing an MA in Future Textiles.
Cyndi Rhoades is the founder and Creative Director of Anti-Apathy, an organization that promotes and supports sustainable lifestyle change. She is also the founder of Worn Again, a clothing label which uses decommissioned textiles from industry to make upcycled clothing and fashion accessories. www.wornagain.co.uk