land as a defining limit for fashion production

One of the more invigorating reports that I have recently read comes from the Biomimicry Institute. The Nature of Fashion makes a strong case for transitioning away from fibres made from petrochemicals, which currently represent more than 60% of the total fibre mix. The report argues that because systems inevitably leak, we should not create fibres that cannot be absorbed by biological systems. Microfibres released from polyester garments are a case in point. I particularly appreciated the report’s critique ofRead more

Recap: Holly McQuillan at Parsons School of Design

Thank you everyone who came to the book talk on Thursday night; it was a packed house and Holly and I really appreciate it! Amazon now lists our book as the #1 release in Fashion and Textile Business so thank you to all who have purchased the book! Feedback is already coming our way and we welcome all of it. On Friday and Saturday Holly led a two-day workshop on zero waste fashion design with School of Fashion faculty atRead more

Zero-waste in Financial Times

Thank you Lucie Muir for highlighting Shingo Sato, Julian Roberts, Juliana Sissons, Thomas Mahon and I in the Financial Times yesterday. Reading the article has left me reflecting on what it is that we collectively do. Of course I cannot speak for my esteemed company, but the kind of fashion design that dominates – the illusion, the myth – of a fashion designer producing a sketch, artist-like, which then is translated into a garment by mostly invisible hands, has neverRead more

The Cutting Circle – How Making Challenges Design

In July 2011 I experienced two weeks that remain among the most inspiring of my life as part of The Cutting Circle at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. The initial idea was conceived by Holly McQuillan and she approached Julian Roberts and I about it, secured the funding, and off we went. For two weeks we made things, shared ideas, laughed a lot and danced our arses off (or aimed to, at least). The project concluded with lectures, workshopsRead more

Updated: zero-waste and less waste designers

Update August 2nd: to be as transparent as possible on this blog, I should note I’ve joined the Amazon Associates program. I will only link to books I have personally found useful and worth buying. Update July 27th 2010: Sometimes those closest to you are the easiest to ignore or forget. Very much part of this list should be Fiona Buckingham of Kyotap by Fiona Buckingham. We’ve been friends for over 14 years and there are no bounds to theRead more