Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham

I am thrilled to be a keynote speaker at this conference next year, on the late Dorothy Burnham at her ‘home’, the Royal Ontario Museum. Discovering Cut My Cote was such a validating moment for me during my PhD (thank you both Kathleen Fasanella and Dr Alexandra Palmer for pointing me to it) – to find someone who had been thinking about the same issues decades earlier, albeit in a different context. As with the Fashion Doctors lecture at ROMRead more

Call for Papers: Creative Pattern Cutting 2016

I look forward to seeing you in Huddersfield in February 2016! MLS Pajamas by Timo Rissanen, 2011. Photograph by Mariano Garcia of iloveshoot The second international conference is designed to promote contemporary research into the art of creative pattern cutting and its significance to the fashion industry. The conference provides a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting. The conference aims to: Encourage discussion of new methods andRead more

Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches – free book!

Aalto University has published an excellent book, edited by Kirsi Niinimäki, titled Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches. Where there were really no books before 2008, there are now many, some of great value, others of less. I’ve so far read two chapters and glanced through all of them, and I think this book adds value to the conversations, through precisely focused and thoroughly researched chapters. The absolute best thing about this book? You can download it for free! Click on theRead more

Nordes 2015: Design Ecologies

NORDES 2015 Design Ecologies Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Stockholm, Sweden Sunday 7 – Wednesday 10 June 2015 Call for Submissions Design hinges a natural-artificial continuum through humans’ natural capacity to produce what we call ‘the artificial’. At a time when human activity is threatening biodiversity and causing severe climate change, it becomes obvious that natural and artificial systems can no longer be conceived in isolation but onlyRead more

Textile Toolbox

For the past 18 months I’ve been a contributing writer to Textile Toolbox. My third and final post is now up, on fashion design, time and waste. Textile Toolbox is TED’s web platform project with MISTRA in Sweden, aimed at creating systemic change within the fashion industry through ‘interconnected design thinking and processes for sustainable textiles and fashion’. Textile Toolbox brings together an amazing array of researchers across a range of topics relating to fashion and textile sustainability. In theRead more

Craft of Use event

The Craft of Use event, concluding the latest phase of the Local Wisdom project, in which Parsons participated under my lead, took place at the Center for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion, in March. Kate Fletcher and Katelyn Toth-Fejel have done a tremendous job in creating a record of the day, available here. The day left me with an unwavering sense that change is already here, though I don’t expect to run out of work before I reach retirementRead more

2014 Vaughan Lecture at ROM

In September I have the honour of collaborating with Dr Alexandra Palmer, on the 2014 Vaughan Lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, titled Metamorphosis – Transformations of Fashion. Dr Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the ROM, and a Co-curator of BIG, the latest exhibit in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume. She is cross appointed and teachesRead more

Call for Papers: The Art of Research V

From the conference website: Experience – Materiality – Articulation 26-27 November 2014 Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland Over the past two decades, a continuous dialogue and fruitful convergence between art and design related practices and research has been explored in the academic institutions. Involved in the contemporary discourse of practice-led research, the Art of Research Conference 2014 brings out the interactive and dynamic relationship between experience, materiality and articulation. How are different fields and mediaRead more

Call for Papers: Fashion Thinking

From the conference website: FASHION THINKING – THEORY, HISTORY, PRACTICE 30 October – 1 November 2014 Venue: University of Southern Denmark Call for abstracts Over the past 20 years, Fashion Studies has established itself as a significant, trans-disciplinary field of research covering a range of topics and methodologies. The conference Fashion Thinking wishes to mark this development with an international conference that explores and challenges the theory, history and practice of Fashion Thinking in it widest sense as paradigms ofRead more