Community Event at ArtEZ, June 5, 2019

Yesterday I participated at the ‘Community Event’ of the ArtEZ Fashion Professorship and MA Fashion Held in Common, via Skype because I have chosen to no longer fly to give presentations and workshops. This decision was a direct result of the IPCC Special Report released in October. For years I have known the hypocrisy in my work – I have been flying a lot to talk – and I am taking it on now. This is not a judgment onRead more

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

Slow Down! We are Creative!

The following is an edited and revised outline of my keynote lecture that opened the Creative Cut conference at the University of Huddersfield on February 24th, 2016. Good morning. Thank you Kevin Almond and the University of Huddersfield for the invitation to speak at this conference. Thank you all for being here this morning. It is a privilege to be with you. I am not the first to declare that fashion is in crisis. For more than a decade myRead more