Future Textiles Debate
The conversations we iniated in our exhibition around sustainable fashion during Interwoven, part of Earth Day at Somerset House and Fashion Revolution, were crystallised within our Future Textiles Debate chaired by Martin Brambley from Doppelhaus with a selection of exhibition contributors, including Alex Cuddyre (ADAY), Ryan Mario Yasin (Petit Pli), Abbie Adams and Polly Redfern as well as Curtis Oland and Eliza Collin. A wide range of complex and hard-hitting issues were explored, from greenwashing in fashion to transparency in the production chain as well as the finer details such as the carbon footprint of deliveries for independent brands outside the high street.
The final consensus from our panel’s insights and our audience’s questions and comments was that true sustainable action cannot be possible without an industry-wide change in attitude and business models. However, this change also relied on consumers changing their attitude about how they consume fashion – and questioning a fast fashion industry churning new content season after season. This is why creative upcycling was at the heart of our conversations.
We closed with a powerful talk by sustainable fashion stylist Alice Wilby on the ways we can become the makers and upcyclers of our own clothing. Reacting to our current climate emergency, she provided smart alternatives to fast fashion and how we can truly support independent sustainable designers, using our collective responsibility as eco-citizens, as much as consumers.
Sustainable designer Clare Farrell led a workshop with her Bodypolitic co-collaborator Miles Glyn in which participants learnt how to block-print own designs onto fabric.
Former Under 25 and current Makerversity members Rehandle, who upcycling fruit and veg market bags from across London into key-rings, bags and wallets delivered a keyring making workshop as great way to put circular economies and waste repurposing into practice.