Chloe Hamill utilises textiles as a medium for communication, giving a voice to those who are often unheard. She graduated from Manchester School of Art with a First Class Honours in BA Embroidery and returned there to do a Masters in Textiles, after winning AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)funding for her postgraduate study.
In the past Chloe has worked with refugees, children and different groups of women in the UK and around the world. One of the projects she’s been involved with is running embroidery workshops at Rainbow Haven in Manchester, a drop in centre for refugees and asylum seekers, which provides invaluable support to struggling individuals.
UPDATE: Future Fabrics Virtual Expo has now launched. See here.
The Sustainable Angle will soon be launching the Future Fabrics Virtual Expoto provide year-round online access to a curated range of sustainable fabrics and mills. It has been conceived to extend the lifespan of their successful 3rd Future Fabrics Expo, which took place in September 2013 at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London.
Future Fabrics Expo showcases commercially viable fabrics sourced from suppliers using sustainable principles, who are committed to reducing the environmental impact of the current textile supply chain.
New Designers brings together over 3,000 of the UK’s best emerging designers across a 2 part exhibition. Week 1 featured:
Textiles, Fashion and Accessories
Contemporary Applied Arts (inc. Ceramics and Glass)
Jewellery and Precious Metalwork
One Year On
Acclaimed author, journalist and design critic Alice Rawsthorn officially opened the event, saying: “For anyone graduating now, this is a daunting time thanks to the economic recession. But the good news for anyone who wants to make their career in design and craft is that there has never been a better time to do so. The most exciting periods of design have always been the periods of greatest change, and we are now living through a phenomenal period of unprecedented change, at extraordinary speed and scale. Your role as designers is to help society to make the most of these changes, to make sure that they affect our lives for good rather than bad.”
Here are some of the talented people we spotted, doing their bit for sustainability and design for good:
To celebrate London Fashion Week, which is happening right now, until 19 Feb 2013, we’re featuring some wonderful sustainability projects from graduating MA students at the London College of Fashion: Thalia Warren works with the seasons and locally grown dyes to create sexy sustainable wear; Rachel Clowes incorporates metamorphosis through biodegradable elements; and Anja Crabb wants to make fashion more personal.
Susan Postlethwaite, director of MA Fashion and the Environment (LCF), explains a bit about what the course aims to achieve: “It’s a unique course examining what new models of practise for fashion designers might look like. Students’ work is informed by the whole environment that fashion operates within; from psychology and neuroscience, to philosophy, politics, sustainability, ethics, fashion theory, new technologies and materials, science, economics, anthropology and new business models. Students go on to explore novel and unusual approaches to designing as critical thinkers and able communicators”.
Through this approach they hope to develop insights into the future of fashion and new ways of working with it. Take a look below at the impressive exploratory work of these three students. Their designs are also currently on show at the London College of Fashion’s MA Exhibition.
How lucky we are to have the London Design Festival on our doorstep! Next stop Designersblock, at the Southbank Centre – a hive of unrestrained creativity – full of fresh designers and artists, and without the slick finish of some of the other Festival shows.
Designersblock have pioneered the use of transitional architectural spaces for the production of city festivals. We were in a warehouse storage space, which has never before been seen by the public, under the Queen Elizabeth Hall – exciting enough in itself – we love the Southbank! But, we pulled ourselves together and went to meet some of the great characters exhibiting.
PART 1: TEXTILES, FASHION, JEWELLERY, METALWORK & GLASS
Held at The Business Design Centre, Islington, London, and now in its 27th year, the New Designers Show has 3,500 graduating designers from 200 colleges presenting their creative output. This show is seen as an important showcase for the UK’s most talented new designers to demonstrate their best work to prospective employers, buyers and studios. New Designers is an essential resource for all who attend and an invaluable springboard for all who exhibit.
We love the show and so last week set off to search out and meet the designers with a sustainable backstory to their designs – we found a number of terrific examples.