Sunday, October 16, 2011

New home - please update your bookmarks

I am now at This place isn't going anywhere, but nor will it be updated. I am expanding :)

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Yield catalogue now available

The catalogue for the Yield exhibition is now available. Proceeds from the sales of the catalogue support programming at the Textile Arts Center, the New York home of Yield. The exhibition opens to the public this Saturday and runs through December 2.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Zero-Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned - photos

Zero-Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned, curated by Arti Sandhu, is open until April 16 - that's Saturday next week, so be sure to visit A + D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago. Thank you to Jennifer Murray, Gallery Director, and Megan Ross, Preparator, for sending the installation photographs. I've also included some process photos.

One of my grandmother's sheets from the 1940s with the patching visible; I used two of these.

Some process for the pyjama pants (see page from Julian Roberts' book):

The final pattern:

Above, a paper folding exercise for the pyjama top and below, the final pattern.
The pyjamas in the exhibition:

Fioen van Balgooi (Refinity) and Berber Soepboer:

Holly McQuillan:

Padmaja Krishnan:

A Magazine - I used to give these instructions for a sock jumper by Maison Martin Margiela to my students back at UTS so it was great to see them included here:

Artisanal by Maison Martin Margiela:

Nick Cave:

Derick Melander:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Just in case...

...I get some new visitors due to some unloved comments on a blog I adore, let me point you to the first image on a post I wrote on a problematic birthday three years ago. (I don't know if my brother knows he shares his birthday with the Turd, and I ain't going to point it out.)

It might look like something you eat but it's actually equine excrement.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Zero-Waste: Fashion Repatterned at Columbia College Chicago

This morning I'm in Chicago to do a workshop and a lecture to coincide with Zero-Waste: Fashion Repatterned, curated by Arti Sandhu at Columbia College Chicago, on show at A + D Gallery at Columbia College. The exhibition is open until April 16th so if you're in Chicago, make sure you check it out. I have a pyjama set in the exhibition that I made from two heavily damaged and repaired sheets that were part of my grandmother's dowry when she got married in Finland during the Second World War. The work draws from my chapter, Designing Endurance, in Shaping Sustainable Fashion. Other artists and designers in the exhibition include A Magazine, Nick Cave, Padmaja Krishnan, Maison Martin Margiela, Holly McQuillan, Derick Melander, and Refinity + Berber Soepboer. I can't wait to see it! More on the exhibition here.

The gallery details:
A + D
312 369 8687

Friday, February 25, 2011

Shaping Sustainable Fashion

Yesterday I got my copy of Shaping Sustainable Fashion, the book I edited with Alison Gwilt. So proud! Thank you to everyone at Earthscan for the endless patience with my heinous schedule, thank you to Alison, and thank you to Amy Common of Sai Designs for the book design - the book looks fantastic! It will be on sale in the US in less than two months but available on Amazon already, as well as through the Earthscan link above.