Ever & Again Symposium

17 July 2008
Chelsea College of Art & Design

This Symposium was one of the key outcomes from the Worn Again research project. The aims of the Symposium were to engage the audience and invited fashion and interior textile designers in thinking about high quality and innovative recycling practices for the future, or upcycling. The morning session featured the work of several of the most well known designers working in this field, who presented in a Pecha Kucha style session. Speakers included Orsola De Castro (From Somewhere), Emmeline Child (Emmeline4Re), Kerry Seager (Junky Styling), and Barley Massey (Fabrications’).

This was followed by presentations form four designers who presented their upcycling work in the context of the four ‘inter-connected’ design ideas being explored in the project: Kate Goldsworthy (recycling and new technologies); Cyndi Rhoades (recycling and ethical production); Amy Twigger (recycling and systems and services) and Emma Neuberg (recycling and long life).

Becky Earley then presented the Worn Again research project and the newly emerging knowledge around the interconnection of several design strategies for design-led upcycling.

For the afternoon session key participants from industry were invited to contribute to an informal panel discussion, or ‘interface’, with the designers and audience, to discuss the potential for shifting these ideas into mainstream and larger scale commercial production. This was chaired by Dr Jo Heeley


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