Ever and Again - Experimental Recycled Textiles
We have been remiss in not letting you know about this inspiring exhibition before now. However, there's still time ('til Thurs, 25th Oct.) to have your views of sustainable textiles revitalised by Ever and Again. Borne from the Textile Environment Design (TED) research unit at the Chelsea College of Art + Design in London, this exhibition showcases the recent work of eleven textile designers and five guest artists and designers.
Curated by the innovative textile designer and senior research fellow Rebecca Earley, this show seeks to address ideas about ethical production, long/short life design, systems and services and new technologies. Amongst the designers included in the show are Lorna Bircham, Melanie Bowles, Kathryn Round and Gary Page. Natalie Chanin, bringing over her Alabama charm, is also taking part as a guest designer. Lucy Siegle writes in her introduction to the exhibition: "Ever & Again isn’t about recycling, it’s about upcycling, adding value through innovation and creativity. The potential seems boundless....The ideas here are not just theoretical. They are real and have potential to see off anti-environmental interlopers, such as fast fashion. Above all – and this is what I particularly appreciate – they are directed at putting the consumer in control."
We found out about the Ever and Again exhibition at the recent Eco Textile Design Salon presented by Textile Futures Research Group in London. It was a fascinating and educational afternoon of conversations between designers discussing their work in the textile industry. Rebecca Earley talked to Natalie Chanin, Carole Collet of Central St. Martins talked to Maja Kuzmanovic of FOAM, and Sandy Black of the London College of Fashion talked to Christoph Bergmann of Clariant.
Later the same day a version of Question Time was staged with a prestigious line up of panelists, including Rebecca Earley, journalist and author Tamsin Blanchard, Kate Goldsworthy, the inspiring Lynda Grose, the formidable Clare Brass and Kindley Walsh Lawlor, the Senior Director of Social responsibility for Gap inc., who sponsored the whole event.