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Banana and Pineapple Project in Bangladesh

February 1, 2015
Doori-abaca dress made from fine banana fibre

Doori-abaca dress made from fine banana fibre


My work with UNIDO will be ending later this year but this wonderful little sustainable project will continue to grow from strength to strength….This is because the collaborators in the project: NITER, Prabartana, and the International consultants have all worked organically and methodically to bring the idea to life. It has been a great 3 years..The project is an answer to a few problems one of which is the flow of migration from rural areas to urban areas.
Bangladesh does not have an indigenous fibre industry, instead it imports a lot of the cloth that it needs to fuel its big textile industry from Uzbekistan and other cotton producing countries. This project will help to reduce reliance on these imported fibres and create a robust indigenous textile industry which is innovative, competitive, supports livelihoods and remains sustainable. The beauty of this project is that both the fibre and the organic compost are produced from what is left after fruit is harvested. Essentially it is an intervention which transforms ‘the waste’ into another product. Thus creating a closed loop system.

Voice for Change Exhibition

January 31, 2015

Collar Full Fin Exeter

I feel very privileged to have been invited to take part in this exhibition -Voice for Change which is on from the
12 January – 29 March 2015 and can be found in the UAL Showroom at High Holburn

Climate change changes everything, yet outmoded perspectives pervade many of fashion’s artistic and business practices. This exhibition marks new paths being made through listening well and looking deeply into fashion’s role in holding up a mirror up to mark our times and to contribute to change. These voices and actions are part of a quiet revolution, taking place through UAL student and alumni work. We have gathered here a range of these ideas to form a cycle of thinking that connects us to the earth, ourselves and each other through fashion’s relationships and artefacts, its meaning and its matter.

Dilys Williams, Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability

Exhibition curated by Dilys Williams and Camilla Palestra, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

A series of events runs in conjunction with the exhibition. Full information and booking can be found through UAL events


Anja Crabb
London College of Fashion/ MA Fashion and the Environment / 2011

Gareth Mitchell
London College of Communication/ MA Sound Arts / 2014

Majestic Disorder
Sean Stillmaker: London College of Communication / MA Journalism / 2014
Kelley Mullarkey: London College of Fashion/ BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism / 2015

Mariana Gomes de Negreiros
London College of Fashion/ MA Fashion Futures / 2014

Ode to A.
Sabrina Kraus López: Central Saint Martins/ MA Material Futures / 2014

Rachel Clowes
London College of Fashion / MA Fashion and the Environment / 2013

Ruiyin Lin
Central Saint Martins / BA (Hons) Jewellery Design / 2014

Susie Wareham: London College of Fashion/ MA Fashion Futures / 2014

The Deep Ecology Design Club
Ross Le Ber-Smith: Chelsea College of Arts / BA (Hons) Graphic Design Communication / 2017

Jessica Ball
London College of Fashion / MA Fashion Futures / 2016

Tara Baoth Mooney
London College of Fashion/ MA Fashion and the Environment / 2011

Zoe Grace Fletcher
London College of Fashion/ MA Fashion and the Environment / 2011

Zuzana Gombosova
Central Saint Martins/ MA Textile Futures / 2014

Dhaka again…with UNIDO Jan 2013

January 16, 2013

I am about to go to Bangladesh  for the second time. This time I am working for UNIDO as a consultant with the project Better Work in Textiles and Garments . Under this project UNIDO is working with the Ministry of Commerce to improve the RMG sector and the BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology (BUFT).

Along with the seminars and cluster workshops I will be facilitating in Dhaka, I hope to visit the singing weavers in Tangail and  meet the seed keepers that have been preserving the diverse strains of seed for hundreds of years. No basmati rice here!

More later….IMG_3726

Dhaka, Bangladesh

January 16, 2013

Went to do some work in Dhaka for the first time in May 2012. Amazing place, beautiful textiles here. This is block printing using a local paste which oxidizes and becomes fast- drying to a beautiful bluish grey.  Aranya.IMG_3717

India-West Bengal

June 28, 2012

Victoria House exhibition

February 13, 2011
Camille and claudette purse collar.

Camille and claudette purse collar.


You can watch the video ‘Time’ here

Fashion Footprints Sustainable Approaches

October 10, 2010

Conference: Fashion Transitions – Ethical Fashion Insights

To support the exhibition Fashion Footprints Sustainable Approaches, we are organizing a conference to explore further some of the areas we looked at in the exhibition…

Where: Somerset College of Arts and Technology

When: Thursday 4th November, 10.30am – 4pm – registration at 10am

Adm. £24 (including lunch), £10 student concession (does not include lunch). Booking essential – or 01392 832277

The aim of ‘Fashion Transitions’ is to provide a platform for discourse around the areas of fashion, wellbeing, nature and enterprise. The conference will encourage delegates to think about how change can happen and look to successful models of change/transition, examining how these can be applied to the fashion industry and consumer behaviour. The speakers chosen represent areas from across a wide range of disciplines.

Confirmed speakers are:

Otto von Busch, Fashion Hacktivist from Göteborg University (Sweden)

Alastair Fuad-Luke, winner of the publishing category European Environmental Design Awards for The Eco-design Handbook.

Lee Holdstock, Trade Relations Manager from the Soil Association

Piers Thomas  who  designs innovative performance-enhancing technical products to create positive change

Finisterre, a South West clothing company with a line of clothing exclusively made of rare breed wool from Devon.