Tara Baoth Mooney specialises in methods of exploring empathic design for sustainability though fashion and textiles.
In a post catwalk world, Tara investigates the hidden narratives embedded within fashion and through these narratives extrapolates the deeper meanings which lie behind the textiles and garments we wear.
In her work, she returns constantly to the theme of garments as cladding and what that means to humans on a daily basis. She views external cladding as an interface between people and the environment which they inhabit. For it is through our clothing that we forge personal systems of identity constructed with deliberation and care, holding potential for reflection and enabling ideas around emotional durability and inter-personal communication.
Tara holds a Masters with distinction from the London College of Fashion and is a PHD researcher at Wolverhampton University where she is investigating the use of textiles and clothing as multisensory triggers for memory and narrative to explore sense of self and personhood for people with early stage Dementia.
As an artist and designer, Tara’s work has brought her from the heart of fashion production in China, Bangladesh and India to work in New York, London and Ireland. Her work is featured in Kate Fletchers book ‘Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion (2016) and the textbook on Sustainable Fashion ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ by Alison Gwilt (2014). Tara is also a named inventor on the patent ‘A system and method for garment design online’ (WO/2009/118197)
Over the last 3 years, Tara has traveled to Bangladesh for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to support their Better Work in Textiles and Garments (BWTG) programme. The objective of this project is to enable knowledge transfer and sharing of specialist activities between LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion and the Bangladesh University of Fashion and Textiles. The project develops capacity for creative thinking and entrepreneurial skills around the concepts of sustainability and innovation.