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Course Description

The current industrialised fashion industry is patently disconnected from feeling a sense of its place within the boundaries and ecosystem of the natural world. People in the Western developed world are on the whole, wearing clothes that are made of synthetic fibres, that were made somewhere far away, as the impacts on people, and place are out of sight out of mind. This course, inspired by the work of Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed,Cradle to Cradle, the Circular Economy, Doughnut Economics, asks students to consider the environmental, economic and social benefits of a decentralized textile supply chain. This course will consider principles of regenerative agriculture & regenerative economics, permaculture, circular thinking, transition design, systems thinking, localism/relocalization, biomimicry and slow fashion to add a new dimension to fashion, allowing for a reconsideration of our relationship with Earth and its limited resources. It asks, can we transform the fashion system to find its equilibrium so that fashion and textiles are a force for positive change? Can we shift our thinking to learn from nature, to design for decomposition, and to design for dispersal. Enhancing ecosystems to boost biodiversity, build soil, support communities, and clean up existing pollution.

Course Length - Online 9 weeks

Learner Outcomes

  • Show competency in the analysis of the material flows of the industrial system and the natural systems as a comparison in order to identify a strategic sustainability opportunity in which to position your work.
  • Show an understanding the principles of regenerative agriculture & regenerative economics, and other associated approaches such as permaculture, transition design, systems thinking, localism/relocalization, biomimicry and slow fashion 
  • Have the ability to creatively synthesize problem solving and translation of research into an individualized design concept and process
  • Show an understanding of material processes, fabric technology and technical construction methods that reference individual perspectives and interdisciplinary sources
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