‘Circular by Design’ Chiasma – Speakers Announced

18 February 2015

Design in Action is delighted to announce that those who are selected for our upcoming ‘Circular by Design’ Chiasma will get to enjoy a keynote speech from renowned British fashion designer and ethical pioneer, Katharine Hamnett, as well as webinar sessions with three very special guests.

Keynote Speaker – Katharine Hamnett, CBE

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(Image by Alex Sturrock / KH)

Katharine Hamnett is a global heritage brand, famous for making great clothes that you keep forever, launching new trends, creating new fabrics and inventing new technical processes as well as campaigning for political and social issues.

Katharine Hamnett has received awards including Designer of the Year (1984), Cotton Designer of the Year (CottonInc 1983), Bath Museum Menswear Awards (1984) and the BKCC award for export (1984). Katharine has also been awarded CBE (Commander of the Order of the Queen) in 2011.

Katharine is the pioneer of ethical and environmental clothing, a leading ethical and environmental spokesperson and has the ability to generate international media attention across news, current affairs as well as fashion. She was voted ‘Britain’s number 1 Ethical Hero’ by New Consumer magazine and ‘Queen of Green’ by UK Vogue.

The Katharine Hamnett mission statement: To produce ethical and environmental clothing on a large scale, alleviating poverty and preserve traditional skills.

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Webinar Speakers

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Prof. Becky Earley

Becky Earley is a Professor in Sustainable Textile and Fashion Design at University of the Arts London, part of Textiles Environment Design (TED) at Chelsea and Director of the University’s Textile Futures Research Centre (TFRC), Central St Martins. She is a textile designer and academic whose research work and creative practice has sought to develop strategies for the designer to employ in seeking to reduce the environmental impact of textile production, consumption and disposal.

Becky’s core approach is based on learning through practice – making textile work in order to realise new ideas that will drive the reflection and resulting theory. Her Top 100 and Worn Again projects perfectly exemplify this, and she has made significant contribution to the emerging field of textiles upcycling. As a lead researcher in both TED and TFRC, Becky’s research is also driven by collaboration and the new MISTRA Future Fashion project will continue to develop this way of working, this time bringing the participating designers together with scientists through a Swedish research consortium.

Dr Kate Goldsworthy

Dr Kate Goldsworthy is Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London. With almost 20 years of experience as a textile designer, consultant and academic, her core interests are ‘cyclability’, new finishing and production technologies and material innovation.  Her current research is focused on ‘design for the circular economy’, proposing more sustainable production systems for the textile industry, and pioneering design solutions for the recycling and reuse of polyesters. She is a regular advisor to industry and has contributed to international publications, conferences and exhibitions. She recently gave evidence at the UK Parliamentary Commission on ‘Growing a Circular Economy’.

Sophie Thomas

Sophie Thomas is co-director of Design in the Action Research Centre at the RSA. She has been working in the fields of sustainable design, behaviour change and material process through her design agency, Thomas.Matthews ltd for over 15 years and as Director of Design for Useful Simple Projects.

Sophie has extensive practical experience in the delivering award-winning, innovative and highly sustainable communication pieces. She has worked with complex and multi-layered clients from the public consultation programme for the Olympic Park Legacy Masterplan, to the wayfinding signage and identity for the recently completed Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.

Through her campaigning work she has founded a number of social enterprises that aim to advance the design industry’s capacity to respond to environmental challenges through knowledge sharing and investigation.

Dr Conny Bakker

Dr. Conny Bakker is associate professor at the TU Delft, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, where she coordinates and teaches several courses in Sustainable Design and Circular Product Design. Her research field is Design for the Circular Economy, in particular the design and development of products that are used more than once (i.e. that have multiple lifecycles). It explores strategies such as product life-extension, reuse, remanufacturing and recycling, and the business models that enable these strategies. A second research interest is the field of user centred sustainable design, which focuses on exploring the relationships between consumer behaviour, sustainability and design. Conny Bakker holds a PhD in ‘environmental information for industrial designers’, which she obtained in 1995 while working at the research organisation TNO.