From time to time we also participate in talks and conferences. Below is a list of some of the selected presentations from the past.
Redesigning Together,The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden, 2018
Re/defining Fashion Through Cultural Craftivism, BIBAC International Conference; Building Interdisciplinary Bridges Across Cultures, 2014, Cambridge, UK
The Life of a Dress as Research- sharing session, Integrated Design Class, Parsons, 2013, New York, US
The Life of a Dress, Mexico, International Non-Western Fashion Conference; Constructing National Identity Through Fashion, London College of Fashion, 2013, London, UK
Moda Reciclada & Sustentabilidad, Universidad Iberoamericana, 2012, Mexico City, Mexico
Re-Disenando nuevas Prendas de Ropas Usadas, 2012, Chiapas, Mexico
The Life of a Dress, Furb Universidade, 2012, Blumenau, Brazil
The Process behind dreamandawake, Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 2009, Hong Kong, China
What could cause greater upheaval in any system of trade than the consumer becoming the producer?
The Life of a Dress is a platform for workshops, exhibitions and installations. It is an ongoing project aiming to learn more about collaborative approaches that could contribute to reducing the growing mountain of second-hand garments created by overproduction.
The project has been running since 2010 when the first small exhibition was set up in a cultural centre in Gothenburg, Sweden. It then started its journey by visting different countries such as Mozambique, Hong Kong, Mexico and Singapore. The project is continuously developing and can take on different shapes depending on its context and people involved. It can be organised for indidivudals and smaller groups or be set up to fit larger group gatherings and eductional institutions.
The workshops are organised to share and develop knowledge through the making process. Learning and in particular to relearn old patterns of skills, behaviours and mindsets, are central themes in the search for new sustainable contributions to for example consumption. By cutting into old materials and share knowledge together in a group setting, new ideas and questions tend to appear as the participants gain practical insight in how to tranform and give new value to old materials.
The exhibitions are set up around different themes depending on the context and setting of the project. It can be made prior to the workshop as well as made during a workshop. It may be in the shape of inspiring wallmounted photographs and film screenings as well as mixed media artworks (music, sketches, collage, animations) made by the participants of the ongoing workshop.
The installations are set up with photos and films showing inspiring redesign examples and ways that second-hand garments could be rejuvenated through design and visual media. A workshop is then placed in the midst of the installation where materials and tools are placed out for the participant to use for their own exploration and the quest of what sustainability could be.