Utopia by Design


The first London Design Biennale will open this September, 7 – 27 September, at Somerset House with over 30 countries participating. Nations from six continents will present newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design. Selvedge-London-Design-Biennale-image As part of the London Design Biennale's talks program Polly Leonard, Founder Selvedge, will lead a discussion that considers how in a world of fast fashion, when a new tee shirt can cost less than a cup of coffee, we can reconcile providing income to makers in developing countries while acknowledging the carbon footprint of our clothes. mayer-peace-collection1 As well as investigating how we can justify making more garments when there are wardrobes bursting with deserted clothes, she will look at pre-Industrial Revolution textile production methods as a possible ways to engage with sustainable production for the future.
Make sure to catch Selvedge's discussion Back to the Future: sustainability in contemporary textile production, speakers will include Polly Leonard - Founder of Selvedge, Safia Minney - MBE FRSA, Founder of People Tree and Carin Mansfield - slow fashion designer and Founder of Universal Utility. Saturday 24 September, 4pm Images Christina Mayer Peace Collection.

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