In Conversation: Textiles and Fashion

The Goldsmiths Fashion Research Unit, Special Collections & Archives and The Design Department invite you to:

In Conversation Textiles and Fashion: Rose Sinclair with Philip Richards, Mo Tomaney and Dr Julia Gaimster.

Tuesday 30th June 2015, 6.00pm-8.00pm

Venue: Special Collections & Archives, Goldsmiths, London SE14 6NW

This event marks the recent publication of the Textiles and Fashion: Materials, Design and Technology, a volume in the Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles, edited by Rose Sinclair, a Lecturer in Textiles, in the Design Department. The book gathers together 31 chapters by authors from around the world, who are both academics and practitioners including chapters by Rose Sinclair, Mo Tomaney, Philip Richards, and Dr Julia Gaimster.

Rose will speak about the process behind the book and then her practice of pedagogy which the book also reflects. Philip Richards will speak on the relationship between his technology background and the place of the humanities in the textiles technology discourse, and the work he does in textile industry. Mo Tomaney will focus on the place of sustainable thinking alongside sustainable practices, whilst Dr Julia Gaimster will draw on Visual Research Methods and the place of Virtual Technologies in fashion design practice.

Rose’s work exists in the space between design education and design practice. Originally a knitwear designer/ yarn developer , today Rose’s work is concerned with the interaction and engagement with traditional and new digital technologies and their impact on not only on design teaching and pedagogy but also the relationship between process and practice of designing textiles and fashion. Her current research focuses on the relationship between communities and the textiles practice.

Mo Tomaney is an independent consultant in sustainability for the fashion sector, who works in both academia and across the fashion industry, and has developed her practice in the space of sustainable design and practice. Mo’s work is focussed on research driven analytical and practical interventions for sustainability and ethics in fashion and textiles that engage with creative, technical and systemic drivers in the production and consumption of fashion and textiles. Mo’s proects are often concerned with potential for or mapping of social and environmental responsibility within creative, technical and logistical processes that drive fashion excellence in a global and local marketplace.

Philip Richards counts himself as a textiles technologist, with a background in Dyeing and Finishing but balances this with engagement in the humanities. Philip worked in the UK Textiles industry for 40 years as a Dyehouse and Technical Manager in various companies, which supplied major retailers, during this time he was involved in many innovations, particularly in the area of garment processing. Since leaving Courtaulds, where he had spent most of his career, Philip has since set up his own business, Richtex Textile Consultancy.

Dr Julia Gaimster is The Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies at the London College of Fashion and has developed work in the field of Visual research methods and the use of e-learning. Julia’s research also extends across the areas of exploring the use of web 2.0 technology and virtual worlds to enhance teaching and learning in art and design. Her research interests also include Pedagogy, Virtual worlds, information technology, teaching and learning in fashion and textiles.

The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception and informal conversation.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP to r.sinclair[@]gold.ac.uk.