At the Fashion Professorship at ArtEZ, I am delving into reframing and rethinking circular design strategies in a Western fashion discourse. By diving into what emotional durability signifies when it comes to Vlisco’s textiles, I investigate the multi-cultural dimensions of the Dutch textile company as well as modern reinterpretations of its textile products.Read More
Fashion designers have the unique opportunity to change the way products and materials are made, used and disposed of. As carriers of change, they are able to positively contribute to environmental and social impacts, re-utilising products and materials that will be part of the future of closed-loop systems. In order to do so, it is crucial these creative makers understand the complete lifecycle of the textiles and products that are being utilised in practice.Read More
“There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. A man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down.
Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time.
In existential mathematics that experience takes the form of two basic equations: The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”
― Milan Kundera, Slowness
The relationship between slowness and Fashion, especially in relation to memory, is highly intriguing when pondering on how we connect to a piece of clothing or accessory. It is the memories we build or we hold on to that can connect us deeply with a product, and in turn inspire us to treasure it, care for it, groom it, perhaps even be so scared of ruining it by wearing it. Almost 50% of products that are not returned back to the store are due to subjective emotional reasons. There is a lot to say about the power of positive emotional attributes to the objects that we wear. And with this is in mind, I would like to encourage the industry to design for positive emotional experiences, ones that ultimately ensure we do not throw away what we buy so readily, and that we foster for lifetimes and lifetimes to come.
How can the fashion industry be inspired by the doughnut economy, in order to create a deeper connection with their consumers and ultimately bring the production and consumption closer to human well-being?Read More