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Holly McQuillan: Zero Waste Fashion Designer

Special Event, February


Holly McQuillan: Zero Waste Fashion Designer Admission: $5 for Students, $10 for TAC Member $15 for FAMSF Members, $20 General

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 1 p.m. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

The fashion and textiles industry is the second largest generator of pollution and waste in the world. From textile manufacture through to retail and end-of-life, clothing has a massive impact on both natural and human resources. Make/Use attempts to address waste generation at three stages in the garment life cycle – production, retail, and (dis)use.

Make/Use explores what might occur if we consider not only the aesthetic of the garments we wear, but also the way we use them and the waste we create when we make them. This ongoing research-through-design project questions conventions of the clothing industry in relation to knowledge-keeping, production practices and material use. Through developing open-source, user-modifiable, zero waste designs, Make/Use aims to empower everyday users of clothing, and challenges them to question the relationships they have with their present and future garments.

Holly McQuillan is a designer, maker, writer and facilitator, working primarily in the field of sustainable design practice. Holly teaches at Massey University School of Design, across all levels; undergraduate, post-graduate, as well as delivering master-classes to the public. Her work often explores risk taking in the context of fashion design as a way of discovering new ways of viewing and creating the world we live in. Currently Holly has co-authored the first comprehensive book on Zero Waste Fashion Design and recently mounted a collaborative exhibition titled Make/Use exploring the intersections of Zero Waste and Open Design.


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