Opening remarks: Why here, why now?
Discussion to summarize questions for future discussions.
Who grows your clothes?
Until the late 20th century this would have been an easy question to answer. The textile industry was an integral part of North America's agricultural economy. The growing of flax, hemp and natural dye colours, the processing of spinning yarn and weaving cloth were localized activities.
In the early 21st century 90% of cloth is produced by one country. Most clothing is made cheaply at an unsustainable cost to the planet.
Something has to change. Textile industry stakeholders ranging from agriculturalists, craft persons, textile and fashion designers, retailers to consumers are situated to challenge the status quo, by once again thinking locally.
Make connections: Join the NSCAD Textiles / Fashion department for a lecture series that will explore three sectors of the emerging localized textiles industry.
Sow to Sew will take place at NSCAD University's Bell Auditorium (room D440), which is best reached through the 5163 Duke Street entrance (more info).
If you have questions, please contact Robin Muller:
|Email:||rmuller (at) nscad (dot) ca|
|Phone:||(902) 494 8173|
NSCAD University has supported this project in many ways, including awarding the President's Research Grant to Textiles/Fashion faculty members Frances Dorsey, Gary Markle and Robin Muller.
Dorsey, Markle and Muller developed prototypes for products that could be made of fibers and dyes grown and processed in Nova Scotia in the future.
This grant covered supplies and student research assistants to create prototypes of linen fabrics: mordant printed and dyed yardages and woven fabrics made on hand and jacquard looms. These are used to create clothing using original patterns that have a flexible fit and economical cut.
The resulting clothing and kitchen fabrics will be shown at Sow to Sew.