About three weeks ago, on November 23-24, a global conference on circularity, design and textiles, called Circular Transitions, took place in central London. The two-days’ event was the first global event “to bring together academic and industry research concerned with designing fashion textiles for the circular economy”, according to the conference website. At the conference, Green Strategy’s Anna contributed with a poster entitled “Circular Fashion Essentials”. (See image at the bottom of this post.)
Main organizers of the conference were Professor Rebecca Earley and Dr. Kate Goldsworthy, both based at University of the Arts in London. The conference was held in the historical buildings of Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. As a global event, the conference gathered around 100 invited participants from across the world, including the United States, Spain, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. The two-days event contained keynote presentations, six parallel workshop themes (with approximately 30 academic papers), interactive sessions, a rich poster exhibition, as well as networking reception and a conference dinner at Chelsea College of Arts. Keynote presentations were held by high-level profiles such Cyndi Rhoades (Word Again), Elin Larsson (Sustainability Head of Filippa K) and Sophie Thomas (Thomas Matthews). The workshops were organised into three main themes: Materials, Models and Mindsets. The full program can be downloaded here.
The conference was highly inspirational in many ways, providing not only quality presentations and interesting open discussions and but also time for more personal conversations and valuable networking. Below are some pictures from the event.
Written and published by Anna Brismar, December 20, 2016. (Updated with additional photos on January 10, 2017)