Design seminar: Jennifer Whittey

Time: 2014-10-28, 13:00 — 14:30
Location: The Gallery, floor 1, The Swedish School of Textiles
Event Type: Seminar

Jennifer Whittey, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington New Zealand, www.wardrobehack.com

Jennifer Whitty is a designer and researcher working in fashion design.  She has engaged in approaches to clothing ranging from garment design/creation (bespoke/couture to mass production) to alternative design strategies; incorporating film, performance, installations, workshops and more recently digital interaction.  She focuses on creating new, more flexible and sustainable ways of thinking, creating and responding to clothing that attempts to address the damaging effects of the fashion industry such as shortened life span of products, environmental waste, and loss of traditions. 

Having worked in the industry in the fashion centres of New York, London and Paris, Whitty has a particular interest in new modes of practice that will redefine the future of fashion.  She was recently the co-lead of the Wellington facet of ‘Local Wisdom’ an international fashion research project exploring the 'craft of use' led by Dr Kate Fletcher, Reader in Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion. 

Whitty’s work has been exhibited in Japan, USA, Ireland, Greece, U.K, NZ and Italy. She was the winner of the `New Designer Grand Prix Competition’, Japan, and the ‘National Craft Fair of Ireland Award’, Royal Dublin Society and was commended in ‘The Design for our Future Selves Awards Scheme' RCA London.

The design seminars at The Swedish School of Textiles are open for anyone and free of charge. The seats are limited.