ZWPC Workshops

 

What is ZWPC?

Zero Waste Pattern Cutting (ZWPC) is fashion design practice that embraces uncertainty as a way of responding sensitively to both materials and the instability of the environment. It is a step away from egocentric, hierarchical design models that prevail and a step toward a new model for garment design and production. It aims to eliminate the production of waste from the production of clothing, while importantly revealing exciting new detail, line and form.

Who am I?

I am Holly McQuillan, Zero Waste Pattern Designer, Educator and Researcher. I studied fashion design at Massey University College of Creative Arts in Wellington New Zealand and I began designing Zero Waste garments in 2004, I have been doing it ever since. I’ve delivered master-classes and lectures in NZ, UK, Taiwan and the US and have further invitations to UK, Europe, Columbia and California. I’ve been commissioned to produce ZW garments for exhibitions in Wellington, Sydney, Chicago, New York, and Seoul. I’ve written numerous papers and book chapters on ZWPC. I was listed by the NY times as one of 8 Zero Waste fashion experts globally. I am currently working with one of the worlds leading fashion producers to design their inaugural ZW fashion collection. I was curator of Yield: Making Fashion Without Making Waste and initiated The Cutting Circle, a global collective of creative pattern cutters including Timo Rissanen and Julian Roberts.

 

 ZWPC WORKSHOP FORMATS:

 ZWPC Lecture:

1 hour exploration of historical and contemporary examples of zero waste fashion design and introduction to ZWPC.

Time: 1 hour.

ZWPC Basics:

This is a ½ day lecture and demonstration exploring the basic concepts and techniques that make all forms of ZWPC easier to execute.

It covers:

•Fixed areas: locating the design of a ZW garment around an objective.

•Julia Lumsden

  • Piecing
  • Merging
  • Nesting
  • Blending
  • Creating

•Julian Roberts “Absolute Basics”

  • Plug

•Embedding: Multiple garments in a single pattern.

Time: 3 hours 15mins including breaks

ZWPC 1-Day Workshop:

Includes ‘Basics’ and in-depth studio exploration of the ‘Basics’ techniques and one of the following approaches:

• Cut and Drape: random, fluid cutting with on dress-form manipulation.

• Geo Cut: geometry inspired cutting.

• Planned Chaos: using garment blocks for ZWPC.

Participants will finish the day with a calico/muslin toile exploring this idea.

Time: 9 hours 45mins including breaks

 

ZWPC 2-Day Workshop:

Includes ‘Basics’ and in-depth studio exploration of the ‘Basics’ techniques and one or more of the following approaches:

•Cut and Drape: random, fluid cutting with on dress-form manipulation.

•Geo Cut: geometry inspired cutting.

•Planned Chaos: using garment blocks for ZWPC.

Participants will finish the 2-day workshop with either 2 toile’s or one complete ZW garment and pattern.

Time:

Day One: 9 hours 45mins including breaks

Day Two: 9 hours 30mins including breaks

Please contact me for information of fees and requirements

Other formats and timeframes are available on request; please let me know what you are after.


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