Holly McQuillan


Holly McQuillan’s work in the field of zero waste fashion design, articulates sustainable fashion systems and practice. She focuses on issues such as transition design, the impact of technology and how these can challenge established design, production and use practices. Holly co-authored Zero Waste Fashion Design with Timo Rissanen and together they are currently writing the second edition. She also co-curated Yield: Making fashion without making waste, the first contemporary exhibition focussing on zero waste fashion, and developed the award winning open-source zero waste resource Make/Use. Their work always seeks to broaden the impact of zero waste and sustainable fashion design through research, publication, workshops and lectures. Holly’s PhD explored zero waste systems thinking through the innovative design and production of textile-forms. 

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  1. My head is spinning…. how on earth can you come up with those patterns?? Amazing! I’ve been doing pattern drafting for the past 3 years and i always go thro hoops to try not to waste too much fabric when i cut. I’m really interested in doing zero-waste cos where i live, i just heard on the radio yesterday that on average, each resident produce 1 ton of trash every year! 1 ton!! I want to do more sustainable fashion, can you give me a few pointers where/how i can start? Just to start kick-start my research?

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