designer and researcher


I am a lecturer in the fashion design program at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington. My research focuses on sustainable design practice within a contemporary material culture framework. Since completing my Masters of Design, which explored the presentation of cultural memory through garment design, my work has focused on exploring the possibilities that arise when garment design is restrained by one goal – zero-waste. I’ve presented my research at IFFTI 2009, 2010, exhibited my work in “Surplus and Creativity: Design and the Ready-Made” at DOC, in “Hot House Season 3” at TheNewDowse Gallery, Seoul Fashion Art Biennale 2010, YIELD: Making Fashion Without Making Waste, ZERø Waste: Fashion RePatterned and Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the Paradox. I have a chapter in “Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the way we make and use clothes” edited by Timo Rissanen and Alison Gwilt and I facilitated and hosted The Cutting Circle in 2011. My work features in “Eco Fashion” by Sass Brown and has been profiled in the New York Times, Fast Company, New Zealand Herald, Radio New Zealand and many other forums. Upcoming projects and exhibitions include workshops in California, Helsinki and Paris, developing the first zero waste collection for a major clothing producer and further developing The Cutting Circle with Timo Rissanen and Julian Roberts.




3 responses

  1. awesome and inspiring! great site and articles. with strong ideas that do change the world. thanks!

    February 17, 2010 at 5:21 am

  2. Interested in connecting with people who are trying to re – invent the wheel for fashion.
    Very inspiring work and ideas. Ritesh

    August 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm

  3. Kay

    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?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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