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Design for Sustainability - Fashion and Textiles

Design for Sustainability - Fashion and Textiles

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
A Researcher from the Centre for Circular Design (CCD)


Sustainable Design is high on the agenda within the textiles industry, with a huge, yet under utilised potential to influence environmental and social change. On this course you will learn how to make textile design decisions to create more sustainable materials and products.

This one day course will introduce you to a set of design strategies (The TEN) created by the Textile Environment Design (TED) research group. Using this practical resource tool you will be guided through the complex terrain of sustainability and identify workable ideas for systemic change within the textile industry. You will perform design tasks using worksheets, applying each of The TEN strategies to a real textile product in order to redesign and improve it. The workshop leader will show you examples and case studies for each strategy, before guiding you through each task.

Topics covered

  • Reducing waste and lifecycle thinking
  • Textile design for product manufacture, use and disposal
  • Reducing chemical, water and energy use through design
  • The potential of new technologies
  • How history, culture and ethical considerations can inform sustainable design
  • Designing to influence and support user behaviour and habits
  • Understanding barriers to change and finding design opportunities
  • Design Activism, communication, collaboration and mindset change

    Course outcomes
    You will have a better idea of which fabrics to choose, for what kind of product. You will know more about the ways to finish and surface textiles, and the impacts that come from each technique. You will know how to make a textile product in an ‘improved’ way – how cut, colour and style decisions can be guided by The TEN strategies. You will have experience of, and access to, the tools and worksheets that will help to continue to develop your thinking. You will have experienced the inner-workings of a University textile research centre, and be able to link academic texts to your own practice, knowing more about where this information can be found and how best to use it.

    Who should attend
    This course is essential for anyone studying or working in textiles and fashion textiles. Whether you are a student, practising designer or simply working within the fashion, interior, product or architectural industry. This course will give you the fundamental principles of sustainable design today, whilst showing you where the future is heading.

    All Levels Welcome
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    Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

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    Tutor Description

    CCD was founded in September 2017 by Co-Directors Professor Rebecca Earley and Dr Kate Goldsworthy, building on the specialisms and expertise established within the Textile Environment Design (TED) research group since 1996. CCD researchers are world leading in practice-based and design-led research for textile research. Their work is focused on how design practice can innovate and inform the development of sustainable and circular materials, textiles, fashion and other design fields. CCD have worked with many influential industry clients including H&M, Marks & Spencer, Ikea, Puma and The North Face.


    Please bring the following items with you to the course:

    • A notepad and pen
    • A textile product that may get selected for a redesign task


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