My practice research is also supported by: curating exhibitions; writing lectures, papers and reports; studio teaching; and most recently developing film scripts and animations in collaboration with other artists.
While the environmental impacts of our production and consumption system have become increasingly discussed and brought to the fore, and textile/fashion designers have begun to consider their responsibilities as creators of unsustainable products and systems, there have been few tools or frameworks for designers to be pro-active. I became frustrated by the lack of real action in light of these often depressing facts, and wanted to create some strategies for positive change.
The TEN (Earley & Politowicz, 2010) – a set of sustainable design strategies – is one of the main outcomes from my time spent remaking these shirts. The strategies have emerged out of a need for a toolbox for designers to help them navigate the complexity of sustainability issues and to offer real ways for designing 'better'. The TEN and are continually changing and adapting. Find out more and watch the animations here.