Episode 6: Erin Williams
Upcycling Beyond Resource Efficiency: Creating Attachment and Emotional Comfort between Garment and Wearer
This episode features a conversation with Erin Williams, a final year student on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at Cardiff School of Art & Design, about their final year research which explores the role that upcycling can play in creating a more sustainable approach to fashion as well as creating an attachment between people and their clothes.
In conversation with Erin are Dr Martyn Woodward, Associate Dean: Student Engagement, and her dissertation supervisor Huw Williams, Lecturer: Artist Designer Maker.
If you would like to follow up on some of the ideas discussed in this episode you may find the following resources interesting:
- Chapman, J (2005) ‘Emotionally Durable Design: Objects, Experiences and Empathy’ London: Earthscan
- Braungart, M and McDonough, W (2009) ‘Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things’ London: Vintage
- Fletcher, K (2008) ‘Sustainable Fashion and Textiles Design Journeys’ [E-book] Sterling: Routledge
- Fletcher, K and Grose, L (2012) ‘Fashion and Sustainability: Design For Change’ London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd
- Fashion Revolution have some really useful free guides covering topics from repairs and mending to writing letters to brands or policy makers: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/resources/how-tos/
- The Ellen MacArthur Foundation: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org
Useful links that Erin used for her Bode case study:
- https://www.wsj.com/articles/emily- adams-bodes-clothes-are-love-letters-to-the-past-11554993288
You can view some images of Erin’s work below (click the images to view full screen):