2021 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.

You can find out more about Erin’s work via their website https://erinoliviadesigns.wordpress.comor on Instagram @erinoliviawilliams

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


Useful links that Erin used for her Bode case study:

You can view some images of Erin’s work below (click the images to view full screen):

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