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Fashion’s Micro-Utopias

Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series

Rissanen Artwork Manifesto of Making

This seminar is part of the School of Art & Design's Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series and will be presented by Dr Timo Rissanen,  an artist, designer and educator based in New York. Dr Rissanen will present his current research and teaching in sustainability in fashion, focusing on design for micro-utopias in a fashion systems context.

  • From: Wednesday 20 June 2018, 12 pm
  • To: Wednesday 20 June 2018, 2 pm
  • Location: Newton Lecture Theatre 2, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
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This talk by Dr Timo Rissannen will present Dr. Rissanen's current research and teaching in sustainability in fashion, focusing on design for micro-utopias in a fashion systems context. A new economic context for fashion is proposed, building on work by economists Manfred Max-Neef and Kate Raworth: fashion is re-imagined boldly within a just society on a flourishing planet. Rissanen asks: what would fashion be like as a system if its underlying rationale were the fulfilment of fundamental human needs? Given the urgent need for profound systems change, this talk has a bold goal: to empower and enable the audience to imagine unthinkable yet actionable futures, as creators, as fashion users and as citizens.


Dr. Timo Rissanen is an artist, designer and educator, and since 2010 he has been the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons School of Design in New York. He also serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, and he is one of the Associate Directors of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School. He was born in Finland and trained as a fashion designer at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in Australia. As an artist Rissanen focuses on labour, politics and love through installation, performance and cross-stitched poetry. He has co-published two books on fashion and sustainability, Shaping Sustainable Fashion with Alison Gwilt in 2011 and Zero Waste Fashion Design with Holly McQuillan in 2016.

Further Information

The seminar will be hosted by Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode, Head of Fashion Textiles and Knitwear, and will consist of a talk in Newton Lecture Theatre 2 (City Campus) followed by questions and discussion. This event is free to attend and registration is not required.

Refreshments will be available at 12 pm, and the talk will begin at 12:30 pm.

For any queries, please contact Dr Iryna Kuksa

Image courtesy of Timo Rissanen

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Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street

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