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Knit, Reknit and Reimagine

An Inaugural Lecture by Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd, Associate Professor in Fashion and Sustainability.

Knit, Reknit and Reimagine
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In this online lecture, Amy Twigger Holroyd will reflect on two decades of sustainability-focused fashion design research and practice, considering the issues and ideas that have driven her work and the manifold ways in which her activities and understandings have evolved.

Event details

In this online lecture, Amy Twigger Holroyd will reflect on two decades of sustainability-focused fashion design research and practice, considering the issues and ideas that have driven her work and the manifold ways in which her activities and understandings have evolved.

Amy will focus on three phases in her practice: the ten years that she spent running her ‘craft fashion’ knitwear label, Keep & Share; the doctoral research that developed into her Folk Fashion monograph and the Reknit Revolution initiative; and the recently launched Fashion Fictions project, which brings people together to generate, experience and reflect on engaging fictional visions of alternative fashion cultures and systems.

With each step forward, Amy’s practice has shifted in terms of its design focus and her relationship with others: from seamlessly constructed knitwear created for individual customers to instructional resources that scaffold open participation and collaboration. While driven by the multifaceted challenge of sustainability throughout, the context and conceptual scale of her work has likewise expanded, from the development of an alternative model for a fashion business to the imagining of fashion worlds beyond the consumer capitalism of late modernity.

Biography

Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd is a designer, maker, researcher and writer whose design work has been featured in various exhibitions, books and publications, from Vogue to Fashion Theory. Current AHRC-funded projects include Crafting the Commons, a network interrogating intersections between craft practices and emergent academic research on the commons, and Stitching Together, a network fostering critical dialogue around participatory textile making methods in research and practice. Since joining NTU in 2016 Amy’s teaching work has included Design, Culture and Context modules for undergraduate students, sustainability-focused seminars for MA students and PhD supervision.

Photograph by Jonathan Hamilton

Programme

18.00 – Introduction by DVC Sharon Huttly

18.05 – Inaugural Lecture –  Associate Professor Amy Twigger Holroyd

18.50 – Q & A

19.00 – Closing Thanks – Executive Dean Michael Marsden

19.05 – Finish

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