WEAR Sustain is a research and innovation initiative aimed to engage art, design and creative industries to work more closely with technology and engineering industries, to shift the development of the wearables and e-textile landscape towards a more sustainable and ethical approach.
Digital Catapult are sponsoring and hosting WEAR Sustain’s London launch event on Wednesday 3rd May. Delegates will hear from speakers including Anne Prahl, an independent designer who specialises in design for sustainability; Ed Gillespie, the founder of communications agency Futerra Consultancy and Professor Martin Charter, Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design & Professor at University for the Creative Arts and Professor Sandy Black, Professor of Fashion & Textile Design & Technology, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion.
During the afternoon, breakout groups will also discuss issues and constraints around the lifecycle of design, innovation, development, manufacturing, distribution and waste management for wearable technologies and smart textiles and how to get around it.
In the evening Camille Baker from University for the Creative Arts will launch WEAR Sustain Open Call ahead of a networking event aimed at connecting designers, artists, technologists and engineers together to collaborate on innovations for the WEAR Sustain project.