1. Mathilda What's up Writings : Designing with the other 90%

    Cumulus Johannesburg, 22-24 September. 2014

    In September 2014, the Cumulus conference Designing with the 90%, took place in Johannesburg. The conference proceedings are now available on-line. They include Mathilda Tham’s paper Off-centre – a call for humble lessons for design which offers a critique of and a creative response to a Western centric and anthropocentric worldview in design and design education.


  2. Mathilda What's up Writings Mathilda What's up Writings : Routledge Handbook for Sustainability and Fashion

     

    Routledge, London, 2015

    Routledge Handbook for Sustainability and Fashion, which Mathilda has co-edited with Kate Fletcher, is now out. With the bold ambition of setting the research agenda for fashion and sustainability for the next ten years, the book comprises chapters from a broad range of key scholars and practitioners in the field of sustainability/fashion, including John Thackara, John Ehrenfeldt, Lynda Grose, Ann Thorpe, Otto von Busch, Joanne Entwistle. Mathilda’s chapter Futures of futures studies in fashion draws on a framework for peace building to explore new pathways for sustainability endeavours in fashion.


  3. Mathilda What's up Writings Mathilda What's up Writings Anette Teaching What's up Workshops : metadesign and a music festival

    Masters Design (MA) programme at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo 4. November 2013

    To kick off this year’s Socially Responsive Design (SRvD) project for the MA design students at Oslo National Academy of the Arts  (KHiO), Anette facilitated 2-days of workshops using a metadesign tools and methods to look at issues around sustainability and design at a systemic level. This year’s case study is the Hove Festival, one of  Norway’s largest music festivals. With the aim to address sustainable consumption and behaviour change, students will question: How can a festival be doing the most good? Through observation and research the students should create interventions and playful events that can challenge wasteful behaviours and attitudes of the festival goers.


  4. Mathilda What's up Writings Mathilda What's up Writings Anette Teaching What's up Workshops Mathilda Teaching What's up Workshops : Mapping Design – across all times and everything

    Workshop, Department of Design, Goldsmiths, University of London, 6 February 2013

    Mathilda facilitated a workshop with the BA Design first year students, as part of their contextual course Ecology and Design. In the workshop we explored how objects of design are influenced by, and influence difference aspects of society and over time  – a really big scale outlook on design, based in the materiality of and our relationships with everyday objects. We used Stewart Brand’s model of civilization, with six layers from the very slow, ‘nature’, through ‘culture’, ‘governance’, ‘infrastructure’, ‘commerce’ to the very fast, ‘fashion’ as a starting point, adding a continuum from ‘positive’ to ‘negative’ impact. We plotted the model on the floor of the big workshop space, placing objects we had brought in where we thought they best fit. Then we used string to explore links between different objects and layers. This was a process of negotiation and provoked challenging discussions. Did the clock origin from culture or governance? What is its contribution to our lifestyles today? And what about sneakers?

    Brand, S. 1999. The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.


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    Award ceremony at the Architecture Museum in Stockholm, 30 January 2013

    Mathilda, in her role as Associate of Sustainable Fashion Academy, Sweden, co-moderated the award ceremony and panel debate Global Leadership Award at the Architecture Museum in Stockholm. The award was presented to DEFRA and WRAP for their important work on the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap and Action Plan in the UK. The panel debate, which was part of the award ceremony, featured the Swedish Environmental Minister, Lena Ek, Helena Helmersson, Head of Sustainability at fashion giant H&M, and prominent guests from the UK, including Jennifer Decker of WRAP, the Baroness Lola Young, parliamentarian in the House of Lords. Here many important issues were raised and even some pledges were made.


  6. Mathilda What's up Writings Mathilda What's up Writings Anette Teaching What's up Workshops Mathilda Teaching What's up Workshops Happenings Ideas Mathilda What's up Consultancy Ideas Workshops : Sustainable Apparel Futures – Sweden 2030

    Workshop, Architecture Museum, Stockholm 30 January 2013

    In conjunction with the Global Leadership Award at the Architecture Museum in Stockholm, a big workshop for the apparel sector – hosted by The Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Sustainable Development - to begin the process of developing a ambitious and long-term sustainability vision for the apparel industry in Sweden and the Nordic region. Mathilda, who has been part of running the Sustainable Fashion Academy since its start in 2007, facilitated the working group on the Future of the Fashion Experience. Anette facilitated the working group on the Future of Social Responsibility. The workshop brought together leading members from the commercial apparel sector, politicians, government agencies, advocacy organizations, investors, research institutions, and the media.


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    Konstfack, Stockholm, 17 January 2013

    Mathilda delivered the lecture Metadesign and Fashion – How can we mobilise design sensibilities for sustainable products, systems and paradigms? at the Anthropocene seminar hosted by department of Industrial Design, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm and organized by Martin Avila. The seminar explored design’s role in the anthropocene – “the human age”, our current geological period. Other speakers were Garry Peterson, Professor of Environmental Sciences, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Jakob von Heland, Filmmaker and consultant on human ecology and resilience. You can see Mathilda’s lecture here.


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    LCF, London, 27 November 2012

    The new and richly illustrated The Sustainable Fashion Handbook edited by Professor Sandy Black and published by Thames & Hudson was launched with a talk by the editor at London College of Fashion. Mathilda has contributed with the chapter Slow and fast fashion – Towards honouring the fashion moment in environmental strategies for fashion. The text discusses scenarios for new ways of engaging with fashion, from producer and user perspectives, and draws on empirical research from the Lifetimes project (with Dr Kate Fletcher) and Mathilda’s own PhD project Lucky People Forecast. The book includes texts from leading experts and thinkers in the field, including Dr Kate Fletcher and Professor Otto von Busch and interviews with and statements from key actors, such as Vivienne Westwood.
    Tham, M. (2012). Slow and fast fashion – Towards honouring the fashion moment in environmental strategies for fashion. In Black, S. (ed.) The Sustainable Fashion Handbook. London: Thames and Hudson.

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    School of Design, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, 19 October 2012

    We, Mathilda and Anette were invited to hold a full-day workshop for the staff in the school of Design at Linnaeus University. The purpose of the day was to offer an experience of some pedagogical approaches to sustainability that have emerged from our metadesign research, and to prompt discussion on diverse ways of engaging with sustainability in design education. The design of the day was based on the framework of ‘co-operative inquiry’ (Reason and Heron, 2001) and led to interesting reflections on managing uncertainty, paradoxes and agency.


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    Vestoj, Paris, summer 2012

    A new issue of Vestoj – The Journal of Sartorial Matters is out, on the intriguing and important subject of shame. Mathilda has contributed the paper The Green Shades of Shame which explores the role of shame in a lack of engagement with sustainability in fashion, and generally. The paper argues that shame is part of the very construction of fashion itself, and even that society needs fashion as a condensed zone of shame. It calls for a more nuanced discussion on fashion and sustainability which fully embraces the complex individual and societal motivations that contribute to making fashion.

    Tham, M. (2012). The Green Shades of Shame. Vestoj – The Journal of Sartorial Matters. Issue 3.


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    Stockholm, 5 march 2012

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mathilda is presenting her proposal to change the paradigm of consumption to Swedish ministers today, as part of Stockholm +40 (40 years on from the first UN environment conference, held in Stockholm in 1972, and 20 since Rio). It’s being webcast here starting at midday UK time, but obviously all in Swedish. She’s on after Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre.


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    Dare, Hamburg 2011

    Mathilda contributed a paper in the German interdisciplinary magazine Dare‘s issue Apocalypse Green. Mathilda’s paper discusses the preoccupation with novelty in fashion and society, and how this preoccupation also plays a  problematic role in creating sustainable futures, in how it limits our attention span and engagement with even potentially very helpful concepts and frameworks, such as resilience or cradle-to-cradle.

    Tham, M. (2011). Integrating fashion and sustainability – how might futures approaches to change
    transcend a current paradigm of thinking, doing and communicating fashion? Dare Magazin fur kunst
    und uberdies, Apocalypse Green Issue. 50-56.


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    Goldsmiths, University of London, 18th October, 2011

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anette delivered a workshop and talk for the seminar series: Methods & Processes for all the design students across the Master programmes at Goldsmiths. Together with Hannah Jones, programme leader for MA Design Futures at Goldsmiths the students got to explore the life cycle of a selection of everyday objects in a tactile and qualitative way as well as get an overview of how sustainability informs new visions, strategies and frameworks for design. This sparked some interesting debates on some of the paradoxes and contradictions many products such as: a Patagonia fleece jacket, a wooden stapler or a Guerlain powder refill container may pose, and what more it offered opportunities to rethink about use and adequate lifespan of products.


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    Raffles Design Institute, Shanghai, 26 August, 2011

    Mathilda delivered a talk to the fashion students of Raffles Design Institute in Shanghai. Two students have been invited to create outfits for the exhibition Eco-Chic – Towards Sino-Swedish Sustainable Fashion. The talk provoked some good discussion on how sustainable fashion may be possible considering the pressure to achieve low price. Mathilda was excited to meet both students and staff, including Alen Poropat, who teaches sustainability at Raffles. Hopefully there can be more collaborations in the future!


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    Shangtex, Shanghai, 25 August, 2011

    Mathilda delivered a workshop on sustainability to Chinese fashion designers in Shanghai. The event, hosted by the Swedish General Consulate and Shangtex, took place in preparation for the opening of the exhibition Eco-Chic – Towards Sino-Swedish Sustainable Fashion in October. The exhibition, which was developed by the Swedish Institute, and for which Mathilda has been an expert advisor, showcases Swedish sustainable fashion and has been touring major cities, including Berlin, New York and San Francisco. For its Chinese launch, the exhibition will be enriched by outfits developed by renowned Chinese Designers, and students from Raffles Design Institute. See more here.


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    Sweden, June, 2011

    Mathilda is proud to be one of nine finalists for the Änglamark sustainability Prize of 2011. She was nominated for her active involvement in fashion and sustainability. The Änglamark prize is Swedish Coop’s initiative to “encourage good initiatives within the realms of environment and ecology” and to “give well deserved encouragement to individuals who make contributions to the environment.” The prize was started in 2002. This year the theme is resource use. See here.


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    Mistra, Sweden, 22 Mars, 2011

    Mistra, the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, has awarded 40 million Swedish Kronor to a transdiscpilinary research programme on sustainable fashion exploring new business models, design and innovative materials, sustainable consumption and consumer behaviour and policy. The funding was won by a consortium coordinated by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and partners include Stockholm School of Economics, Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, as well as H&M. This is Mistra’s first venture into fashion. Mathilda has been a member of Mistra’s board since 2008 and has supported the development of the call, which came out in 2010. See more here.


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    Nordic Textile Journal, University of Borås, Borås 2010

    Mathilda contributed a paper to the Nordic Textile Journal’s special issue on communication. Her piece explores the potential of language and a process of languaging as powerful design interventions that can be auspiciously directed at the paradigm level of a system – in this instance the fashion system, with the aim of achieving more a sustainable fashion industry. The article critically and creatively synthesizes and builds upon some of the researcher’s previous work, in the realm of fashion and sustainability, and metadesign.

    Tham, M. (2010). Languaging fashion and sustainability – towards synergistic modes of thinking,
    wording, visualising and doing fashion and sustainability. The Nordic Textile Journal, Special Issue
    Fashion Communication. 1/2010. 14-23.


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    Anette was invited to talk at Regents Business School in the context of their lecture series ‘Sustainability monthly’ for staff and students in Global Business & Sustainability Management. The talk explores the relationships between design, sustainability and business using different examples and highlights how business can benefit from actively seeking sustainable design strategies to gain innovation and competitive advantage, and how sustainable design is becoming a valuable strategy  for future-proofing a business.


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    Stockholm Fashion Week by Berns in collaboration with Antonia Ax:son Johnson Foundation for the Environment hosted the seminar Fashion and Sustainability – paradox or opportunity? where Katharine Hamnett shared experiences from her passionate work for a more sustainable fashion world. Mathilda gave an opening speech and moderated the session.


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