Fashion Fictions prototyping series

Fashion Fictions prototyping series

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Create visual and material prototypes to represent enticing fictional fashion worlds in this series of three online workshops

About this event

Fashion Fictions responds to the urgent need for change in the mainstream globalised fashion system by bringing people together to generate, experience and reflect on engaging fictional visions of alternative fashion worlds.

At this series of three online sessions, you will be guided through a playful and collaborative process to create visual and/or material prototypes to represent life in fictional fashion worlds.

Participants are requested to attend all three sessions, which run in the same time slot (11am-12.30pm British Summer Time, which is 10-11.30am UTC) on Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 August.

At session 1, you'll be introduced to the Fashion Fictions project and select a World to explore, either independently or in collaboration with others. Via a series of prompts, you'll 'flesh out' the World and develop your understanding of what life is like there.

In session 2, you'll create a visual or material prototype (or perhaps more than one prototype) to represent life in this fictional World. You can work physically or digitally, or a combination of the two. No specific creative skills are needed and rough-and-ready outcomes are actively encouraged!

Session 3 will provide space for us to share the prototypes created and gently return to the real world, reflecting on what we might have learnt from our temporary break from the status quo.

At the end of the workshop, you will be encouraged to contribute your prototype for display on the project website.


Comments from attendees of previous workshops

It’s so good to have space to think beyond the here and near.

Really interesting experience - opened my mind about different ways of learning and thinking, and the role fiction can play as a mode of thinking.

It has given me a thirst to read and do more.

It’s been so enriching, I’ll be thinking back to this workshop for a long time to come.


About the organiser

Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd is Associate Professor of Fashion and Sustainability at Nottingham School of Art & Design, part of Nottingham Trent University. She has explored the emerging field of fashion and sustainability since 2004. Amy is currently undertaking a Research, Development and Engagement Fellowship, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Her Fellowship project, Fashion Fictions, aims to reshape possibilities for sustainable fashion, from incremental changes to the design and manufacture of clothes to radically different ways of fashioning our identities. Other initiatives include Reknit Revolution, a project supporting knitters to rework the items in their wardrobes, and research networks Crafting the Commons and Stitching Together. Amy is the author of Folk Fashion: Understanding Homemade Clothes (I.B. Tauris, 2017). A new co-authored book, Historical Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion, will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2023.

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