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Birthday Book Exchange
Each month, the creative hub, Oil Street, invites an artist or designer to throw a sustainability-related birthday. I invited my friends to dust off a book that had once inspired them, and to pass it on at the party. Each person shared the story of their book, how it had touched them, and then chose a 'new' book to take home. Read more about the event here.
LONDON CRAFT WEEK
Selected for London Craft Week 2017, the 'Fashion Anatomy' collection uses remnants of my fashion label - discarded fabric, leftover yarn and wooden clothes hangers - to present a symbolic dissection of the fashion industry. Artwork commissioned and supported by HK Economic & Trade Bureau, Fashion Farm Foundation, sponsored by Cathay Pacific & Dorsett.
SAVE THEM FROM THE LANDFILL
Following a Women in Finance x Friends of the Earth Suits For Success campaign, I was invited as one of the parties to sort through the remaining 3 tonnes of clothing that risked being sent straight to the landfill. Over 4 weeks we managed to sell 70% of the clothing, and the rest were bought by the Japanese second-hand clothing store, Eco Ring. All profits went to Friends of the Earth.
'THE TRUE COST' SCREENING
In partnership with Greenpeace, we organised a screening of The True Cost at Put Yourself In. This documentary that pulls back the curtain on the fashion industry and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? This film played a huge part in changing my life's course from fashion designer to green artivist, and triggered an incredible post-screening discussion with others in the fashion sector.
I was invited to speak at the Joint College Environmental Innovation Alliance's annual conference, Sustainable Fashion 2017. Entitled 'Confessions of a Fashion Designer', my talk described my journey from fashion designer to Green Artivist, as well as some of the shocking facts and inspiring initiatives that I discovered along the way.
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'FIGHT OR FLIGHT', JOUER
My first full collection of zero-waste artwork was exhibited at Jouer HK, January 2017. I used fallen twigs and swan feathers that I found on walks home, and along with yarn left over from my fashion label, I weaved them into frames found at flea markets and forged from salvaged wood.
No New clothes campaign
Today's global fashion industry produces 15 billion new clothes a year, and Hong Kong alone throws away 10,000 garments every hour. Inspired by Christina Dean's TED Talk, I decided to launch a year-long 'No New Clothes' Campaign in 2016. The process of reorganising and reclaiming my own wardrobe became an exercise in self-reflection, and an opportunity to look inside, rather than outside, for renewal and reinvention.