Making Matters x Levi’s Digital & British Council with Amber Butchart, Hannah Robinson, Justine Aldersey-Williams, Pammi Sinha & Theo Tan
Creative Lancashire is collaborating with Amber Butchart to present a series of Conversations in Creativity talks to further explore the themes responded to by artists & makers contributing to the British Textile Biennial programme.
Earlier this year Levi’s with British Council invited interdisciplinary designers and artists to submit creative proposals for reimagining Levi’s post-consumer materials as part of the Levi’s by Levi’s initiative and British Council Making Matters programme.
Exploring circular design and material transformation, the digital residency also has a focus on exploring the social and cultural values that underpin different geographical relationships with textiles around the world.
This session will be an opportunity to meet the international collective selected to collaborate digitally with a UK-based practice for the duration of the residency and hear more from those connected to the project. The panel will be hosted by Amber Butchart and will also include contributions from experts and practitioners to share exciting and innovative ideas for a more sustainable production.
About the Participants:
Amber Butchart is a fashion historian, writer and broadcaster who specialises in the cultural and political history of textiles and dress. She is a former Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and is a regular public lecturer across the UK’s leading arts institutions. She researches and presents documentaries for television and radio, including the six-part series A Stitch in Time for BBC Four that fused biography, art and the history of fashion to explore the lives of historical figures through the clothes they wore. Amber is an external adviser for the National Crime Agency as a Forensic Garment Analyst, working on cases that require investigation of clothing and textiles. She has published five books on the history and culture of clothes, including The Fashion of Film, Nautical Chic, and a history of British fashion illustration for the British Library.
Hannah Robinson is an Architecture Design Fashion Programme Manager at British Council.
She joined British Council in 2018 to curate, programme and commission international projects across the disciplines of architecture, design and fashion. She is developing global programmes focused on sustainable fashion, new materials, designer incubation and circular economy. Over this time, Hannah has developed multiple creative collaborations with organisations including Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ma-tt-er, Fashion Revolution and Design Museum.
Hannah has a background in Design Futures, previously consulting for Impossible, a design & innovation group focused on planet-centric design as well as leading a multidisciplinary team during her position as Art Director of The Future Laboratory.