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Full Circle : a collection of prototypes

Finn, Angela L. (2008) Full Circle : a collection of prototypes. [Exhibition/Event]

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This exhibition engages with one of the key issues facing the fashion textiles industry in terms of future sustainability: that of the well being of fashion industry workers in Australia and New Zealand (people). This collection formed the basis of my honours dissertation (completed in New Zealand in 2008) which examines the contribution that design can make to sustainable manufacturing; particularly design for local production and consumption. An important aspect this work is the discussion of source, the work suggests that the made in China syndrome (in reference to the current state of over-consumerism in Australia and New Zealand) could be bought to a close through design to minimize waste and maximize opportunity for ‘people’: in this case both garment workers and the SMEs that employ them. The garments reflect the possibilities of focusing on a local approach that could be put into practice by a framework of SMEs that already exist. In addition the design process is highly transferrable and could be put into practice almost anywhere with minimal set up costs and a design ethos that progresses at the same pace as the skills of workers. This collection is a physical and conceptual embodiment of a source local/make local/sell local approach. The collection is an example of design that demonstrates that this is not an unrealistic ideal and is in fact possible through the development of a sustainable industry, in the sense of people, profit and planet, through adoption of a design process model that stops the waste at the source, by making better use of the raw materials and labour involved in making fashion garments. Although the focus of this research appears to centre on people and profit, this kind of source local/make local/sell local approach also has great benefits in terms of environmental sustainability.

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ID Code: 40667
Item Type: Creative Work (Exhibition/Event)
Material: Silk Gorgette, Merino Wool Knit and Polyester/Acetate Lining
Number of Pieces: 14
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Location: From date: To date:
Auckland University of Technology, Auckland. New Zealand. 2008-11-10 2008-11-14
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Keywords: fashion, design, manufacturing, sustainability, fabric minimisation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > Manufacturing Engineering not elsewhere classified (091099)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Sustainability Accounting and Reporting (150106)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Angela Finn
Copyright Statement: The designer asserts the intellectual and moral copyright of the garment designs that comprise the creative content of this dissertation. All rights of the owner of the created work are reserved. The designs contained in all their formats are protected by copyright. Any manner of exhibition and any diffusion, copying, or resetting, constitutes an infringement of copyright unless previously written consent of the copyright owner thereto has been obtained.
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2011 09:06
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2011 09:07

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