The FIDM Library and Alumni Relations presented three days of guest speakers and textile displays at the 2nd Annual Innovative Materials & Textile Conference, "Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent!" held recently on FIDM's Los Angeles campus.
Guest speakers discussed the latest eco-friendly and sustainable textiles and materials on the market. And students were invited to examine upclose these remarkable new materials available to designers.
The roster of speakers included FIDM Instructors and other industry professionals, including Taryn Hipwell, Julianne Pfister, Mallory Curlee, Rose Tourje, Sandra Garratt, Mike Farid, Susanna Schick, and Anna Mkhitarian.
Sustainable design was a common theme among the speakers.
FIDM Alumna Sandra Garrett (pictured above) is the Design Director at SilvrLining.com. She recently collaborated with with Project Runway designer, Andrae Gonzalo, among others, to create The Go Collection—urban outerwear that utilizes solar power for personal mobile devices.
Taryn Hipwell is an Instructor and Eco-Makeover Specialist at FIDM and has her own site EcoDivasTV.com. She has worked in both film and fashion for David Zucker and Anna Sui, and at the conference, she addressed sustainable design in terms of humanity, the environment, and the economy.
Julianne Pfister talked about eco-friendly packaging trends in the beauty industry. And Mallory Curlee introduced the topic of upcycling fashion—with her handmade, eco-friendly swimwear line, CurleeBikini.
Interior design was another topic of discussion when it comes to sustainability. FIDM Alumna Rose Tourje, discussed the evolution of ANEW, a non-profit she founded in 2005 dedicated to expanding Social Sustainability® through education and leadership. She highlighted the importance of sourcing locally, recycling and re-purposing, and the design and manufacture of sustainable products.
The event was a huge success. Free and open to all students, all seats were filled each day of the program. The conference moves to the San Diego campus this summer, July 19-20, and to the San Francisco campus in August, with guest speakers to be determined.
This exhibit was curated by Kristine Upesleja, FIDM's Textile/Interior Materials Manager. She has extensively researched and diligently collected these innovative materials over the past three years. FIDM Instructors invite her to give special presentations to their classes on these new textiles throughout the year. Students can find her in the Textiles Workroom in the Library, and can examine in person the latest materials on the market, including fabrics made from coconut, banana, milk protein, used coffee grounds, and crab shells. Her goal is to establish the largest materials collection on the West Coast. Free handouts describing these materials are available in the FIDM Library.