When: Fri., Sept. 27 2013
Sustainable fashion and the real price of cheap clothes have been on most Canadian minds lately, after the Joe Fresh factory collapse in Bangladesh. But, for Haligonians like NSCAD textiles professor Robin Muller, it's been more than a passing news story, it's been years of passion that's resulted in NSCAD's Sow to Sew conference which sees a room fill with like minds that a decade ago might seem possible. "Competition used to be the key to all these industries," says Muller, "but with going off-shore, one PR thing ruining your business, it's about cooperating more---[that] makes everyone successful in the market place now which wasn't the case 10 to 15 years ago." After overwhelming enthusiasm from possible speakers, Muller has organized a regular dream team of industry folk---from locals like Patricia Bishop of Taproot Farms, to those as far afield as Sibylle Klose of Pforzheim University's School of Design in Germany and designers, farmers and authors from all over North America---the aim will be to brainstorm how a high level of collaboration can work in terms of sustainability, growing and using natural dyes, manufacturing fabric and clothing production. But, above all, Muller is just looking forward to hashing out ideas with a group of inspiring people that taught her to think differently. "They changed my life," she says.