An inspiring and stimulating day was had, surrounded by an amazing array of people all passionate in their many different visions for sustainability. From fashion designers to engineers and NGO leaders the mix of attendees was awe-inspiring and I have never been in a conference environment quite like that, with such a relaxed but passionate attitude towards their beliefs.
“Sustainability is profoundly shaped by what goes on beyond the purchase”
Some of the key ideas I gained from this fantastic experience were more questions, questions I should be asking myself about the way I design and manufacture, and also the limits that transcend past the design process to the wearer, How (if at all) can I aid the wearer in their vision of sustainability?
1) We need to redefine what quality means, it doesn’t transcend across other factors of satisfaction, by redefining what we should be creating and sitting quality within a wider context of factors.
2) How do our own cultures and systems work together, alienate one another and influence our outputs, looking at other models of consideration and through development of an alternative culture of design can we influence output and amplify the importance of process and skills?
3) If we do not know the right questions to ask or even WHAT questions to ask, how are we able to make educated decisions?