Activating Disruptive Fashion Modes and Practices



Anja-Lisa Hirscher is a graphic designer and initiator of the open-source fashion workshops Make{able}. She graduated from the MA program Creative Sustainability at Aalto University and currently supports Emerging Design Practices with research and teaching activities. She also recently started her doctoral research at Aalto ARTS Design Department.


Alastair Fuad-Luke  is a sustainable design educator, facilitator, writer and activist. Currently, he teaches and practices at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Unibz, Italy where he is Professor of Design Research, in the Faculty of Design & Art. His last book (co-edited with Anja-Lisa Hirscher and Katharina Moebus), Agents of Alternatives: Re-designing Our Realities, explores the expanding roles of design in creating emergent alternative socio-economic and ecological case studies and models.



Cecilia Palmer is based in Berlin and works at an intersection of ethics and aesthetics, computer code and fashion design. She is the founder of green, open-source fashion label Pamoyo and swap & remake event Fashion Reloaded, both initiatives aiming to bring upcycling and open source tactics to a new level among consumers and producers alike. Apart from reintegrating abundant clothes back into the consumption loop, she explores the magic of the internet working as a web developer at newthinking communications.


Francesco Mazzarella is a proactive, curious and systemic thinker, with international experiences in the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Brazil, and South Africa. He is currently a PhD researcher at Loughborough Design School, associate lecturer at Loughborough University London, and AHRC Design Leadership Fellow Research Associate at Imagination, Lancaster. Francesco’s research explores how service design can be used to activate textile artisan communities to transition towards a sustainable future. His design practice encompasses workshop facilitation, project management, event organisation, and visual communication, for independent designers, private firms, public institutions, and NGOs.

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Holly McQuillan is a designer, maker, writer and facilitator, who works primarily in the field of sustainable design practice. Holly teaches at Massey University School of Design, across all levels; undergraduate, post-graduate, as well as delivering master-classes to the public. Her work often explores risk taking in the context of fashion design as a way of discovering new ways of viewing and creating the world we live in. Currently Holly is co-authoring the first comprehensive book on Zero Waste Fashion and working towards an exhibition exploring the intersections of Zero Waste and Open Design.


Julia Valle is a Brazilian born and raised fashion designer proposing changes in production as a possibility of changing consumption. PhD Candidate in Design at Aalto University (Helsinki), M.A. in Interdisciplinary Poetics at UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro) and B.Sc. in Social Communication at UFMG (Belo Horizonte), Julia has worked as a designer, consultant and visual artist in renowned companies in Brazil and Europe.  The creator has received 5 consecutive times the Rio Moda Hype award for young designers in fashion and was granted CNPq research grant in MA and PhD levels. Her works have been presented in galleries, museums and shops in Brazil, US, Slovenia and Denmark.



Melanie Bowles is Senior Lecturer in Digital Textiles at Chelsea College of Art and Design. She is the principal author of ‘Digital Textile Design’, Laurence King, 2009, second edition 2012.Melanie is a practicing designer and researcher: a member of research cluster Textile Environmental Design (TED); the Textile Futures Research Center (TFRC); and The Slow Textile Group. She has exhibited her work internationally with the Craft Council ( Lab Craft), The Science Museum, and Tilberg Textile Museum. She is the co-founder of ‘The People’s Print’ with Dr Emma Neuberg, a pioneering social textile group.


Emma Neuberg is a print and surface pattern designer with a PhD in Print Technologies for Synthetic Fabrics from the Royal College of Art, London.  She is the Director of Slow Textiles, a consultancy that specializes in sustainable textiles strategy, management and delivery. She has designed and delivered over 100 workshops on sustainable textiles practice through platforms from the South London Botanical Institute to the Victoria & Albert Museum.  She is director of the educational resource and social mobilization platform, Slow Textiles Group, and their regional development centres starting withTextiles Hub London.  She is also co-director of The People’s Print that devises participatory design tools for Maker Movement in the UK with Melanie Bowles.

Natalia Särmäkari is a clothing and costume designer as well as occasional fashion editor. She completed her Master’s Degree in Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture with a research based thesis studying the essence, background and opportunities of open (source) fashion.

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Kirsi Ninimäki is a Doctor of Arts who is interested in opening a holistic understanding in the field of sustainable design and the connection between design, manufacturing systems and consumption habits. Additionally, she is interested in sustainable design, which includes future-oriented value. She is also interested in combining sustainable design to new green business thinking. She currently works at Aalto University as a post doctoral researcher in the SDIM Strategic Design Intergration and Management Research group.

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 Zoe Romano lives in Milano and currently working on Digital Strategy & Wearables at Arduino. She co-founded, the european pilot project around collaborative fashion and open source branding and, an initiative for the diffusion of open design and digital fabrication in Italy. She’s been into media activism and political visual art for the past 10 years, working on precarity, social production, material and immaterial labor in creative and service industries.


Laura Seppälä is enthusiastic about open and collaborative design possibilities to create user-centred and sustainable design. She wrote her master thesis  in University of Lapland about sustainability in outdoor clothing and has worked as sustainability manager for Finnish outdoor company. Currently Laura is researching, in her doctorate research for University of Salford, effective collaboration and public involvement in co-design processes.

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Laura Santamaria, with a PhD in Sustainable Design Innovation, is a design consultant, researcher and co-founder of Sublime, a lifestyle magazine dedicated to making sustainability aspirational and accessible to mainstream audiences. Her experience in branding, cultural transition, sustainability, fashion and innovation has led her to engage as industry expert with the media, consultant, public speaker and competition judge for over 15 years. Since 2009 Laura has been working in design-driven rural development through EU-funded organisations, facilitating opportunities for fashion and textile design students interested in contributing towards re-igniting local livelihoods while preserving heritage through contemporary interpretation of traditional skills and crafts.



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