Recycling in Fashion: Nehal El-Hadi with Tanya Theberge and Anika Kozlowski
Join Guest Programmer and Studio Magazine editor-in-chief Nehal El-Hadi in conversation with Anika Kozlowski, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Ethics and Sustainability at Ryerson University and Tanya Théberge, creative director and founder of responsibly-sourced fashion brand Tanya Théberge to explore the different ways recycling and upcycling are addressed in the fashion industry.
Nehal El-Hadi is an editor, journalist and researcher based in Toronto. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience, Nehal’s interdisciplinary work has appeared in journalistic, academic, literary and art gallery publications, and is forthcoming in several anthologies and edited collections. Themes explored in her writing include the relationships between virtual and material spaces, the agency of digital objects, and gendered and racialized online experiences. Her short film Blaxites (2019) was commissioned by the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queens University and is being used to teach about the implications of technology use.
Nehal has a Ph.D. in Planning from the University of Toronto and is a Visiting Scholar at York University’s City Institute. She has taught place-based writing courses at the University of Toronto Scarborough and creative non-fiction and poetry to community groups.
Dr. Anika Kozlowski is an inter-disciplinary designer, researcher and educator who combines holistic systems thinking with a sustainable fashion design practice, unifying her backgrounds in microbiology, environmental science and fashion design. Anika’s research includes studying the design and business practices of emerging small scale sustainably-minded fashion brands. She works with small and medium-sized enterprises for transitions to circular and regenerative responsible fashion practices. Recent research in place-based practices, upcycling and repair is deepened through her work in West Africa exploring issues of textile waste and the second-hand clothing economy.
Anika has launched the ReDesign Lab, a studio/lab hybrid with the intention of cross-pollinating science with design practices for innovative solutions for responsible fashion.
Tanya Théberge is a Franco-Punjabi Fashion Designer and textile artist. She has 15 years of experience creating unique meaningful garments for her clients. She has created pieces for clients such as Drake, Division, Arkells, Johnny Orlando, Priyanka Chopra, GiGi Gorgeous, and Stereos. Tanya has formal training from L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Alberta College of Art and Design and George Brown College.
Tanya’s current collections are focused on upcycled denim and recycled materials, which serve as a base for her specialized artisanal embroideries.