Fashion, Sustainability & Design

Textiles can signify our local and global connections to the natural environment.

How can we in the 21st century actively care about the implications of materialism, waste, and style trends? Textiles are often made as expressions of love and can be powerful, personal manifestations of one’s sense of self, yet the conundrum of socially responsible use and reuse persists.

01. Meet Our Guest Programmer

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Nehal El-Hadi

Editor, Journalist, Researcher

Studio Magazine Editor in Chief 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 racialised 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.

02. Programs

Recycling in Fashion: Nehal El-Hadi with Tanya Théberge 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.

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.

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The Future of Textiles: Nehal El-Hadi with Miranda Smitheram

Join Guest Programmer and Studio Magazine editor-in-chief Nehal El-Hadi in conversation with Miranda Smitheram, Assistant Professor, Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University where she is a member of the Textiles & Materiality Research Cluster. They will discuss the future of textiles and how innovations in their production and design respond to our changing needs.

Dr. Miranda Smitheram (Ngāi Tahu, Scottish, Swedish, Irish) is a designer, artist and educator who explores sustainable design futures. Originally from Aotearoa (New Zealand), she is currently Assistant Professor of Material Futures in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University. Dr. Smitheram comes from an industry background in fashion and textile design, and her research practice continues to center around materiality, tactility and embodiment. Incorporating ancestral and speculative methods, Miranda collaborates with ecosystems, plant species, and nonhuman kin. Through this she explores developing new materials and processes that contribute to sustainable, relational and Indigenous futures.

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Slow Fashion: Nehal El-Hadi with Caroline Mangosing of Vinta Gallery

Join Guest Programmer and Studio Magazine editor-in-chief Nehal El-Hadi in conversation with Caroline Mangosing, founder and creative director of VINTA Gallery as they discuss what sustainability means in connection to slow fashion, accountability, fair labour practices, cultural heritage and evolution, and identity.

Caroline Mangosing is a multi-disciplinary creative that has been a passionate and critical Filipino cultural advocate for the last two decades. She has produced exclusively Filipino film and TV content under her independent production company in Toronto, and for a decade, served as the founding executive and artistic director of Toronto’s Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture; a youth-focused arts organization in downtown Toronto, delivering award-winning, culturally specific arts programming and presentations.

She co-founded and curated Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, Kapisanan’s flagship event; an annual Filipino arts and food festival that had a 12-year run, at its height gathering over 15,000 attendees. Caroline founded VINTA Gallery as a social enterprise within Kapisanan but has since transitioned the company into a vertically integrated, ethical, for-profit, e-commerce brand offering ready-to-wear and couture modern Filipiniana to the diaspora and beyond.

03. Supporting Content

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