16 Feb
GSA Reid building lecture theatre

Holly McQuillan


Holly McQuillan is a designer, writer and facilitator who works primarily in the field of sustainable design practice, researching the possibilities of form making for the body through a lens of zero waste, ethical design practice. Co-author of Zero Waste Fashion Design (2016), with 15 years experience teaching at undergraduate, masters and to industry and public, she is currently a PhD student at the Swedish School of Textiles.

Presentation: Introduction to Zero Waste Design

In this lecture Holly will talk about both the artistic and pragmatic aspects of Zero waste fashion. Zero waste fashion design practice explores ways and implications of eliminating textile waste from the production of clothing at the pre-consumer stage, specifically through pattern cutting. It is sketching and construction, 2D and 3D, grounded in creativity, experimentation and resource use reduction. Ultimately it is a hybrid, holistic practice which links artistic human expression and pragmatic sustainable design. And we need hybrid fashion processes. “Zero waste fashion isn’t in and of itself good” – but maybe when viewed in this way, it can be.

Free, but ticketed book here.

There are also workshops available, free but ticketed, on 14 and 16 February book here