Fashion Open Studio and British Council launch a series of studio events and workshops with nine international designers for COP26
Fashion Open Studio in partnership with British Council will present a series of ten international digital events in response to the themes of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26. Launching at Digital Design Weekend at the V&A, during London Design Festival in September 2021, nine participating designers from across the world have been selected to open up their studios virtually to showcase their creative responses to fashions environmental impact and the climate talk themes of Adaptation and Resilience and Nature. The digital event series will take place 25 September - 12 November, forming part of British Council's The Climate Connection global programme and campaign.
Designers will be taking part from Argentina, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Zimbabwe. Each designer offers a perspective in response to their own experience.
From Cape Town, Sindiso Khumalo will be showing that social and environmental issues are interconnected. She will be demonstrating repair techniques and discussing inequality and the need for dignified employment to create resilient communities. Bhukram is a Thai brand devoted to preserving and promoting the indigenous Phu Phan communitys way of life and its natural environment. Their event will offer a rare glimpse into the founders home studio in the Bhupan region in north east Thailand and embroidery techniques that tell the stories of community and nature. From Jakarta, Indonesia, Toton will be conducting a virtual studio tour, demonstrating their denim upcycling techniques, and sharing the work of an artisan group in Garut, a small town in west Java to highlight their collaboration. Bora Studio also works with local indigenous communities around Nepal with natural dyeing and traditional craft techniques and will show how a highly localised supply chain and community works in practice, in harmony with people and planet.