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Melanie Bowles, Emma Neuberg

Gifts and Occupations – CANCELLED!

The People’s Print – Melanie Bowles & Dr Emma Neuberg

Affiliation: The People’s Print, TED Textile Environmental Design, The Slow Textiles Group, Textile Futures Research Center, Open Fashion Design Network

Keywords: Democratic, digital, textiles

Conference activity: Workshop

Project summary:

The People’s Print invites you to participate in a workshop designed to explore democratic models for textile design employing demonstrations, discussion, activity and dialogue that challenge hierarchical and egocentric models of design.

This event works through the breadth of exciting options for the wearer to be at the centre of their design process, During the workshop we will look at the ‘real’ opportunities available for the public to create their own design work focusing on digital print technology, e-learning/commerce systems and expanding online communities.

A key focus of the workshop is to address whether the proposed models can act to counter the negative effects of mass consumerism, fast fashion and globalisation by, essentially, investing in people’s innate creativity and giving them the confidence, vision and tools to create bespoke products for themselves and their communities.

During the workshop we will offer the participants a ‘hands on’ activity to create artwork and demonstrate the process to create the complete DIY cycle to create, print, make, wear and share.

The activity ‘gifts & occupation’ is inspired by the work of educationalist, pedagogue and kindergarten founder Friedrich Froebel and aims to offer a ‘tool box’ for future developments.



Fletcher, K., 2008, Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys, London: Earthscan.

Brosterman, N., 1997. Inventing Kindergarten, New York: Abrams.

A question that arises from your project: What might a textile design enterprise model that counters the negative effects of mass consumerism, fast fashion and globalization by investing in people’s creativity and giving them the ‘tools’ and confidence to create bespoke products look like?

Image credits: Image courtesy Laurence King Publishing Photography Simon Pask