Open call for sustainable fashion and textile design residency

April 10, 2018
Greenpeace Detox Catwalk in Bandung © Greenpeace/ Hati Kecil Visuals.

We are delighted to announce our second residency open call of the year, this time for a UK-based fashion or textile designer working with sustainable materials or processes (eg. circular economy, zero-waste design etc.) Coinciding with our upcoming exhibition ‘Fashioned from Nature’, the residency will take place at the V&A South Kensington in London over a nine-month period from 15 October 2018 to 15 June 2019. The V&A will provide a £12,000 residency fee and a studio space within the Museum’s Sackler Centre for arts education. For the first three months of the residency, the studio will be shared with a Goethe resident designer also working in the field of sustainable fashion and/or textile design. We are interested in practitioners who wish to work with the themes that will feature in ‘Fashioned from Nature’, and who are passionate about working with the public. Applicants should have an interest in developing their practice and a good track record of producing and performing high-quality work. The deadline for applications is 6 June 2018 and interviews will take place on 22 June 2018. Full details on the residency and application process can be found here. Scheduled to open on 21 April 2018, ‘Fashioned from Nature’ will draw on the V&A’s internationally renowned collection of fashion to  put today’s issues about sustainbility in a historical context, and ask what we can learn from the past to help us design a more responsible  but equally creative industry to serve us today and in the future. With its focus on cause, effect and solution the exhibition will provide a forum for discussion and debate.

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April 10, 2018

I oversee the V&A's residency programme, supporting artists, designers and other creative practitioners who are invited to undertake research, develop public programmes and create work inspired by the museum’s collections.

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I am a textile designer based out of India. I am a masters in textile design from the National Institute of Design which was formulated by Charles and Ray Eames. The primary value system of the institute has always focused on the upliftment of the arts, crafts and sustainable design. I have worked in various sectors of design varying from working at ground level with the artisans and weavers to wokring in the CMF team at BMW in Los Angeles. Presently I am working as a textile designer the the Walt Disney Company in India. Would you believe I could apply for this residency. Would be lovely to hear back from you.

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