Opportunity: Fashion/Textile Design Residency

31st August 2015

Zero Waste Scotland are offering two residency opportunities in partnership with the Salvation Army Trading Company Limited. We are looking for …

Zero Waste Scotland are offering two residency opportunities in partnership with the Salvation Army Trading Company Limited. We are looking for a fashion designer and a textile designer to create new collections from post-consumer clothing inspired by the key themes of the Love Your Clothes campaign.

Love Your Clothes is an excellent vehicle to raise consumer awareness of the environmental impact of the clothing industry and the importance of

  • Buying choices
  • Looking after clothes for longer
  • Recycling clothes responsibly.

It offers advice on how to buy less and make clothes last longer. Ultimately this will help Scotland achieve the waste targets set in Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan and help change consumer behaviour for the better.

‘An estimated £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year;’

Valuing Our Clothes report

‘If everyone in the UK (60 million people) bought one reclaimed woollen garment each year, it would save an average of 1,686 million litres of water and 480 tonnes of chemical dyestuffs.’

Textile Recycling Association, UK

The Salvation Army Trading Company Limited (SATCol) is a separate trading arm of the Salvation Army which raises funds for its global work programme through its clothing retail stores in the UK. It is one of 23 Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) Reuse and Recycling members in the UK. SATCol is one of the top three clothing recyclers in the UK. They have 52 stores in Scotland. SATCol wishes to work with Zero Waste Scotland to engage in projects that help consumers understand the true value of the clothing that they send to the charity shops and to encourage people to donate more and understand how their donations are used when collected from supermarket drop off points, often missing buttons and in need of laundering.

Who can apply

Revenue generating Fashion and Textile Designers who:

  • Have been trading for minimum of three years in their product area
  • Are registered as sole traders, social enterprises or SMEs
  • Are working within companies in Scotland and have been authorised to develop a personal project and can dedicate 35 hours a week to the project for a period of 12 weeks
  • Have access to their own work space/studio
  • Interested in and willing to engage in publicity event
  • Experienced with and able to deliver public workshops and information events in SATCol stores

We are a key partner in the delivery of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan for the UK which is a voluntary commitment delivered by the clothing retail and manufacturing industry in the UK. It was developed from the findings of the Valuing Our Clothes report published by WRAP in 2012. The consumer facing side of SCAP is Love Your Clothes which is an online website to help consumers make better choices about clothing purchases and to look after the clothes they currently own. Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) promotes www.loveyourclothes.org.uk in Scotland.

The closing date for applications is 18 September.

If you have any questions please contact Lynn.wilson@zerowastescotland.org.uk

Application form and further details can be found here:  http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/scottish-designers-launch-zero-waste-couture-collections

Image credit: Sherrie Thai, Purple Textile Pattern

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