Talking Trash(lab): Reet Aus presents Trash to Trend - Using Upcycling in Fashion Design
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The next upcoming Talking Trash(lab) presentation on Thursday 18.10. is by fashion, theatre and film designer and Reet Aus (EE), who also holds a PhD about her practice.

Reet Aus, based in Tallinn, is inspired by how fashion design can be creative a solution for production extras. While designing her collection and creating costumes for theatre and films, Reet injects new life to discarded garments, production leftovers and other materials cast aside by the industry. Reet is confident that a similar model can be applied to mass production.

She defended her PhD thesis at the end of 2011. The primary aims of her thesis are two-fold: to consider how to bring textile waste back to the production cycle in fashion design; and to understand and test, using different upcycling approaches and techniques, how to put this method into practice for (i) mass produced garments and (ii) one-off pieces.

In addition, she aims to create an overview of existing and emerging textile waste suitable for upcycling available in Estonia and, through this, to promote the wider use of upcycling in fashion design, both in Estonia and globally. Finally, based on academic research and the experiences gained from practical experimentation, she presents a design model that employs the upcycling method to create a fashion product with minimal environmental impact. She is also involved with Ann Rosenthal with the Wastemapping tool.

As usual with Talking Trash(lab) the lecture starts at 17.30, and takes place in Aalto Media Factory auditorium. Join the facebook event!