Maria Nelson Molloy
Nelson Molloy creates unique garments for women that are edgy and fashion forward. Their goal is to design and make artisan pieces that fit smoothly into your existing wardrobe and quickly become a loved and well-worn piece. They ethically design and manufacture in Brisbane, with an aim to include fashion students, graduates and full time Mums in the design and making process. They use natural fibres and minimise waste in the cut and lay of all fabrics. Most waste is then used in their other label Chasing Zero. The Chasing Zero Project is a collaborative, innovative fashion project exploring the possibilities of Zero Waste through fashion design. The Chasing Zero Project enables the Nelson Molloy studio to become circular with the offcuts from recent collections, donated or second-hand clothing, giving waste a new life and become new garments. Each piece is thoroughly thought out, and natural dyeing, reverse dyeing, patching and slow stitching techniques are used to elevate each timeless design. The Zero Waste concept can feel complicated to achieve and requires thought, planning, and even formulas to make happen in the studio. To diminish waste in clothing design and manufacturing requires just as much planning and formulaic thinking, not to mention a lot of creativity and questioning involved.
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Seljak Brand was founded by sisters Karina and Samantha Seljak. It was a love of Australian resources that drew Karina home from her work in local food production in Brooklyn, New York. Trained in fashion design, she’d become acutely aware of the waste in the manufacturing world. Sam had worked at Indigenous creative agency Gilimbaa for several years and had started multiple community-driven initiatives in Brisbane. She was ready to crystallise her learnings from purpose-driven business into her own social enterprise, Seljak Brand. Inspired by the resourceful and mutually beneficial business practices Seljak Brand saw sprouting up all around them, they poured their time into understanding the circular economy and closed loop models. Seljak Brand’s respect for Australian wool lead them to the oldest weaving mill in Australia, which retains all of its production offcuts for future use. Using these offcuts to make blankets, they incorporated a closed loop system that re-manufactures the blankets at the end of their useable life. After working with Australia’s oldest wool mill for a few years, they started running out of waste – which is a good problem to have! But they wanted to divert even more textiles waste from landfill, so they looked overseas. Discovering a mill in Lithuania that collected its own factory floor waste, and processed the waste of other mills, they took their first step into globalising their supply chain. Today, Seljak Brand work with mills in Australia, Lithuania and Italy to make their recycled wool blankets. This enables them to work locally as much as possible, and tap into the scale that mills in Europe offer.
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Adele Outteridge gained her BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1967 then worked as an Experimental Scientist with CSIRO. She studied with the School of Colour and Design in Sydney from 1984-88 and returned as lecturer, tutor. She taught at the Ku-Ring-Gai Art Centre from 1983-89. Adele now travels to all states and internationally lecturing and teaching. Her work in artists’ books, printmaking, sculpture and drawing has been exhibited widely, is held in private and public collections and has appeared in major publications in Australia and overseas. Studio West End was established in 1998 by Adele Outteridge and the late Wim de Vos. Since then they have provided a unique venue for teaching, mentoring, and exhibiting in a wide variety of visual art and design media. Their work is exhibited, published and collected nationally and internationally. “The teaching and practice of art is an integral part of our being. Without it there is no cultural development for humanity”. (Wim de Vos 2014)
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Tom O’Shea is the Architectural Coordinator for Five Mile Radius, who is a Brisbane based design studio exploring Australia’s construction materials. We create projects, products and educational content that imagine a world built on a respect for material resources. Founded in 2016, the Five Mile Radius studio is the collaborative effort of a group of architects, tradespeople and educators passionate about testing new ideas for Australia’s built future. Five Mile Radius uses pilot projects to prototype ideas, often turning projects into products that allow for continued experimentation. Funds generated through the Five Mile Shop are used to fuel additional materials research and create educational events and content. The studio works with both recycled and natural materials and is seen as a local leader in closed loop thinking, waste reuse and bioclimatic design. Dream clients include the CSIRO, local governments, arts and community organisations, philanthropic organisations and rural communities. One day the studio hopes to operate from a bus and drive around Australia helping communities to unlock the potential of the materials around them.
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Liz Sofield is a textile and ceramic artist, creating geometric inspired artworks and ceramics, that expresses her love of patterns and rhythm. Transforming a tactile and meditative process of folding, hand stitching and crocheting. Trained in both interior and textile design, Liz established her artistic practice whilst living in a remote, mining town in Western Australia, where she lived for a short period of time. Liz found that quality art supplies were not readily available, so she turned to her textile making skills to create delicate artworks using simply paper and thread. “When my son Liam was seven, he became obsessed with making paper planes. So I would sit with him and fold. To make sure my daughter Rosabella didn’t feel left out, I would fold paper flowers. This playing with the twins sparked a fascination with origami and I began combining it with my hand stitching.” - Liz Sofield