28th October 2019
29th October 2019



Valentina Zarew


Australia & New Zealand

Textile Exchange



Creating Material Change 


Creating material change: an introduction to Textile Exchange. Whether you are on or new to your sustainability journey, hear about how Textile Exchange works with the global industry to transform the textile supply chain. 


Caroline Poiner

Artisans of Fashion



Community, Culture & the Planet. 


Connecting designers and artisans for sustainable methods of production.


Artisans of Fashion’s purpose is to inform and educate as well as provide access to the exquisite hand-crafted textiles that offer the unique and bespoke for ethical and socially conscious designers and retail partners. Caroline works directly with artisan communities across rural India as well as cooperatives and fair trade organisations to create sustainable outcomes, with a specific focus on empowering women who have little or no access to alternative sources of income.


Patricia Garcia Ao

Former Founder & National Director UNAA, Sustainable Development Goal program



5000 days and Counting


Patricia Garcia is a highly respected humanitarian and human rights advocate, with experience in project design and delivery, campaigning and fundraising. For over 20 years Patricia has lived and worked in war zones.  She has managed and coordinated humanitarian relief and development programs to assist refugees and IDPs in some of the world’s longest-running conflicts, including Afghanistan, Sudan and Burma.

Patricia has worked for the United Nations and international NGOs, including Oxfam, Peace Winds Japan, German Agro Action, Norwegian Church Aid, UNHCR and UNOPS.

Patricia has most recently been the Manager of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Sustainable Development Goals Program.


Kimberly Bolton

CEO, Carapac Pty Ltd.


Packaging, Plastic and Biodegradables


Despite current popular belief, packaging is good. However, its single-use plastic is bad for you and the environment. Not all plastics and bioplastics are made and disposed of equally. This talk will be centred around the key differences between different types of plastic materials or plastic substitutes (biodegradable and home compostable) and uncover some truths around their usefulness and disposal in Australia.


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Melinda Tually

NDLESS & Co-orindator Fashion Revolution, Australia & New Zealand





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Dr Alison Gwilt PhD

Researcher, Author, Consultant & Associate Professor in Design at UNSW



Keeping Textile Materials in Use


Dr Alison Gwilt is a fashion design researcher, author and consultant. She explores and promotes a range of innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. Her work focuses on the use of positive/sustainable design interventions that challenge the current production and consumption paradigm.


Alison’s books include ‘Shaping Sustainable Fashion’ (2011), ‘A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion’ (2014), ‘Fashion Design for Living’ (2015) and ‘Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion’ (2019).




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Andrew Ross

Founder / Managing Director – Bluey Australia Pty Ltd & MyOrigins

13:30 - 14:15


Rethinking the Australian Merino Brand

Andrew has actively worked across the Australian Wool industry to successfully launch a digital and vertically integrated Australian Made Outdoor Clothing brand; Bluey Merino, formed a new ethical Merino Growers Co-Operative and co-founded MyOrigins Technologies, a blockchain backed technology and services company connecting growers and brands seeking ethically certified Australian Merino wool.

Building a new reverse engineered value chain over this time has enabled Andrew to discover in detail how both Brands and Australian Merino Growers need to reposition for a more sustainable and ethically driven future. 





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Amy Botta

Fairtrade Australia

15:15 - 16:00

Farmer Forward: The Fairtrade Approach

Amy’s background is in international development and human rights. She has worked with Fairtrade for the past four years, helping brands on their journey into sustainable sourcing. Her focus has been in supporting them in building and mapping supply chains, connecting brands and farmers around the world, embracing Fairtrade’s holistic view of sustainability, and workshopping communication strategies that align with this ethos. Amy has played an integral role in championing Fairtrade’s stance on modern slavery, providing recommendations to the government inquiry and encouraging the adoption of the Modern Slavery Act in Australia. What she enjoys most about her work is spending time with Fairtrade farmers and seeing people realise the power they possess to create positive change.




Our film content will be running before our live speakers throughout
the two days.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to each speaker session to be able to listen to our creative
and inspirational speakers from around the world.
These are short films running from 3-5 minutes.

Carmen Hijosa

Founder & Creative Director

Ananas Anam, Piñatex



Carmen talks with us about her journey, why plant-based materials

& the importance of why we really need to understand our raw materials and make better choices.







Wayne Hemingway


Creative Director

Hemingway Design



Wayne discusses how to blend design, creativity and purpose. What cultural and structural changes need to be made within the fashion industry to be more sustainable and how he sees design changing in the future.






Edwina Ehrman

Historian & Senior Curator

At The Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Fashion from Nature Curator


Edwina talks with us about her journey as a historian and what drew her to fashion. She talks about why creativity, material choices and sustainability play a pivotal role in design today and how Fashioned from Nature has inspired and impacted the public and industry alike.  


Timothy Turner-Sutton

Co-Founder & Creative Director


Fabrics: Piñatex



Tim talks about how his journey within the fashion industry and how ALTIIR launched their brand with sustainability in mind




Triambak Saxena

Co-Founder & COO




Kniterate is an affordable and compact digital knitting machine for your workshop, that turns your digital designs into knitted garments automatically.

Triam talks to us about why Kniterate started, what their machines do and the aim to help designers explore knitting’s potential and locally make personalized goods for your customers, your loved ones and of course, for yourself


Rose Dunster

Director & Co-Founder



Rehandle are a sustainable startup brand located @makerversity at Somerset House, London.

They up-cycle plastic vegetable sacks into one-of-a-kind handcrafted bags and pouches.




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