This informal evening offered an introduction to the World Factory project – an investigation of global consumer capitalism through the lens of the textile industry, from the heart of the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century Manchester to the world behind the ‘Made-in-China’ labels on our clothes today.
Three expert speakers with different perspectives on the global textile industry discussed the relationship between production and consumption patterns in China today, and Manchester’s clothing and textile history, before the conversation was opened up to the wider audience. There was also a live demo of the digital World Factory shirt – where we trialled our phone app by scaning the barcodes on the shirt – this revealed the people and processes behind how each shirt was made.
Our speakers included:
Sara Li-Chou Han – PhD Candidate and guest lecturer in sustainable fashion at Manchester Metropolitan University, upcycling designer and formerly a co-founder of the Stitched Up sustainable fashion collective
Amanda Langdown – Senior Lecturer, Fashion, Illustration with Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University with an interest in sustainable development
Lena Simic– performance practitioner, co-organiser of the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home and Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University
For a taste of the topics covered please click on the following text Thoughts from the Cafe Conversation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester