Hear from director of Koco, Danielle Chiel, director at Conrad Gargett Laura Cockburn, and designer of the sustainable clothing label High Tea with Mrs Woo, Rowena Foong; Practice from their perspective.
Danielle first fell in love with the art of handknitting as a 10-year-old when her Great Aunt Pearl taught her the craft during a day off school, and it was love at first stitch. To Danielle, knitting was not a hobby but an act of love because of the encouragement she received. Knitting presents endless possibilities. It is both art and science; for the beautiful, colourful garments, and for the mathematics to design a pattern and adapt stitches.
After a career as a teacher and earning a PhD in musicology, Danielle turned to her love of knitting and fashion. She now runs a business in India and Australia which is changing lives. KOCO – Knit One (garment) Change One (life) - teaches women, most of whom have never been to school, to handknit to a high standard. They make fabulous garments, by hand, for fashion brands all around the world. In this way, KOCO is taking the feeling of love Danielle experienced as a child, teaching women to handknit and sharing it with the world.
DIRECTOR, CONRAD GARGETT
Laura is a Director at Conrad Gargett and has a keen interest in the collaborative approach to design that underpins her work. Her approach to design is anchored by a deep appreciation for diverse cultures, people and their connection to place. Her travels abroad have provided her with a unique perspective, and a desire to ensure that our built environment is respectful, purposeful, intelligent and beautiful for future generations and changing communities.
Laura remains committed to continued improvement in our built environment and creation of place by engagement with peers and the wider community through her Vice Presidency at AIA and her position in the Procurement Task Force as well as her role as an ARB Practice Examiner and Mentor for both AIA and NAWIC.
CO-DESIGNER, HIGH TEA WITH MRS WOO
High Tea with Mrs Woo is the design collaboration of three creative sisters. Established in 2004, this proud Australian-made, small-run clothing label creates eloquent women’s clothing and accessories with natural fibre fabrics.
Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong produce their range of women’s clothing in-house, from their hometown in Newcastle NSW. They practice Slow Fashion and Slow Wearing values - using materials and creating designs that are appreciated for their craftsmanship, wearability and materiality; maintaining a small and sustainable scale of production to make clothing that is worthy of care and enjoyment for a long and useful life.
The sisters’ design and business practice extends into their community. They run Slow Wearing Well initiative where they host informative and inspiring events like LIVE Wardrobe Edit sessions. They also facilitate a High Tea with Mrs Woo Lifecycle marketplace for customers to buy and sell pre-loved Mrs Woo garments of good to excellent condition - encouraging customers to extend the life of their loved garments and keep them in use for as long as possible.
Monday 02 December 6:30PM