28 Oct | INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION
The Future Transparent Retailer Talk
How can retail become a catalyst for positive environmental and social change? With the 2030 climate deadline rapidly approaching and the world around us in flux, retail must embrace transparency to keep up with consumer demands.Learn More
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION
It has become apparent that we can no longer consume at such a rapid pace. With our natural resources dwindling and a desire for ‘newness’ showing no signs of slowing down, retail will play an important role in tackling climate change.
A must-attend event for anyone working in the retail, marketing, design and creative industries, this dynamic panel of Shimroth John Thomas (multidisciplinary designer), Julia Kay (Great Wrap), Luke Phillips (Into Carry) and Jessie French (Other Matter) will explore how brands and businesses can adopt whole-system thinking (calculating the cause and effect of every touchpoint) to become champions for affirmative environmental and social action.
Our experts will also delve into how traditional brick-and-mortar can go beyond simply sustaining finite resources and begin to renew and regenerate, as well as how e-commerce fits into this retail framework of the future. The panel will look at retail holistically, from supply chains and design, to products sold and profits generated.
Drinks will be available as well as access into Atelier's artisanal studios and the uniquely curated space of Makers House, including RE/Space prior to the NEXT X NOW Talk.
Friday 28th October 2022
6pm – 7pm (Doors open 5pm for access into Atelier studios)
$35, $25 concession (Students, Health Care card holders, Seniors)
Ticket price includes access to Atelier Open Studio for
NEXT X NOW from 5pm – 6pm.
Drinks will be available.
Level 4 Makers House, Hanover House,
158 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006
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Dean & Principal, LCI Melbourne
Karen Webster is the Dean and Principal of the Australian campus of internationally acclaimed Design Institute LCI.
Karen has been a key player, design advocate and leading academic in Australia’s creative industries over the past 40 years and has held senior positions in fashion and textiles at RMIT University for over twenty years and was also the Design Director of Buzz Products in 2017 before joining LCI Melbourne in June 2019.
From 2005 to 2010 Karen was the Festival Director of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Other notable achievements was being appointed as the first female Board Director of the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia in 2010 and she was also the Chair of the Australian Fashion Council. In 2012 Karen was inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame in Melbourne.
SHIMROTH JOHN THOMAS
Multidisciplinary Designer & Founder, Phycoforms
Shimroth John Thomas’ practice sits at the intersection of architecture, photography, system and climate. After completing his master’s degree from RMIT’s School of Design, he is now working on developing innovative biomaterials through his company Phycoforms.
Aiming to provide a sustainable solution to the construction industry’s waste issue, the Phycoforms product range consists of 100% natural and compostable building materials which are derived from the residues of harvested brown seaweed and other waste resources. Shimroth is also the co-founder of Untwine, a start-up on a mission to eliminate single-use packaging in the food and beverage industries.
Co-founder, Great Wrap
Alongside her husband, Julia Kay launched Great Wrap – a first-of-its-kind stretch wrap material made from potato waste. Offering the same level of performance as petroleum-based products currently on the market, Great Wrap breaks down in under 180 days in a home compost without leaving any microplastics behind.
Great Wrap is changing the future of plastic, reducing our dependence on finite resources and helping to rehabilitate our planet through regeneration. Julia formerly worked as an architect, which first sparked her passion for alternative materials.
Founder, Into Carry & Into Coffee
An industrial designer by trade, Luke Phillips wants to encourage people to change their relationship with waste. He does this through Into Carry, a Melbourne-based accessories label that upcycles materials that would otherwise go to landfill: velvet curtains from a local cinema, vintage leather couches, milk cartons and even instant noodle packets.
Through using discarded matter, Into Carry encourages us to contemplate consumerism, sustainability and the mundane objects that make up our worlds. He’s also applied this same vision to Into Coffee, a zero-waste cafe in Collingwood.
Founder, Other Matter
Jessie French is an artist and experimental designer based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Housed with an ethos of consumption, sustainability and regeneration, her practice invites engagement with the possibilities of a post-petrochemical world. Through experimenting with materials, she explores the potential of closed-loop systems, (re)use, conscious consumption and interaction with objects.
In 2020, French founded Other Matter, an experimental design studio working with Algae based bioplastics which tangibly explores application of new materials she develops through objects, experiences and futures.
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