NEXT X NOW
26 Aug | PANEL DISCUSSION
Next x Now: Waste as a resource
A circular future is the way forward. What happens when we reframe waste as a resource? Industry experts Timothy Moore (Sibling Architecture), Blake Witherow (Precious Plastics Melbourne), Amanda Morgan (Fungi Solutions) and ceramicist Claire Ellis will deep dive into how embracing post-consumer waste will revolutionise retail design in this interactive panel discussion.Learn More
INTERACTIVE PANEL DISCUSSION
In our resource-constrained world, we must seek alternative solutions to preserving ecosystems and countering climate change. The building sector is accelerating environmental destruction at a rapid rate – yet there is a huge untapped potential to change the way we think about waste.
In this interactive panel discussion, pioneers in sustainable design will deep dive into the promising possibilities of recycling, repurposing and reusing by products that would usually be destined for landfill.
Hosted by Karen Webster, who has been a key figure in the creative industries for 40 years, thought-leaders will discuss how circular design will shape the future and shift the current retail design framework in novel and inspiring ways.
Panellists include: Timothy Moore, director of Sibling Architecture, lecturer of architecture and co-curator of Melbourne Design Week; Blake Witherow, Industrial Designer & Head Of Engineering at plastic recycling start up Precious Plastics Melbourne; Claire Ellis, former Attica chef and ceramicist whose work has been exhibited at Paris Design Week and Milan Design Week; and Amanda Morgan, co-founder of Fungi Solutions who work with brands to develop mycelium solutions.
Included in the ticket purchase is a complimentary admission to the Makers House Open House Tour, which runs from 5pm – 6pm prior to the NEXT X NOW event.
Friday 26th August 2022
5pm – 6pm: Complimentary Makers House Open Studio Tour
6pm – 7pm: Interactive Panel Discussion
$35, $25 concession (Students, Health Care card holders, Seniors)
Ticket price includes the Open Studio Tour for
NEXT X NOW from 5pm – 6pm
Level 4 Makers House, Hanover House, 158 City Road, Southbank VIC 3006
Key themes and topics of discussion:
- Waste as a material. How do we define waste, does that definition need to change or improve?
- Retail spaces and waste, what are the possibilities?
- What does the future of retail look like?
- What are the benefits of integrating waste materials or post-consumer materials into the current retail frameworks?
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.
Director, Sibling Architecture
Timothy Moore is a director of Sibling Architecture, lecturer of architecture at Monash University, and the co-curator of Melbourne Design Week presented by the National Gallery of Victoria. At Sibling, Timothy has overseen its design-research practice, which has seen Sibling exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria, Istanbul Design Biennial, Gyeonggi MoMA and the São Paulo Architecture Biennial, and receive the 2019 Victorian Architecture Awards Small Project commendation for the project New Agency.
The boundary-pushing collective, Sibling Architecture, has created the ingenious fit-out and spatial design for Hanover House, emphasizing sustainability and circularity by repurposing existing material and objects within the building wherever possible.
Industrial Designer & Head of Engineering, Precious Plastics Melbourne
Blake Witherow, graduated from RMIT Industrial Design with First Class Honors and received a master’s degree in Product Design and Innovation from the University of Milan.
Blake has spent the last decade being involved in many facets of design and industry, from learning how to build custom bicycle frames to launching his own shoe brand. Blake’s latest venture is Precious Plastic Melbourne, a recycling start up business that locally designs and manufactures their own plastic recycling machines, which enable people to explore the potential of recycling plastic.
Founder, Claire Ellis Ceramics
Claire Ellis is a Canadian-born emerging ceramic artist and designer. While working as a chef at one of the world’s best restaurants in Naarm (Melbourne), Attica, Claire began making tableware for the tasting menu and created a ceramics studio within the restaurant. Claire’s chef experience influences her work through a focus on raw materials and experimentation and her research focuses on incorporating transformed waste materials into her work.
Claire left Attica to focus on ceramics full time in April 2021 and since then have developed two solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria’s Craft Contemporary Festival 2021 and Melbourne Design Week 2022. Claire’s work has been exhibited this year at Paris Design Week and Milan Design Week and also won the innovation award at the Warrandyte Pottery Expo 2022.
Co-Founder / Head of Research & Development, Fungi Solutions
Amanda Morgan is the Co-Founder and leads the Research and Development at Fungi Solutions, to tackle challenges of waste management and ecosystem rehabilitation through circular design practices.
With an extensive background in prototyping, Amanda works closely with clients to develop refined mycelium solutions for their products. With initial focus on the development of a targeted recycling program, using the material by-product from the process as circular packaging, Amanda has developed a range of targeted mycelium strains for the remediation of pollutants and the production of Mycomaterials (alternatives to single use plastics, animal by-products and timber milled products).
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