WEAR Sustain April Newsletter

WEAR Sustain April Newsletter

Hello ethical Pioneer!


Welcome to the first WEAR Sustain E-Newsletter; the start of our regular updates from the WEAR wearables and smart-textiles ecosphere.


This month we launched the first of our two Open Calls for art and technology collaborative innovation funding, to develop ethical or sustainable wearables or e-textiles. We’re looking for people in the creative and technology fields (such as artists, designers, engineers, techies) to team-up and co-create concepts for wearables or smart textiles, to help address societal challenges, and in the process challenge the tech industry to change for the better. You don’t have to be an expert in wearables or e-textiles as if your application is successful, the funding would support you with mentoring, expertise and access to hubs to help realise your ideas! Do you have a concept that could address our ethical themes in some way? Perhaps you could recommend someone to apply?



Don’t delay the deadline of 31st May is just a month away!



London Launch Event – 3rd May 2017

On Wednesday 3rd May WEAR Sustain will be holding an event aimed at the wide range of people interested in applying to the Open Call, or supporting successful applicants.


The event, hosted by Digital Catapult, will include a day of speakers including Professor Martin Charter Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design at UCA, Designer Anne Prahl PhD, Ed Gillespie, Founder of communications agency Futerra Consultancy and Professor Sandy Black, Professor of Fashion & Textile Design & Technology, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, University of the Arts London.


This will be followed by discussions on the future of ethical and sustainable wearables and e-textiles, followed by an evening announcement of the project’s Open Call to fund wearables and smart textiles concepts that address ethics and sustainability.


The evening will finish with networking to support interested applicants in finding a collaborative partner to apply to the project’s Open Call.


Register for the London event on 3rd May now.



Artist Profile:
This week we feature a media artist from the WEAR Sustain Online Network, in our article Creative Responses to Sustainability: Coral Love Story: Chapter #1. Kasia Molga addresses an environmental challenge beautifully in collaboration with a technologist. Find out how she has developed a wearable piece that responds to real time data from coral bleaching alerts.




Open Call Webinar, 2nd May – Application support:
If you are thinking of applying or supporting your network to apply for our funding, but have some questions, our live webinar next week on the 2nd May will help. Visit our events page for details.



Join our online network to find a collaborative partner:
WEAR Sustain provides networking opportunities at our local events. It is also important that everyone interested in joining the project in some capacity creates a profile on the WEAR Online Network. If you are seeking a potential collaborator, you may use this network as a resource. The more practitioners registered, the bigger the pool of potential partners. Our EU-wide network consist of ethical and sustainable focussed creatives, hubs, experts, technologists, academia and other fields involved in wearables, smart textiles, sustainability and business that could have a hand in making and supporting change across Europe.


We have already identified a few of you across Europe who we feel should be in the ecosystem but we need YOU to enter or claim your profile now and be part of a pioneering critical, ethical and aesthetic wearables and e-textiles network!


We have created three short videos to guide you through the process:


We hope to see some of you at our next event in  London next week!


Rachel Lasebikan


WEAR Sustain Communication & Dissemination Team / Senior Research & Innovation Manager, Queen Mary University of London