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Sustainability festival and conference at RMIT

RMIT University Brunswick

RMIT University’s annual sustainability festival and conference day, Commune @ RMIT Brunswick, will be held on Wednesday, 18 July.

Patricia Brien, festival director, said Commune celebrates all things connected with fashion, textiles and craft that are sustainable and local.

“Commune is growing each year and connects the local community with global artists and designers at RMIT Brunswick, the home of fashion and textiles education and research,” she said.

The day will feature creative workshops and market stalls with guests including prominent Australian and international practitioners, artists and designers including a master class with leading fashion and textiles innovator Linda Jackson.

A leading UK academic on sustainability in fashion, Dr Kate Fletcher, will conduct a live interactive Skype session.

Zero waste designer, Holly McQuillan from New Zealand, will be speaking and workshopping, while Emma Grace will conduct a Treasury workshop and turn broken and unloved jewellery into something new.

Local Melbourne author of The Comfort of Water, Maya Ward, will also be there discussing the importance of place.

There will be student exhibitions and demonstrations of new textile technologies.

Stalls will include contemporary designer vintage salon Paris ’99, Captain Robbo, Wovenspoke and local produce featuring students’ work, books, local fashion businesses and food stalls including Brunswick backyard honey and music.

What: Commune @ RMIT Brunswick

When: Wednesday, 18 July, 10am-6.30 pm. Workshops start from 10am. Market stalls from noon.

Where: RMIT Brunswick Campus, 25 Dawson Street, Brunswick, Melbourne

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Cost: Some workshops cost between $5 and $50

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