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Swatch the Future - RMIT Textile Design & Development

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The final year Textile Design & Development students at RMIT have forecast the future and imagined a world that needs to approach textiles differently from us. At a time when issues surrounding global warming are pressing, and the textile industry plays a significant role in this problem, we need to examine the consumption and treatment of textiles. Thirteen emerging designers set the scene, identifying a design problem within a potential environmental apocalypse or dystopia in order to develop textile design solutions. These new worlds may have been overrun with water, destructive animal species, or other external threats. In some of these worlds, humans have no means of creating new materials, or they have serious restrictions to what they can use. The designers have used knitting, weaving, surface design, embroidery and a range of other experimental and innovative techniques and materials to develop solutions to problems in new potential worlds.