The University of the Arts London now includes samples represented key innovations from the HEREWEAR project in their student-facing showcase of sustainable materials. The material libraries on two sites, London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martin’s are key resources for students, inspiring them to select more sustainable and innovative materials for their collections, while also opening their eyes to the research and development happening across the industry, which will shape the future of design for graduates. 

The HEREWEAR materials used to explain the project to students at London College of Fashion. Credit: Laetitia Forst

As part of a rolling display, samples of HighPerCell regenerated cellulose and PLA biopolyester are currently being shown. The materials are presented alongside a brief description of the HEREWEAR project approach and aims, connecting students to research projects happening in their university and encouraging them to reach out to individual researchers.

The HEREWEAR materials used to explain the project to students at London College of Fashion. Credit: Laetitia Forst

Material libraries can sometimes be limited to specifier references, mainly giving users a catalogue of materials to buy and use. By including the emerging biobased material innovation in this space, we aim to highlight the great potential of a holistic approach where designers are involved in the early stages of material developments and can learn how to design with their very specific properties. This exhibit aligns with a range of student-facing workshops and lectures that have been carried out through the duration of the HEREWEAR project.

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