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    A Holistic Introduction to Sustainable Fashion - online

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    Become part of the movement towards greater ecological integrity and social justice in the fashion industry in this first of a kind offering at CERES.Β 

    The course commences on Thursday the 6th of May and will finish onΒ Thursday the 10th of June. It will be delivered fully online with sixΒ 2 hour zoom sessions.Β 

    Global voices weaving the international sustainable fashion narrative.

    This course will open our eyes and provide the insight, understanding and practical tools required to collectively improve upon what is currently one of the most unsustainable and damaging sectors globally.Β Β 

    Course facilitator and trainer Katarina Molin Mota will lead the narrative, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in sustainable fashion. Kat will be joined by industry experts from around the world sharing their personal experiences in addressing the whole system of fashion. This means striving to improve every step in the process, from the livelihoods of cotton farmers in IndiaΒ to the conditions of workers in factories, the polluting impact of dye and colour, the financial system in which fashion is embedded and our culture of consumerism.Β  Guest speakers discuss their own life journeys in establishing globally-recognised brands and what it means to become a leader in the movement towards a more sustainable global fashion industry. An incredible opportunity to hear from an amazing network of passionate people committed to improving the fashion world, one garment at a time.Β 

    In addition to theories about the industry and real-world examples,Β  the course will weave in an element of self-reflection and connection providing the opportunity to take a look at our personal relationship with what we wear, as a means of creative expression and as a basic human need.Β  We are all part of this complex supply chain. What kind of relationship do we want to consciously have with it?Β 

    Sometimes solutions can become idyllic and farfetched, leading to a sense of despair and burn out. We will explore all of these issues and how we can centre ourselves in the sustainable fashion movement with practical tools and tips on what we can implement into our daily lives.Β 

    The course aims to build a community with sustainable fashion as its connecting point. We hope the group created will live long after the course has finished. We encourage collaboration and sharing of ideas to grow from the union of interests, purpose and intention those coming to this course will bring.Β 

    Who is this course for?

    Anyone with a desire to create a positive impact in the world through what we wear. As well as, fashion students, professionals, makers, crafters, fashion and sustainability enthusiasts.Β 

    Course outcomesΒ 

    CERES School of Nature and Climate focus isΒ connecting to peoples’ hearts, sharing knowledge to empower their minds, and teaching applied skills they can implement with their hands.

    Head

    • Knowledge and skills required to steer the fashion industry towards sustainability
    • Understanding of possibilities for system change on a personal and industrial level

    Heart

    • Greater clarity on personal gifts forΒ  positive spheres of creation
    • A deeper understanding of self and purpose through personal reflections and insights

    Hands

    • Practical tools and tips to make changes, starting with ourselves
    • The means to centre ourselves in the sustainable fashion movement through living more consciouslyΒ 
    • Joining a network of passionate people making changes in the world
    • Opportunities for collaboration with fellow students

    Sessions details

    Zoom sessions:Β Thursdays 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm (AEST/Melbourne Time) from 6th May to 10th June

    Plus weekly activities and discussions

    1. Introduction to Sustainable Fashion

    Holistic introduction to all things Sustainable Fashion -Β  consumption issues, environmental challenges, technology, forecast for change, ethics and science.

    2. Global consumption and the business of fashion

    Discussions on sustainable business - size vs scale. How do we live within our means? What is doughnut economics?

    3. Best practice and raising the bar

    What can sustainable Fashion really look like? What does a sustainable garment look like? We’ll explore end-to-end sustainable fashion, setting the bar high and how as individuals, business owners and consumers, we can strive to achieve greatness.

    4. Farming for Fashion - Organic Cotton Farming in India

    We'll look at environmental tolls and opportunities, water requirements, and the tragedy of the pesticide trap. We'll be joined by guest speakers from the field to discuss the reality of workers' rights, and how we can aid in creating value for farmers in the supply chain.

    5. The Global movement, hope for the future

    The birth of sustainable fashion, the movement, the challenge. As we all begin to reflect on our unsustainable ways, we are called to create the road map to a more sustainable future. Will we be able to affect global change before it’s too late?

    6. Recap, reflection, future steps

    Learning pathways and where to from here, employment in the green economy, changing our ways, keeping the passion alive!

    Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation (upon completion of at least 75% of the course) and CERES School of Nature and Climate micro-credential badge/s.

    Trainer Bio

    Katarina Molin Mota

    Katerina's father owned a textile production factory in Portugal and her Swedish mother is a fashion designer, so she grew up in the midst of textiles, garment production and fashion collections. Her parents met whilst discussing shirt hems! It was also in this environment that she was first exposed to production shifts from Portugal to other countries with cheaper labour and shorter lead times.

    Katerina spent three eye-opening years buying for a leading global fashion brand. Here,Β  she felt very conflicted, as her growing passion for sustainable fashion was defined by her own morals and values, but her role had opened up her eyes to the vast scale of fast fashion in a globalised world.

    Katerina is the fearless leader of theΒ Sustainable Fashion in India trip which is part ofΒ CERES Global. Her passion for everything sustainable fashion is unparalleled - she is currently completing her Masters in the Netherlands in Practice Held in Common, focusing on Alternative Education Methodologies and Visual Arts related to Sustainable Fashion. She continuously explores what sustainable living means to her, from a holistic point of view and in her daily practice. She is also the Founder of Green Tag Film, a documentary project focused on the true nature of sustainability and its challenges and opportunities.

    We look forward to having you join us on this exciting journey to introduce you to and pique your interest in the world of sustainable fashion. Be the change you want to see in the world!


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    CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers. If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability. If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee. If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee. Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent notification which includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.