IFFTI 2021 conference


Fashioning Resurgence: Our Time is Now

26 – 28 October 2021

Pearl Academy, India  


I will be presenting a paper on research at the upcoming IFFTI 2021 conference with my colleagues Verity Prideaux, Dr. Sonya Kraan, Dr. Rebecca Van Amber, Emma Yench, and Associate Dean of Technology, Dr. J Underwood from RMIT University’s School of Fashion and Textiles.


Abstract: Reflecting on Place and Materials: Interdisciplinarity Practices for Fashion

The fashion and textiles sector is undergoing a moment of deep reflection. Technological innovations and improved environmental, social and ethical practices are transforming the global fashion and textiles industry, fundamentally changing how clothes are made, consumed and experienced. Simultaneously, society and consumer behaviour and expectations are changing. Conscious consumers are buying less but better and are wanting more meaningful experiences. Various industry reports (such as the Global Fashion Agenda, 2020) highlight the challenges, as well as opportunities, facing the industry. These challenge the global fashion and textiles education community to rethink how it prepares graduates for industry. What knowledge and skills will graduates need? As educators, how do we adapt and transform curriculum offerings to provide graduates opportunities for meaningful employment, meet the needs of industry whilst ensuring that we work within planetary boundaries and strive for best ethical and social practices.   

When considering future employability of graduates, three key considerations will inform and shape the fashion and textiles industry: (i) Sustainability and the shift to a circular fashion system require new ways of working; (ii) A new material intelligence is needed that will support the analysis and development of the next generation of materials within a framework of sustainability, and (iii) Interdisciplinarity through a multi-stakeholder approach to support ‘Age of entanglement’(Oxman, 2016) ways of working. 

This paper outlines the conceptual philosophy for the learning design of the two courses co-delivered to all first-year students in the School of  Fashion and Textiles These courses seek to scaffold and complement students’ discipline-specific learning of design (fashion design and textile design), enterprise (fashion enterprise) or technology (sustainable innovation). Both courses seek, in different ways, to promote interdisciplinary learning which enables students to develop shared language sets around sustainability and materials, and to recognise and establish relationships between disciplinary sectors.  Furthermore, it is argued that interdisciplinary courses can provide opportunities to explore diverse strategies for actioning sustainability locally and in connection to global issues.



Pearl Academy x IFFTI conference website

ROADMAP presented by State of Disaster

“This project aims to empower local artists and the community to think beyond now, share sensibilities, exchange imaginaries and speculate on futures.” – State of Disaster



11 – 25 September 2021

3031 – Kensington and Flemington – Victoria, Australia

An open air art show on the unceded land of the Eastern Kulin Nations

ROADMAP : https://stateofdisaster3031.com/M-A-P

restricted area on Instagram – @site_praxis


ROADMAP, presented by State of Disaster

Over September my new site-specific work, restricted area, will be a part of the open exhibition, ROADMAP, presented by State of Disaster and co-curated by Tameka Carter & Rute Chaves. The exhibition is across the 3031 postcode (Kensington, Flemington) in Victoria, Australia, and

Tarryn Handcock, restricted area (2021), site specific work for Haydon Lane, documented as @site_praxis



Exhibition Website –  State of Disaster

Exhibition Instagram – @state.of.disaster

Tags – #roadmap2021 #stateofdisasterkensington2021  #stateofdisasterkensingto

Melbourne Design Week 2021


26 March 2021 – ongoing

Melbourne Design Week

EpistolaryOnline exhibition and workshopshttps://epistolary.love/


I am delighted to be working with Paul Yacoumis on EPISTOLARY, an online exhibition and a programme of events as a part of Melbourne Design Week 2021, an initiative of Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.


Epistolary is a digital exhibition and self-guided tour of the city featuring a collection of ‘love letters’ to Melbourne. Through an evolving gallery the exhibition explores what makes local places and spaces unique, and includes online workshops that provide an opportunity to create and share your own love letter to places you care about


In the lead up to the launch on March 26th, you can find out more here:

Melbourne Design Week 2021 programme

Epistolary Instagram page: @epistolary.love




March 26th 2021, 12pm – ongoing

Love letters go live! Head to the Epistolary website to view the first love letters to Melbourne and add your own to to the evolving gallery, which will be updated throughout Melbourne Design Week.


RMIT WORKSHOP – Designer love: Expressing care for place

March 29th 2021, 10am-12pm

This invitation only RMIT University online workshop is led by Tarryn Handcock and Paul Yacoumis with Alice Lewis and Lisa Carroll. During this session, RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles first year students consider how designers can play a role in ways we care and connect with the world around us, and respond to the question, ‘is this love?’


PUBLIC WORKSHOP – A Lovers’ Discourse: Write a love letter to Melbourne

March 31st, 6pm-7.30pm

In this public online workshop led by Tarryn Handcock and Paul Yacoumis with rute chaves and Amandine Thomas, we ask: Why do you fall in love with particular places? What’s the most creative way you can express your love for a city? Join in conversation with the panel of artists and designers as they guide you through creating your own love letter to the world around you, and playfully approach caring and connecting with place.




Dr Tarryn Handcock is a cross-disciplinary designer, artist and academic in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University. Her work investigates fashion spaces and places, including relationships between people, place and dress. Through her work she is interested in the capacity for design to inspire storytelling; recent projects explore discourse, duration and dressing practices at an urban scale. She is also a life-long letter writer.


Paul Yacoumis is a part-time musician, writer, science nerd, social critic, coder, and armchair philosopher. He currently works at the intersection of data science, innovation, and public policy. The common thread: A dedication to exploring and improving the human condition, and inspiring renewed wonder and critical thinking in an increasingly fragmented world. He also likes making pretty things.