Like the sound of a healthy planet filled with smart design? Commune at Craft Cubed explores sustainability and the future of the fashion and product design industry. The free one-day event features a communal clothing swap, workshops, hand-made crafty goods and design experts to mingle with.
The curator of the event’s Talks Program, Lara McPherson, tells Time Out that customers are more influential than ever on the growth of the design industry. “Consumers have a key role in the design industry,” she says. “Most of us are talking actively about what we like and how we shop and that's shaping the industry.”
The power of the consumer is one of many topics that will unfold at two separate panels on the day. Digital: The New Design Frontier at 10am features The Design Files blogger Lucy Feagins, alongside former fashion editor at The Age, Janice Breen Burns; RMIT fashion academic Dr Jenny Underwood and marketing expert for Etsy Australia, Kirsteene Phelan.
The second panel at 11.30am, The Modern Design Education, features members of the tertiary sector to discuss how future leaders in the design world need to have an understanding of digital media as well as product design. “On this panel we’re moving away from the specialised education concept – people who work in design often have many strings to their bow, rather than focusing on one aspect of the industry.” For McPherson, the talks are all about “a great mix of perspectives”.
Once you’re done listening, take time to refresh your wardrobe at the Clothing Exchange, where you can swap your once-loved items with those of other visitors. Handmade wares by also be on sale as part of the RMIT Makers Market.