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Art of Possible: The Future of Fashion – The Tech Edit

28 April 2022 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Fashion has always been at the forefront of innovation — from the invention of the sewing machine to the rise of e-commerce. Today, fashion technology is growing at a faster pace than ever. Robots that sew and cut fabric, AI algorithms that predict style trends, VR mirrors in dressing rooms, digital tools for cutting-edge design, tackling counterfeiting with blockchain and an array of other innovations show how tech is automating, personalising, and speeding up the fashion space whilst enabling innovative, sustainable business models.

Known across the globe for creativity and innovation, Scotland has been influencing the world of fashion for centuries. But what does the future hold?

We’re excited to report that Art of Possible is back in-person, featuring a fireside chat with inspirational leading experts in fashion, textiles and jewellery-making that blend traditional skills with transformative new technologies, whilst exploring different materials and constructs to push the boundaries of design that is both cutting-edge and sustainable without compromising quality or craftmanship.

The session will end with a beer, wine & bites reception to reconnect and celebrate the return of Art of Possible in person…

Please note that attendees are required to follow current Scottish Government guidelines regarding COVID-19 on the date of the event, including the wearing of masks. We will send attendees current guidelines prior to the event date.



Meet the panel:

Dr Lynne MacLachlan, Lynne MacLachlan Studio

After studying a degree in aerospace engineering, Lynne returned to education to study jewellery and metalwork design, achieving an MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art and completing a PHD in design at Open Uni. Lynne harnesses the latest digital technology to create innovative designs, while exploring and pushing the capabilities using bespoke software tools and 3D printing. Her work has been recognised with awards from the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council amongst others.

Hamish Menzies, Creative Director, ROCIO

Rocio is a luxury eco-fashion label founded & based in Scotland. The brand’s unique direction is to combine creativity, artistry & technology to make it’s designs the definition of sustainable fashion. Hamish studied instrument engineering before embarking on a career with BP in the oil & gas sector. In his free time Hamish studied the dramatic arts and enjoyed travelling & theatre. During a work sabbatical, Hamish travelled the world and became fascinated by a chance meeting with a group of talented wood sculpturers. Having a passion for the arts, Hamish had a vision of bringing both the art and fashion worlds together. After experimenting modern design techniques with different species of sustainable wood and contemporary textiles, the ROCIO brand’s debut collection was finally launched in London in 2006.

Alan Shaw, Centre For Advanced Textiles, The Glasgow School of Art

Alan Shaw is the Manager at the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at The Glasgow School of Art, where he oversees production, industrial research and the day to day running of the centre. He graduated from GSA in 2000 with a Master’s degree in Textile Design focusing on digital design and production. In 2001 Alan helped to set-up CAT as the first educational facility to offer services to external companies, both nationally and internationally. Before working at CAT, Alan spent four years at the Glasgow textile printing firm Timorous Beasties overseeing print production and finishing. He has lectured at various Scottish colleges and continues to design and produce textiles on a freelance basis.

Chaired by Abi Hird, Knowledge Transfer Manager Design, Innovate UK-KTN

Abi leads the Design Innovation Network, working across all sectors and technology areas. Abi creates connections to help innovators leverage good design practice and deliver positive change. Abi has deep expertise in design, manufacturing, innovation, and engineering management, and previously led KTN’s “Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey” programme.


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