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COP out CAMP out

Written by Grace Beaumont

Picture1Zeffra dress in georgette with exclusive silk/ glassino jacquard knit

Last week I was lucky enough to meet a fashion designer whom I would describe as one of the most innovative, stuff visionary and hard working designers of the moment; Brooke Roberts. Brooke’s self named women’s wear label is heavily influenced by radiology and juxtaposes the worlds of science and fashion to great technical effect. I caught up with Brooke in her Hackney based studio to find out more….

Where were you born and raised?
I grew up in rural Australia and went to university in Sydney and at that point I was studying to become a radiographer as I loved science and the anatomy. Whilst I was there I tried a bit of styling and then moved to London. I temped for a while then ended up going to LCF and Central St. Martin’s after deciding I wanted to be a tailor.

How long ago did you graduate?

It feels like decades ago but I finished at LCF at the end of 2005.

What have you been up to since graduating?
In four years I’ve been juggling everything. I’m still working as a radiographer and I’ve been doing that all the way through even when I was studying. At the same time I’ve worked with people like Giles Deacon and Louise Goldin. I’ve also been keeping busy doing some freelance bits here and there, the most recent of which was a job for Daphne Guinness with Jens Lagerson. I’ve been travelling a lot as well working at factories in Italy and developing links in India, just trying to immerse myself in the industry and developing contacts. In the last year specifically I’ve been focusing on trying to build my label.

How does your job as a radiographer influence your designs?
You can’t really separate the two because everything I do in terms of my design links directly back to my work as a radiographer. I’m very scientifically minded and I think what I do looks more at the technology side of science. From technique to materials to imagery it all goes full circle. All the artwork, the shapes the way I cut it all relates to it. It’s different because it’s not purely aesthetic and I really like to think about function. When I design I think about how it’s going to be cut and put together even down to which seams I’m going to use which is why I thought about becoming a tailor.
Stay tuned for the second installment…
Picture1Zeffra dress in georgette with exclusive silk/ glassino jacquard knit

Last week I was lucky enough to meet a fashion designer whom I would describe as one of the most innovative, side effects visionary and hard working designers of the moment; Brooke Roberts. Brooke’s self named women’s wear label is heavily influenced by radiology and juxtaposes the worlds of science and fashion to great technical effect. I caught up with Brooke in her Hackney based studio to find out more….

Where were you born and raised?
I grew up in rural Australia and went to university in Sydney and at that point I was studying to become a radiographer as I loved science and the anatomy. Whilst I was there I tried a bit of styling and then moved to London. I temped for a while then ended up going to LCF and Central St. Martin’s after deciding I wanted to be a tailor.

How long ago did you graduate?

It feels like decades ago but I finished at LCF at the end of 2005.

What have you been up to since graduating?
In four years I’ve been juggling everything. I’m still working as a radiographer and I’ve been doing that all the way through even when I was studying. At the same time I’ve worked with people like Giles Deacon and Louise Goldin. I’ve also been keeping busy doing some freelance bits here and there, this site the most recent of which was a job for Daphne Guinness with Jens Lagerson. I’ve been travelling a lot as well working at factories in Italy and developing links in India, look just trying to immerse myself in the industry and developing contacts. In the last year specifically I’ve been focusing on trying to build my label.

 

 

How does your job as a radiographer influence your designs?
You can’t really separate the two because everything I do in terms of my design links directly back to my work as a radiographer. I’m very scientifically minded and I think what I do looks more at the technology side of science. From technique to materials to imagery it all goes full circle. All the artwork, the shapes the way I cut it all relates to it. It’s different because it’s not purely aesthetic and I really like to think about function. When I design I think about how it’s going to be cut and put together even down to which seams I’m going to use which is why I thought about becoming a tailor.
Stay tuned for the second installment…
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Grab your sleeping bag and wrap up warm because this Saturday Climate Camp London will not only be joining the tens of thousands of people gathering in The City for The Wave, mind these guys are staying put. It is time to draw attention to the false solutions such as carbon trading proposed by the UNFCCC and challenge corporations and political systems that are causing climate change. At a secret location (to be announced via text message) tents will pop-up and a low budget screen will display projected images of all things Climate Camp related, look all to demand effective solutions to the climate crisis.

If things continue and the government get their way the next crisis won’t be financial, this web it’ll be a lot worse. Yesterday in Chicago the Mobilization for Climate Justice targeted Chicago Climate Exchange, the first and largest carbon market in North America. “Climate criminals” such as this are profiting from climate change and cashing in on people’s concern, carbon trading is a diversion from the solutions we really need. As Abigail Singer of the Mobilization for Climate Justice stated; “THE AIR IS NOT FOR SALE!”

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Illustrations by Jermaine Gallacher

So how can you get involved?

Sign up for text message alerts Beep Beep

Get to grips with a pop-up tent Boing

Be in London in the AM ready, willing and able.

And if you’re unsure about carbon trading/cap and trade, how it works and who it benefits heres a little video from the makers of ‘The Story of Stuff’…

“The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution – emissions trading – on the negotiating table at Copenhagen and in other capitals. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap
and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis.”

The Story of Cap & Trade from Story of Stuff Project on Vimeo.

www.storyofcapandtrade.org

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