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How fashion adapted to climate change – in the Little Ice Age
People see global warming as a modern phenomenon, but fashion has a long history of responding to climate change.
Ghanaian photographer Lawrence Agyei on the power of photography
“To me, a great photograph is like poetry. It captures and expresses a situation or emotion that transcends everyday life.”
From refugee camp to fashion runway
Motivated by experiences of displacement, these designers are using fashion to tell their story of war and strife and in doing so, helping refugee communities.
Tia Blassingame is using her craft to investigate racism in America
Using old-fashioned printing methods, Blassingame’s work focuses on historical and contemporary racism.
Colonialism, the fashion industry and sustainability
Former Lebanese refugee, Celine Semaan, is tackling issues of consumption and sustainability within the fashion industry as it relates to our colonial past.
Sculptors set to create the world’s largest gender equality art project
Australian sculptors and married couple Gillie and Marc are creating 10 life sized sculptures celebrating the lives of monumental women.
OurArtworks is a creative haven for Mississippi's disabled community
“Anyone who has a disability has the ability to create art.”
Three fashionable items designed for the differently abled
Grace Jun and her team at the Open Style Lab are creating functional and stylish clothing that considers everyone.
More than a catcall
Sophie Sandberg tackles everyday harassment by taking it back to the streets.
Blair Imani is writing Herstory
Imani’s book is shining a light both on modern feminists and on marginalised people who are making a difference in the world.
Shaina Garfield on how we can benefit the Earth after death
She shared how her project Leaves proposes a sustainable coffin that will help the body decompose naturally.
Exploring Shantell Martin’s unique interactive illustrations
The London-born, New York-based artist is creating larger than life artworks that comment on intersectionality, identity and play.
Alice Rawsthorn on bad design
“We desperately need good design in this world and we desperately don't need bad design. That's why it's so important that we should come to terms with it.”
This photographer gave homeless people cameras to document their lives
After five days, 45 of the cameras were returned and over 600 images developed. The results were astonishing.
Can the architecture of a prison contribute to the rehabilitation of its inmates?
"Every inmate in Norwegian prisons are going back to the society. Do you want people who are angry — or people who are rehabilitated?”
The all-woman band taking over a space traditionally reserved for men
New York’s Flor de Toloache talk preserving culture, women empowerment and taking on the male-dominated world of Mariachi.
Ane Crabtree’s labour of creative love
“What I do is act like a kind of connector or conduit of emotion. Emotion in words, in pace, in visuals across the screen.”
Joy Buolamwini uses art and research to show the social implications of AI
The Ghanaian-American computer scientist and digital activist spoke to us during her Cape Town visit.
Toyin Ojih Odutola’s portraits show black skin as textured and diverse
“We have enough about what my skin looks like but what does it feel like?’
Designers Leta and Wade on living and working together successfully
The couple talked about honesty, creativity, their project Complements and the universal strangeness of love.
Tech to empower marginalised communities
Human rights activist and storyteller Thenmozhi Soundararajan on the power of knowledge creation in the hands of the oppressed.
Harmonia Rosales is creating new narratives around the classic art paintings
"By creating positive works of art using black women we can begin to deconstruct our power structure."
Subverting the gendered implications of wearable tech
TELEXST aims to turn the gendered nature of wearable tech on its head.
What is the data behind #MeToo really telling us?
In her research, graduate Ellie Frymire looks beyond the tweets to delve further into what people are really saying.
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