Emily Smith, BOD Instructor for Fall 2019
Stephanie Ostler, BOD Instructor for Fall 2019

THE FALL 2019 COHORT IS NOW FULL. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER.

Business of Design (BoD) 2019-2020 you will reimagine and lay the foundations for a local, sustainable textile industry in Vancouver.

BoD students will work under the guidance of two local experts in textiles and clothing - Emily Smith (co-founder of Vancouver MiniMaker Faire and founder of Fibreshed) and Stephanie Ostler (founder and CEO of Devil May Wear) to reignite the local textile community, and create and bring together textile entrepreneurs to support one another as they create an ecosystem of local opportunities and environmentally responsible products.

The four BoD 2019-2020 courses will each deal with different aspects of recreating the textile industry in Vancouver:

1)    In IAT330 (Fall 2019), you will work as a team to come up with a single solution that will “kickstart” the textile revolution in Vancouver. You will work with Emily and Stephanie to fully understand how the problem developed. You will connect with local designers to understand issues in the industry and the market, producers’ and consumers’ needs, and how to balance these with the economic and sustainability crises we are facing; and to imagine and implement a single intervention that could form the necessary basis for the rekindling of the industry.

2)    In BUS339 (Spring 2020), you will work in multiple teams over the semester to ideate, prototype and iterate on various venture ideas that would connect to and form part of a local, sustainable textile ecosystem.

3)    In IAT440 and BUS476 (Summer 2020), you will work in teams to take to market your local, sustainable textile-based ventures. You will launch your ventures publicly at a local, textile-focused fair in which key members of the ecosystem will participate.

***BoD 2019-2020 is being co-offered by SFU and Emily Carr University of Art & Design; and SFU and ECUAD students will work together to recreate a sustainable textile ecosystem!!!***

If you want to participate in this ONE-OFF opportunity, email the instructors, addressing your application to both Emily Smith and Stephanie Ostler (sfu-bod@sfu.ca) TODAY. Spaces are limited!

THE FALL 2019 COHORT IS NOW FULL. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER.