SDE students will work with two local experts in textiles and clothing: Emily Smith, co-founder of Vancouver Maker Faire and founder of Fibreshed, and Stephanie Ostler, founder and CEO of Devil May Wear. With guidance from these experts, students will examine how to reshape the local textile community, how to bring together local textile entrepreneurs, and how to create an ecosystem of local opportunities and environmentally responsible products.
“Something like one in six people worldwide works in fashion and textiles,” says Ostler. “The industry is the second-largest user of freshwater in the world, it's one of the largest-polluting industries, and everybody engages with textiles every day—whether by standing on a carpet or wearing clothing. There is such a broad scope of different problems and there are so many things you can solve. If you want to change the world, there are countless ways you can do it.”