Circular Cultures: Design, Fashion, Crafts - Day 1

Free Admission | February 27, 2020 Registrations period has ended.

Circular Cultures: Design, Fashion, Crafts - Day 1

Thursday, 27 February

The circular economy is the hottest topic for industries across the world right now. New recycled and recyclable materials provide us with novel ways to reduce waste and virgin resource use. But how can these materials improve quality of life for everyone? What do designers and businesses have to do differently to become circular?

The first day of Circular Cultures: Design, Fashion, Crafts we will have the opportunity to explore state-of-the-art practices in all things circular, through a series of keynote speeches, panel discussions and showcases of innovative materials and practices.

Specialists on the subject will introduce us to sustainable design, innovation and new materials for the emerging circular economy, looking at: new directions for natural and synthetics and mixed materials; how the archive enables us to see the future by looking closely at the past; new models for creative ventures, production and manufacture, social and business; and what changes lie ahead for people as we move into more circular contexts – the designers, businesses, educators, users, policy-makers who will all play a role.

The Circular Cultures programme, hosted at Onassis Stegi, is an integral part of the broader collaboration between Onassis Foundation and the British Council initiated with Crafting the Future in 2019 and aiming at the development of an ongoing and action-oriented public space for ethical crafts, circular design and fashion sustainability.

A drinks reception will follow the talks program, as well as the Tactile Circular Pop Up! Showcase, a tactile and interactive textiles and materials table top installation which includes work by the conference’s guest speakers.

Parallel Video Art Exhibition “Earth Chronicles”

In the context of the conference we are presenting the exhibition Earth Chronicles, a series of videos from Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative’s (PCAI) collection, curated by Kika Kyriakakou, Artistic Director, PCAI Residency.


Detailed Agenda

09:30-10:30 Registrations

10:30-11:50 Thank you Notes

11:50-11:05 Opening Remarks

Rebecca Earley, Professor of Sustainable Fashion Textile Design and co-founder of Centre for Circular Design, University of the Arts London (UAL)

11:05-12:05 Materials: Industry & Production Systems [keynotes and Q&A]

The Future of Bio Design: A Film 

Carole Collet, Professor in Design for Sustainable Futures at Central Saint   Martins, UAL

Natural & Synthetic Materials (& everything in between) 

Dr. Kate Goldsworthy, Designer Co-Director of the Centre for Circular Design

We Are Not Materialistic Enough 

Seetal Solanki, Materials designer, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er


12:05-12:40 Coffee Break

12:40-13:40 Models: Cultural & Historic Systems [keynotes and Q&A]

The Museum: preserver of the past, doorway to the future 

Edwina Ehrman, Senior Curator of Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum

The Circular Design Programme at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation 

Joe Iles, Circular Design Programme Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Redesigning the world around us: Eating the Goober 

Vicky Moudilou, Fashion Designer, Artist & Financial Analyst, Co-owner of the brand Eating the Goober


13:50-14:45 Mindsets: Personal Value Systems [keynotes and Q&A]

Remaking Meaning: Working with people & waste

Nick Gant, Designer, Research mentor at the University of Brighton

Changing Behaviours: Love Not Landfill 

Hannah Carter, Communications and Campaigns Officer at London Waste & Recycling Board

New Thinking at Topodom 

Zoe Angelakopoulou, Architect and Designer, Founder of Topodom


14:45-15:30 Lunch Break

15:30-16:05 Panel Discussion [moderated by Rebecca Earley]

Vicky Moudilou, Eating the Goober

Zoe Angelakopoulou, Topodom

Joe Iles, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Nick Gant, Community 21

Kate Goldsworthy, Centre for Circular Design, University of the Arts London (UAL)

16:05-16:30 Panel Discussion [moderated by Rebecca Earley]

Marco Rendina, European Fashion Heritage Association

Edwina Ehrman, Victoria & Albert Museum

Seetal Solanki, Ma-tt-er

16:30-16:45 Conclusions

17:30- 19.00 Networking Session & Tactile Circular Pop Up!

17:30- 19.00 Parallel Video Art Exhibition “Earth Chronicles”




10:30-16:45 | Talks

Venue: Onassis Stegi Upper Stage

17:30- 19.00 | Networking Session & Tactile Circular Pop Up!

Venue: Onassis Stegi

17:30- 19.00 | Parallel Video Art Exhibition “Earth Chronicles”

Venue: Onassis Stegi


Language: English with simultaneous interpetation

More information at:


Curated by:

British Council Greece: Maria Papaioannou

Onassis Culture: Prodromos Tsiavos

Centre for Circular Design: Rebecca Earley


Co-produced by:

British Council Greece

Onassis Culture


Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:30 AM


Onassis Stegi
Andrea Siggrou Avenue 107
117 45 Athens
Attica, Greece

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