• Designing agile digital manufacturing tools and systems for UK micro garment factories

Postlethwaite, Susan, 2021, Conference or Workshop, Designing agile digital manufacturing tools and systems for UK micro garment factories at Responsible Fashion Series Can fashion save the world?, Antwerp, Belgium, 20-22 Oct 2021.

Abstract or Description:

This position paper will chart the development of recent UK government policy which is focused on digitally enhanced manufacturing and reshoring in the UK . I will develop themes for policy interventions for fashion manufacturing which, as an industry, has largely been ignored by the UK government. I will examine the new industrial strategy, reshoring , micro prototyping factories and the development of robotics, cobots and agile manufacturing microsystems with a focus on modernising UK fashion manufacture to enable producing and consuming less. I will show how the application of existing policies to fashion manufacture could address the future of meaningful work, upskilling of workforces, localism and place-based manufacture, innovations in infrastructure and the design of new forms of tooling . These insights are the result of my Policy Fellowship with the Royal Academy of Engineering, my role as Co-Investigator on the 5-year AHRC funded Creative Clusters Project, Future Fashion Factory, and the micro projects developed therein, my engagement with the Creative Clusters Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) and my role as Senior Tutor (Research) in the Fashion Programme at the Royal College of Art, London.

Official URL: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/conferences/responsib...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
School or Centre: School of Design
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 10:03
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2021 13:24
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4819
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