Panel Discussion: 2%—The Poetics of Scrap

Christina Kim, "Scraps" designer and founder of Dosa, and Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability, Parsons School of Design

Christina Kim, Scraps designer and founder of Los Angeles–based fashion brand Dosa, and Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability at the Parsons School of Design, discuss the challenges and rewards of designing sustainable clothing and housewares with two percent waste or less. Camille Ann Brewer, curator of contemporary art, will moderate the conversation.

Fee: $10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.

About the Designers

Christina Kim’s fashion brand, Dosa, uses a system-wide approach to reuse and recycling, including using cutting-room waste to create new products. She draws on traditional, handcrafted and labor-intensive textile practices around the world, particularly India and Oaxaca, working with local artisans and engaging them in long-term collaborations. Widely recognized for her global and sustainable design practices, Kim was named by Time magazine as one of its Innovators of the Year in 2003 and received the “Innovation in Craft” Award by Aid to Artisans in 2006.

Timo Rissanen trained as a fashion designer at the University of Technology, Sydney, in Australia, with a practice-based PhD on zero-waste fashion design. As an artist he focuses on the (in)humanity of labor, politics, and love through installation, performance, and cross-stitched poetry. He co-published two books on fashion and sustainability, with Alison Gwilt and with Holly McQuillan, and has served as assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability at Parsons School of Design since 2010.