The Cutting Circle – Risk and Fashion Design at Massey University this July

The Cutting Circle is an international research initiative by leading fashion practitioners Timo Rissanen (Parsons), Julian Roberts (RCA) and Holly McQuillan (Massey) exploring new and innovative methods of cutting patterns in the context of risky, cutting edge sustainable fashion design practice, research and teaching.

As part of this project is a 3 day symposium on offer for 14-16 July 2011 at Massey University, College of Creative Arts, Wellington, New Zealand, featuring practical masterclasses, demonstrations and lectures exploring creative risk-taking for innovative garment design.

Participants will gain an understanding of the approaches, philosophies and techniques for: Subtraction Cutting, Zero Waste Fashion Design, and Drape for Fashion Design.

This course would appeal to anyone who has an interest in fashion/textiles and alternative design processes. Some understanding of basic sewing and/or pattern making process is required.

As well as a series of demonstrations and workshops, there are two public event (no sewing skills necessary!):

Public Lecture:Thursday 14/07: 7pm – 8pm in 10A02  

Julian Roberts (UK), Timo Rissanen (US/Aust/Finland) and Holly McQuillan (NZ) will discuss their ongoing research project The Cutting Circle.

Exhibition: Saturday 16/07: 5pm – 8pm in The Dressing Room

More information about this event can be found at

Venue: All events are held in the Museum Building (Block 10) in Massey University College of Creative Arts Wellington.

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