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Sewing Fashion Futures: Panel Discussion

  • Calgary Central Library 800 3 Street Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G Canada (map)

Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Moderated by Nash Chaparro


Today’s interest in sustainable clothing is undergoing a global movement, fueled by a growing awareness of the harmful by-products of fast-fashion, and a greater understanding of the environmental issues relating to textile production. A new generation of environmentally conscious designers and businesses are exploring the use of sustainable design while re-examining regional production, often within the context of a “DIY” approach to life and work. Sewing Fashion Futures examines these new trends and how these three designers are incorporating sustainability into their products and workshops.


  • Irene Rasetti is a Calgary-based designer and textile artist practicing ethical ways of garment making. Rasetti creates clothing and accessories using natural dying processes. Visit her website here:

  • Cheryl Arkison is a writer, educator and a maker of quilts. She instructs quilting workshops around Alberta and internationally. Learn more about Cheryl on her website:

  • Anneke Forbes is a local designer who creates ready-to-wear jackets and coats for women. She uses natural fabrics and classic designs to create her pieces. You can find her studio at cSPACE King Edward. You can view her creations here:

Event Sponsors:

Fashion Revolution YYC would like to thank Lukes Drug Mart for providing the food and drinks.

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