The Library organises from 12 till 28 February a number of eye-opening activities during the Let’s Talk about Water festival.
“Water knits it all together”. Founded by Linda Lilienfeld, the Film and Water festival “Let's Talk About Water” is an annual festival that uses the power of cinema to inform and spark debate on a wide variety of topics that are connected to water. This year’s theme is: Materiality; too much, too little, too dirty.
The films, exhibitions, shows and guest speakers, will give you as a visitor the information and tools to empower you to deal, in your own way, with the important water-related topics that affect so many lives.
It’s the sixth time that the TU Delft Library participates in this festival, that matches this year’s Dies theme: Climate action. In TU Delft Library we curate, facilitate and host the following activities during the festival.
For more information on the ‘Let’s talk about Water’ festival see the brochure
Let’s talk about WasteWater
12 till 12MARCH 2019 | LOCATION: HALL LIBRARY TUDELFT
Library opening hours, see the website
The textile industry is the second biggest polluting industry in the world after the oil industry. On average 100-150 litres of water per kilogram are required in the process of colouring textiles alone. Also for the production of cotton a lot of water and pesticides are needed – time for a change! Several designers try to work towards solving the issue of how making the fashion industry fairer, cleaner and more sustainable, wasting less water and working on less polluting production-methods. Examples will be presented in the exhibition.
TU Delft Library is proud to present the ensemble worn by Prof. Louise Fresco (President of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research) on the occasion of the Opening of the Academic Year in September 2018. This ensemble highlights several circular innovations in the fashion industry. Designers Elsien Gringhuis, Aliki van der Kruijs, Ilfa Siebenaar, Luc Aarts en Iris Houthoff designed components of the ensemble. Another example of a firm sustainable approach is to repair your timeless textiles repeatedly.
Photos Fresco ensemble: Kim Poldner
Also shown is a three generation lawyers gown made of grein - a textile originally woven from goat or camel hair. The gown – independent of fashion, trends and seasons – is repaired and made available by Toga Atelier Debby Schout, an atelier that also designs the (sustainable) professor’s gowns for TU Delft and Erasmus University. During the Dutch Design Week 2018 Wille Meike Brand (Graduate Willem de Kooning Academy) showed work that provides a new function for discarded garments, not re-using the textile itself but the imprint, like a fossil.
TU Delft researchers have an impact on a more sustainable textile-treatment as well: the KAUMERA from Wastewater-project with a contribution of artist Nienke Hoogvliet that also was on display during the Dutch Design Week 2018.
Presenting better and more ecofriendly ways to make clothing
20 FEBRUARY 2019 12:30-17:00 | LOCATION: TU DELFT LIBRARY
Nila Meijvogel and Kyra Sloff students Business and Fashion, 2nd year “The focus of Zadkine Business & Fashion students is learning to apply sustainable practices to our everyday lives as much as possible. As a college and in our course, we stand up for the importance of the environment. Students are the future, so we need to be more aware of these problems. By showing people how wonderful sustainable fashion can be, we are trying to persuade people to be sustainable too. Our fashion show will mainly focus on the problems the fashion industry causes. You’ll see amazing pieces with the intention of putting the spotlight on polluted water and drought, and water being the source of life. The items shown in the fashion show are made of sustainable materials and reusable products. Think for example of all the plastic bottles we see in rivers and the oceans these days.”
Franklin Carter student Business and Fashion, 1st year
“Working on this project as a student I have learned a lot. I had little to no clue what fast fashion was doing to our world and people. After reading articles about it, I found out that the fashion industry is now the second largest generator of pollution on Earth after oil, with 300,000 tons of used clothing going to landfill in 2016 in the UK alone. Rivers are being polluted by dyeing cotton fabric. These chemical pollutants turn waterways into abnormal, anaerobic environments. Fibres like polyester and nylon are essentially made from plastic and don’t biodegrade at all. However both types of clothing will have been bleached, dyed and printed with chemicals during the production process. Once in landfill, these chemicals leach into the soil and groundwater. I’ve gained so much perspective and inspiration just by looking at my class and how they are making their ecofriendly clothing."
Sustainable Fashion show V2 - Library 2019
Photo: TU Delta
Zadkine Let's Talk About Water Sustainable Fashion Show - 20 February 2019
20 FEBRUARY 2019 17:30 LOCATION: BLUE ROOM, TU DELFT LIBRARY
Be on time! There's room for only 40 people.
RiverBlue chronicles an around-the-world river adventure, led by renowned paddler and conservationist, Mark Angelo, who ends up uncovering and documenting the dark side of the global fashion industry. He examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future. RiverBlue brings awareness to the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers through the use in manufacturing and disposal of toxic chemicals for our favorite iconic products. But will also act as a demand for significant change in the textile industry from the top fashion brands that can make a difference.
Can the creativity and energy of youth provide inspiration for the rest of us? Can fashion save the planet? Will this documentary change your clothes’ shopping behavior in the long term?
Trailer for RiverBlue