Watch a series of talks exploring "planet-saving" solutions using crafts

Dezeen teamed up with The Mills Fabrica to livestream a series of talks presenting future-facing climate solutions using crafts during London Craft Week. You can watch the stream back above.

Called Planet-Saving Innovations, the one-day event featured a programme of keynotes, panels and talks where industry leaders explored the role of crafts and design in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Bella Hadid in Coperni's spray-on dress
Manel Torres, inventor of the technology behind the Coperni spray-on dress, is a speaker. Photo is courtesy of Coperni

The event featured presentations from leaders in sustainable fashion, including Manel Torres, who invented the technology behind the viral spray-on Coperni dress modelled by Bella Hadid at Paris Fashion Week in 2022.

Other speakers included sustainable business specialist Hannah Carey from Farfetch; Lauren Bartley, sustainability director at Ganni; and Louisa Tholstrup from the Earthshot Prize, an annual awards programme founded by David Attenborough and Prince William.

Close up of red textile made from biomaterials
The talks will explore innovations in craft that mitigate the impact of climate change

The event was hosted by The Mills Fabrica, an innovation platform created to support tech and lifestyle companies in adopting more sustainable approaches.

The discussion took place at The Mills Fabrica's London concept store named Fabrica X, which features a selection of innovative fashion tech products and sustainable designs.

The event will take place at The Mills Fabrica in King's Cross

Fabrica X is also hosting an exhibition on biomaterials highlighting heritage techniques as well as new forms of craftsmanship created by scientists and biodesigners.

A series of workshops are also taking place in the venue, including screen-printing sessions using bacterial dyeing technology, as well as bio-embellishment and embroidery workshops creating sequins from seaweed.

Textile jacket with vibrant patterns and pastel colours
The series of talks take place as part of London Craft Week

The event took place as part of London Craft Week, which brings together creatives in a citywide programme of talks, exhibitions, product launches and immersive experiences celebrating craft.

London Craft Week takes place from 8–14 May 2023. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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