The Art and Politics of Fashion Upcycling:
A Webinar with Ophir El-Boher
Ophir El-Boher is an apparel designer, studio artist, social activist, and scholar originally from The Negev Desert, Israel. She currently lives in Oregon, where she earned her MFA in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Inspired by natural and cultural processes, Ophir conceptualizes ways to disrupt the fashion system through her design work, such as her book Patterning, which features upcycled items that can serve as models for fashion hackers. She currently teaches courses in sustainable fashion and upcycling through PNCA's Community Education program.
You can view an edited version of the webinar here for free!
Topics discussed include:
- Ophir's history as a designer working primarily with upcycled materials
- A definition of upcycling (as opposed to recycling, downcycling)
- An overview of the history of upcycling and where it fits into the current global fashion economy
- Thoughts on where it's headed in the future