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In advance of FIELD by BANDALOOP, Flux Projects presents a public conversation with sustainability strategist Catherine Bottrill to amplify some of the larger ecological issues in the textile and fashion industry that have influenced and informed how FIELD was developed.

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This fall (October 1- 3) Flux Projects is excited to present the world premiere of FIELD by BANDALOOP. Known around the world for its vertical artistry and activism, BANDALOOP celebrates the human spirit, nature, and communities through dance while using climbing technology to expand and challenge what is possible.

Directed by Melecio Estrella, BANDALOOP’s FIELD is a large-scale, free, outdoor public vertical dance theater piece that deepens and challenges our perspective on the ancestry, art, and industry of textiles. FIELD brings together a collective of performing artists, regenerative textile artists, a sustainability strategist, and creative riggers to turn an urban wall into a performance space, interlacing ancestral weaving mythologies and traditional techniques of fabric creation with expressions of the ecological and social impacts of a globalized textile industry.

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About Catherine Bottrill

Catherine has 20 years’ experience working in environmental sustainability and climate action. Catherine works with businesses to address their direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Catherine works closely with Julie’s Bicycle, a charity empowering the creative industries to take climate action. She has worked with 100s of creative organisations embed green practices to credibly and confidently engage with their audiences on the climate and ecological emergency. Catherine co-authored Fashion and the Environment white paper for the British Fashion Council, which explored what needs to be done to transform fashion to a sustainable industry. Catherine is founder of Pilio, a climate and biodiversity innovation company spun-out of the University of Oxford, UK. Pilio is developing a net zero and nature positive cotton scheme in Pakistan. In 2021, we ran a pilot village project to grow natural-coloured cotton, set-up a women led agroforestry enterprise and solar shop. The project is being expanded in 2022 to link fashion brands to cotton growers. Catherine holds a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University School of the Environment. Catherine was named on Open Data Institute’s 2019 Women Entrepreneur Longlist.

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