There’s work to be done
I help designers create a new status quo for a fashion industry with positive impact. We need more than just beautiful clothing — we need a creative, collaborative and sustainable future.
Mending + Making
Workshops and Activation
For brands and designers looking to engage customers/clients or employees with creativity and craft. Host a workshop where attendees will learn creative skills and techniques to keep their garments in their closets longer. From holes and stains to tired pieces looking for an update, participants will walk away with a new (old) heirloom and an understanding of the importance and sustainability of making-use. Alternatively available as an engagement and activation, participants can observe the creativity and craft unfolding right in front of them.
- Visible mending (patching, stitching and darning)
- Embroidery and hand stitching
- Natural dyeing (overdye, shibori or bundle dyeing)
- Block printing and painting
- Customize your own…
For brands and designers who are seeking an understanding of the circular economy, the systems required within it and the design principles that enable it. This class will get beyond buzzwords and dive into the new methods of practice for a circular fashion industry. Covering materials, use, end-of-life and collaboration, we’ll use real-industry examples and engaging activities to walk through a holistic view of circularity before honing in on the the tools and principles required for this work.
what you’ll learn:
- Overview of the circular economy
- Circular design principles for fashion design
- Design and systems thinking
- Concrete examples and case studies
For brands and creatives wanting personalized support for their sustainable and circular work. Whether you’re looking to figure out your first step or next step, these coaching sessions will be devoted to your personal journey and the unique barriers that your business faces in the challenge to design fashion that is positive for people, planet and profit. With a balance of creativity and systems-thinking, I’ll be your guide through the ideas, information and network you need to have a positive impact.
what we’ll solve:
- Sustainability vision and strategy
- Circular design principles and systems
- Sustainable materials
- Pre and post-consumer waste
- Take-back and re-use
For academia and industry seeking a professional to share stories, advice and design-thinking that inspires and educates about the future of the fashion industry. With a unique background in fashion sustainability and circular design, I have shared my insights and moderated panels at conferences, workshops, academic summits and as a guest in classrooms. As a practitioner and expert with endless passion, my aim is to educate about the complex systems of fashion while inspiring collaboration and disrupting the status quo.
what I’ll share:
- Fashion design as system design
- Circular design principles and philosophy
- Sustainable fashion strategies
- EILEEN FISHER re-use design experience
From systems to strategies, Teslin has a holistic approach to sustainability. As a creative entrepreneur and design strategist her acumen of materials and processes is rooted both in what is beautiful and what is scalable. Teslin’s approach to problem solving includes looking at challenges from a 360 view and zooming in on areas for opportunity to make tangible impact.
Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education + Business Development
Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
Teslin is a bright light for the future of sustainability. A systems thinker – she’s always thinking big picture. She was an invaluable sustainability resource to my team in many capacities and is an excellent project manager. She is thoughtful, organized and turns ideas into action – if I needed to get something done, I’d ask Teslin.