The Think Act Vote and Komodo Eco T-shirt Design Competition was judged by an inspiring and exciting panel.
Katharine Hamnett – voted number 1 ethical hero (New Consumer magazine) and Queen Of Green (Vogue)
Katharine has been in the fashion industry for 40 years, an influential British fashion designer. Katharine exploited her mass media attention, infamously using slogan t shirts to promote social, environmental and political issues, CHOOSE LIFE, WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR BAN NOW, and CLEAN UP AND DIE to name a few.
Katharine Hamnett has been campaigning since 1989 for the clothing and textile insustry to clean up its act, and has pioneered the use of organic cotton and the benefits for cotton farmers to convert from conventional to organic cotton farming for their health, wealth and future. She has also raised awareness of workers in the clothing industry, working in conditions tantamount to slavery. She promotes consumer power. Her plight is to prove that fashion can be sexy and sophisticated but incidentally ethical and environmental.
“Thousands of people have died and are dying all over the world for the right to vote. It is one of our most precious possessions. Use it before we loose it.”
Daisy de Villeneuve
Illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve has had her finger on the fashion pulse since she can remember. Since the launch of her first book in 2001, she has worked with brands and organsiations such as Moët & Chandon, Browns, Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Fashion Council and Transport for London. Her work has been exhibited around the world and she has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Liberty and the launch of her new label D de V London..
“Think Act Vote is a fantastic way to encourage young people to get voting – if you don’t vote then you can’t complain about the result!”
Cyndi Rhoades has been named one of the Courvoisier ‘Future 500 stars’ in the Observer, featured as an ‘anti-preneur’ in the Sunday Times, chosen as a ‘Force for Good Pioneer’ by Tomorrow’s Company and is a Make Your Mark Ambassador.
Cyndi is the founder and CEO of Worn Again, a London-based products and services company that provides sustainable solutions for corporate textile waste by ‘upcycling’ reusable materials into new, design-led products for large brands.
Cyndi is also the founder of sustainable lifestyles organization, Anti-Apathy, and a co-founder of RE:Fashion, the world’s first ethical fashion awards.
“After years of developing different platforms for engaging people in key issues at Anti-Apathy, it’s great to see how fresh initiatives like Think Act Vote are encouraging new audiences to get involved, be creative and take a proactive stance towards making positive change happen.”
Joe Komodo was an 80’s teenage backpacker who returned to London more lost than found. He began his business in Camden Market selling souvenirs of his Asian travels. The Komodo label soon evolved into an international fashion brand pioneering the development of eco and fair trade clothing.
Komodo created the iconic John Peel t-shirt for Glastonbury Festival 2009.
Joe Komodo says… “Vote for democracy – you’ve got to be in it to win it !”
Peter’s career spans advertising, karaoke and art. Projects include Will&Testament, a show of artists over the age of 80 in Soho Square gardens (with a junior category for those in their 70s), creating the world’s first design-led karaoke machine for Martha Lane Fox’s Lucky Voice business, and the social-mischief-promoting Fifty Quid Danger Fund.
‘Anything to connect meaningful issues with voting in people’s minds. And there are few things as democratic as the t-shirt.’
Immersed in sustainable fashion since 1996 Jocelyn is a consultant and also runs Element23 an ethical fashion agency which she founded in 2005. Working closely with designers and ‘pioneers’ across the industry her focus is on highlighting great quality brands and unraveling the many aspects of environmental and social justice issues throughout fashion and textile supply chains.
“Think Act Vote is a great initiative based on three seemingly obvious factors that I feel are sometimes much under used, not only in regards to fashion!”
Amisha founded Think Act Vote to encourage a community around the choices we make for our future. With a background in Politics, having worked both for NGOs and in parliament, she saw the opportunity to link political engagement with the work being done in the ethical fashion industry.
Jewellery designer Amisha founded her label with a conscience in 2006. With the tagline ‘elegance.rebellion’ her work has been featured in publications including Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia and seeks to remind you that some things are worth treasuring.
Amisha feels that sustainability within fashion is a necessity, and something that will be incorporated into all design in the future. Her role as Associate Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum allows her to promote and support the sustainable fashion movement.
“Think Act Vote was created as a way to inspire you to THINK about what change we need, ACT on what you believe in, and consider how you use your VOTE . “