Alexi Freeman

Alexi Freeman is an interdisciplinary artist, fashion & textile designer who juxtaposes speculative ideas with artisanal, biological and technological methodologies. Freeman has developed over twenty critically acclaimed collections of hybrid textile artefacts that caress the parameters of contemporary art, fashion, jewellery and textile design.

To address concerns regarding the environmental impacts of these artefacts, he sought to develop methods of producing textiles in a more sustainable way. Through the provision of an RTP Stipend Scholarship, Freeman completed a Masters by Research at RMIT University. Situated within the field of biodesign, he interrogated the potential of microorganisms as eco-analogues for the textile industry. Recent exhibitions include: “Life & Death”, Meat Market (NGV Melbourne Design Week); “Play”, Design Tasmania (Mona Foma); “Future U”, RMIT Gallery and presentations in numerous public forums including Raw Assembly and MPavilion. Freeman’s future provocations include photosynthesising biodegradable activewear, and eveningwear that proposes to harvest renewable energy via infrared radiation.

While a shift towards more responsible modes of engaging with material objects needs to be holistically embedded across all levels of design, use and disposal, I strongly believe design has an integral role in reducing the ecological impact of consumerism.

/ Alexi Freeman

Talking material practice with Alexi Freeman