Kalopsia was established in 2012 by British / Swedish duo, Robertson & Falk. Kalopsia began as a Textiles and design organisation to challenge the way textiles was seen and began everything by asking the question 'What is Textiles?'. Today, Kalopsia operates as a Social Enterprise in Edinburgh’s busy creative and cultural port, Leith, with the aim to batch manufacture textiles products more ethically and sustainably in Britain.
Kalopsia got shortlisted for Manufacturer of the year 2018 at The Scottish Business Insider "Made in Scotland Awards" which recognises and rewards innovative companies that have found success both domestically and internationally.
In 2013 Kalopsia opened up the "Kalopsia Gallery" which was designed to showcase the work of local and international creators. Located in Ocean Terminal - a shopping centre in Edinburgh - the gallery aimed to start a conversation about the use of textiles within conceptual art.
After working with "Zero Waste Scotland", Kalopsia set up 'The Facility' in 2015, to provide a space for creative organisations and individuals to connect, collaborate and innovate. The Facility space was located in a former commercial unit where it provided studios, a gallery, shop and a textiles production space.
Projects and Partnerships
Below is a selection of Kalopsia's key partnerships and projects over the last few years.
Kalopsia are proud to award the Associate Prize at New Designers where prestigious awards are given to the year’s most talented graduate designer.
In 2017 the award went to Amelia Ellwood for her extensive body of work and a great use of creativity, form and the use of classic colour palettes and modern structures.
Project partner: Glasgow School of Art
Taking waste and adding value through design.
Kalopsia were pleased to collaborate as industry partners with Glasgow School of Art as part of their Remantle and Make project. This project was funded and led by the Royal College of Art and explored the role of maker spacers in the redistribution of manufacturing.
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CIRCULAR ECONOMY - Making things last
Project Partner: Zero Waste Scotland
Kalopsia were proud to host the launch of Scottish Government’s new circular economy strategy - Making Things and were joined in this celebration by EU Environmental Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Environmental Secretary Richard Lochhead.
TEXTILES FEASIBILITY STUDY
Project Partner: Zero Waste Scotland
Working with Zero Waste Scotland, Kalopsia contributed to a feasibility study that looked at waste incurred through manufacturing within the textiles industry.
Project Partner: Circus Female Intelligentsia
Kalopsia partnered with the Canadian Director Marie-Andree Robitaille to create a collection of costumes for the international female circus troop in Stockholm, Sweden.
Kalopsia is proud member of Leith Rotary.
Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired people who translate their passions into relevant social causes, to change lives in communities.
Looking for an un-paid internship/work experience as part of your university experience?
Kalopsia can offer either a 2 weeks or up to 6 months un-paid work placement for anyone in the textile and/or fashion field looking to gain more experience.
With us you will be “shadowing” the team and learn about the different processes, production, costing and sustainability all of which can be of great benefit to anyone looking to further their career in the industry.
Past work placements from Universities such as Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt University, NUA, Nottingham Trent University and KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
- Time and date wishing to start and finish your placement as well as days and time of the week
- Experience in the field such as pattern cutting, industrial machinery including lockstitch, overlocker, coverstitch
- Other areas you are looking to expand on such as ethical practices, sustainable options and solutions etc
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO
ALI GLANVILLE JONES
ZERO WASTE SCOTLAND
NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
BEFAB BE CREATIVE
SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
And a BIG thanks to all our interns and volunteers
Janie Malkie Bland