Kalopsia was established in 2012 by British / Swedish duo, Robertson & Falk.
Kalopsia began as a Textiles and design collective, running exhibitions around Europe that challenged the way textiles were seen. They began by asking the question 'What is Textiles?' and used this to underpin everything that they have created since.
Today, Kalopsia Collective is an award-winning Textiles manufacturer operating as a Social Enterprise in Edinburgh’s busy creative and cultural port, Leith, with the aim to batch manufacture textile products more ethically and sustainably.
Kalopsia has been industry partners in sustainability projects, run feasibility pilots for a Government environmental agency, designed costumes for international performance groups and major TV and Film projects. Also constructing murals for community and public spaces and been the manufacturer of product for large international clients.
Having undergone business training from Entrepreneurial Spark, SSE (Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme), Starter-for-6, Kalopsia has been able to established itself as not only a forward thinking creative business but also as a Social Enterprise. Capable of competing against more traditional businesses. It is our hope that our platform can become a source of inspiration for any individual, company or organisation working in the field.
AWARDs & nominations
Kalopsia has been shortlisted for a variety of awards across the UK such as “Ethical - Green Business of the Year”, “Commercial business of the year” and the “Social Entrepreneur Award”.
In 2019 Kalopsia received the award for “Manufacturer of the year” at The Scottish Business Insider "Made in Scotland Awards" which recognises and rewards innovative companies that have found success both domestically and internationally.
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 textiles 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.
In 2018 the award went to Kitty Lambton for her use of colour and analogue printing techniques to create authentic textures.
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 Last” 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.
British Antarctic Survey - SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS IN PERFORMANCE CLOTHING
British Antarctic Survey is hosting an event at its Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge to bring together thought leaders from the performance clothing industry, academia, and the entrepreneurial landscape to discuss Sustainable Innovations in Performance Clothing.
Every year since 2015, Kalopsia has been taking part in "Fashion Revolution week", highlighting our aims and challenges, in regards to the Textiles and Fashion industry. Kalopsia is during this week also raising awareness of our working conditions, industry practises and fibre choices. All with the aim to improve working rights, economic sustainability and environmental impacts.
Further Textiles innovation projects
In 2013 Kalopsia opened up the "Kalopsia Gallery" which was designed to showcase the work of local and international creators. Te 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.
TALKS AND LECTURE
Members of the Kalopsia team have made numerous appearances, talking about a variety of topics from environmental impact and sustainability to print design and pattern constructions.
Previous appearances include;
Glasgow School of Art
Norwich University of the Arts
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Queen Margaret University
Edinburgh College of Art
Cambridge Antarctic Survey
If you would like to book a member of the team to speak at an event or university, please contact us at email@example.com
press and features
European Commission - “The circular economy – an investment with a triple win”
The Scotsman - “Leith textiles venture stitches together growth plan”
Insider - Winner makes waves at our Made in Scotland Awards
Edinburgh Reporter - “Leith social enterprise named in dozen ‘most exceptional’ businesses in the UK”
BQ Live - “Textiles manufacturer expands, creating new jobs”
ZWS - “New Leith business makes ‘seamless transition’ to sustainability”
Make it British - “Kalopsia Collective Small Batch Manufacturing”
ZWS - “Zero Waste Scotland welcomes bold new targets on food waste and circular economy”
Textiles Scotland - “Textiles feature”
WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO
ALI GLANVILLE JONES
ZERO WASTE SCOTLAND
NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
BEFAB BE CREATIVE
SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL
And a BIG thanks to all our interns and volunteers