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Using Art to Build a Sustainable World

with Wilson Oryema

Meet Wilson Oryema – poet, curator and activist. He is an advocate of a more sustainable fashion industry, and uses his voice to inspire a whole new generation of people to think differently about the impacts they can make.


Wilson is a Co-Founder of Regenerative Futures, a Social Change Initiative, and Surface Tension, a platform centred around realising the positive potential of materials (more info below). He also explores his interests through various mediums, including, text, image, film, and more. This includes the recent documentary “How Toxic Are My Clothes?”. As well as, his books of poetry on the topic, “WAIT” and “haha”.

Wilson’s first book of poetry, titled Wait, explores consumerism, contemporary culture and waste. It sprang from an art show he held in a London gallery, after he interned for his photographer friend Harley Weir.

Harley Weir & Wilson Oryema’s show Rubbish_1 at Soft Opening in 2018. More info here.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino – There is a passage about a city of trash which inspired Wilson to write poetry.

Regenerative Futures

A social change initiative who wants to bridge the inter-generational gap through communication and collaboration.

How Toxic Are My Clothes – Documentary by Wilson
Surface Tension

Surface Tension is a new digital exhibition which looks at the potential of new materials to positively affect the human body. Co-curated by researcher and designer Rosie Broadhead and writer & artist Wilson OryemaSurface Tension argues that technological advancements in clothing design shouldn’t just turn us into cyborgs, but proposes that the future of wearable tech is holistic. Both Wilson and Rosie believe that clothing need not be used simply for protection or decoration, but could be an important factor in influencing what goes on within our bodies.

For more information on Wilson Oryema, here.