It's been a whirlwind of a journey over the last 7 days; not only has the blog reached more readers than I ever expected possible but I also found out about the work of Fashion Revolution.
So, as it's currently Fashion Revolution Week (FRW), I made a pledge to attend as many events as possible, and as we're just over halfway through... here's the first blog about it!
We were delighted to get a last minute invite to Lydia Higginson's opening night of her new business, Threadworks.
Lydia had been Crowdfunding to get Threadworks off the ground for a while, and had finally reached her target last week (so it was time to celebrate!).
This means that Lydia has been able to transform her loft in Clerkenwell, London, into a fully equipped textiles studio. The plan is to create a community of artists and designers who have a monthly membership to use the studio, as well as providing workshops at the weekend.
The night began at 7pm with a sewing workshop. This really highlighted how I need to ramp up my skills! I can mend a rip in some jeans, or sew a button onto a shirt but that's about as far as it goes... Lydia, I will be signing up to some workshops as soon as you have space!!
At 8pm, I was excited to see a panel of some people I absolutely admire:
- Lydia Higginson - seamstress and founder of Threadworks;
- Susanna Wen - Head of Design at Birdsong;
- Heather Knight - Head of Branding, Design & Communications at Fashion Revolution; and
- Henrietta Adams - founder of Henri.
The topic was sustainable fashion, but it was also great to hear the panellist's opinions and experiences of what they have come up against in the fashion industry day to day.
One of the main components I think we seem to forget about is understanding the whole 'life-cycle' of a product, especially what happens when we're 'done' with the item. We need to put more pressure on our Government to get brands to take more responsibility.
I've spent so long focusing on where the fabric comes from, where the product is made and how fairly paid everyone is, that I had put aside what happens when the product becomes unusable.
Lydia has inspired me to take a good look at my wardrobe, and really assess what I have and what I actually need. And for those items that have a hole, or a tear to re-purpose them. I would love to say I'll start making my own clothes, but I know I'll need a few courses with Threadworks before I can even contemplate that it's even possible!
Thank-you Lydia for a great night, and I hope to see you very soon!
Jemma (& Sam)