October 29, 2009 by amucklow
The Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs – 2009 Striding Out are searching for talented young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009
The definition of responsible business, is one which demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success. The future of our world is in the hands of individuals who are committed to generating commercial and ethical returns.
The Future 100 Winners are provided with
networking opportunities with public, private and third sector representatives
media and PR training to help raise their profile
business coaching, training and professional mentoring support where possible.
Striding Out is being supported by Business in the Community and the Media Trust to deliver these opportunities.
The 2009 Winners will be invited to an exclusive celebration party on Social Enterprise Day – Thursday 19th November, with invited guests from the private and public sector.
October 27, 2009 by amucklow
Check out this great competition which could see your design being sold in Beyond the Valley. Design a laser cut/engraved Christmas card to sell in store – all the production and material costs are covered and you keep the profit. See here for more details.
The Wool Pack – A Six week knitting club at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Wednesday evenings starting 28th October
This new club at the FTM is aimed at those who have little or no knitting experience but who have always wanted to learn the lovely art of knitting.
Taught in a relaxed environment you will learn the basic techniques and stitches required to knit. Once you have mastered the basics you will put them into practice on a class project which will mean you have a finished article at the end of the course.
Needles and yarns are supplied for use in the first class. Participants will need to acquire their own needles and yarns for the following classes and projects.
28th October – 2nd December 2009
6.30 – 9pm
For further information and bookings phone 020 7407 8664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – or book online from here.
October 26, 2009 by amucklow
West Country based clothes swap website Posh-swaps.com is hosting its first Posh Swaps clothes swap party in Bath on 24th November and it looks to be a really fun and eco friendly girl’s night out, for the ultimate guilt free alternative to shopping.
The party takes place at the Guildhall in Bath and offers swappers the chance to refresh their wardrobe and try out a new look. As well as the chance to get a stylish new outfit, the swap will also have a fashion and beauty market, a personal stylist on hand to give a few tips, wine and goody bags.
Clothes swap parties have become hugely popular recently with shoppers becoming more aware of the environmental impact and ethical issues surrounding the clothes that they wear. The recession has also played a part in the clothes swapping phenomena, with consumers no longer having the money to constantly update their wardrobe.
Director of Heathcote Communications and founder of Posh-swaps.com, Ceri Heathcote said “We wanted to create a place where people could find affordable and sustainable clothing. Looking stylish is not about following the latest fashions; it is about wearing quality clothes to suit the wearer’s lifestyle, personality, colouring and body shape. These clothes make people look and feel great without the guilt of causing unnecessary environmental damage. Clothes swapping is the ultimate guilt free alternative to shopping. The Posh Swaps clothes swapping parties will also give swappers the chance to relax, get some style advice from a personal stylist and have a frugal but fun night out Tickets cost £10 in advance including a glass of wine and goody bag and are available from here.
When? 24th November 2009 7.00 -9.30pm
Where? Brunswick Room, Guild Hall, Bath
How? Just bring along 3 items of clothing that someone else would be delighted to own
Why? It’s fun, it’s frugal and it’s eco friendly, plus a great chance to refresh your wardrobe!
Cost? £10 in advance, £12 on the nightincluding…
entrance to the swap party and our fashion and beauty market
a glass of wine and nibbles
the chance for one lucky person to be styled by Personal Stylist, Emma McDonnell of Style to Wear
a reusable goody bag with fashion and beauty goodies
Why not arrange a girls or work night out? Buy 5 tickets in advance and get the 6th Ticket free!
For further information and to buy tickets visit the posh-swaps website.
October 23, 2009 by amucklow
David Miliband thinks so, so The Times reports. He was opening of an exhibition at the Science Museum in London, about Climate Change called Prove It.
The New Economics Foundation is curating an all day event tomorrow in LONDON. The Bigger Picture: Festival of Interdependence is a free interactive, living exhibition staged in the dramatic setting of the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank
There is so much going on – see more details here.
October 21, 2009 by amucklow
The latest report from Labour Behind the Label project Let’s Clean Up Fashion is now out. It makes depressing, yet interesting reading.
War on Want have launched their petition Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops so sign that and get involved to change the fashion industry we all (nearly) take part in.
The start of the new term brings a new cohort of students on the MA Fashion and the Environment. One of the first things we did was hotfoot it down to the SHOWstudio exhibition at Somerset Set House, London.
The exhibition is on until 20th December.
Here’s a review from Julia Faye Roebuck, a student on the MA programme:
As Fashion Week and the Design Festival hit London, so did the opening of SHOWStudio Fashion Revolution. As well as providing the new base for London Fashion Week, Somerset House is also the venue for the temporary exhibition.
SHOWStudio is a website and blog platform established by fashion photographer Nick Knight that aims to ‘demystify the creative process’. Opening the virtual doors to The Studio, a mostly hidden world, provides an insight into concept developments, mistakes and inspiring moments that precede the ubiquitous polished fashion image.
The diversity of projects documented within the unique SHOWstudio frame are regularly uploaded by an industry network of contributors and collaborators. Viewers are able to voice their opinions and interact with the website content, blurring the divide between ‘viewer’ and ‘artist’. One feature of the exhibition that demonstrates this concept is Design_Download. Paper patterns for garments designed by Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, to name a few, are available to download and viewers are encouraged to incorporate their own unique creativity as they construct the garment. When complete, the interpretation is photographed and uploaded onto SHOWstudio.com. The beauty of this concept lies in the fascinating results. Unfortunately sometimes within the mainstream fashion industry ideas of unique interpretation and diversity are replaced with repetitive garment shapes. However, this process communicates the multitude of possibilities that stem from a single pattern when you encourage creativity and participation.
The three main areas of the exhibition are Process, Performance and Participation. As well as including the work of well known designers and fashion in a familiar catwalk or studio setting, the exhibition successfully questions how we see Fashion. It opens our eyes to the importance of movement, body, life, art, music, colour, film and photography. They weave together and pull apart to stimulate ideas and challenge opinions.
As I left the exhibition I felt forced to redefine my view of ‘Fashion’ – an appropriate question in uncertain times of necessary change. SHOWstudio Fashion Revolution displays our time of Fashion transformation, for which the internet will continue to provide an essential platform. Interaction and communication are also vital elements that have the ability to involve and sustain the artist/viewer.
To look beyond the final product and styled image, to question the process, to ask ‘how did it get here? ’ is not exclusive to the core of SHOWstudio. The future of the fashion industry requires all involved within it to ask questions, to redefine, challenge and doubt what we already have. To look behind the scenes, to realise our clothes are part of a much larger ‘fashion’ chain of actions and events. Challenging such actions and looking beyond what we see, remains a key element to sustaining our industry.
SHOWstudio celebrates the joy of the journey – and this show was well worth the journey.
As the Saturday Night TV schedule packs and pulls the punches we’ve been cheering CSF Ambassador Jo Wood on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and despite Craig Revel Horwood’s sniping she’s making us proud.
Jo became the an Ambassador for the CSF in 2008, she supports the work that we do and is passionate about organic food, beauty products and clothing.
Go on vote for her…
MADE-BY and Organic Exchange are pleased to be hosting this unique seminar.
This seminar will be a perfect opportunity to assist professionals working in textile and clothing companies to come up to speed on changes and opportunities in the supply chain. It takes place in LONDON on 19th and 20th November.
This ground-breaking seminar will cover important aspects of sustainable fashion with topics including:
- Fashion and consumer trends towards sustainability in Europe
- Eco-friendly fabrics – understand its definition, sourcing and production issues
- A discussion on recycled polyester and climate neutral clothing
- Product integrity – learn the importance of organic labeling, certification, and transparency
- Responsible processing – understand the good the bad and the ugly of the dyeing industry
- Social compliance systems – get insight into different standards and learn example of social compliance work done
- Setting sustainability strategy that fits to your business – understand how a long term vision, goals, and clear framework are needed.
Click here for more information and to register.