December 31, 2009 by amucklow
Apparently new year’s resolutions are doomed to fail as the Papers seem to gleefully report while encouraging us at the same time to undertake the latest diet or buy the latest self-help manual. But New Year’s Resolutions are something of a rite of time passing and while we celebrate and reminisce what has gone before so too do we look forward to a new start and with hopefulness for what is to come.
Trying to think of a resolution that is workable and rewarding and with the disappointment of COP15 buzzing in our heads my suggestion is basic. Think about what you buy. Do you need it? Who made it? Will you wear it? Is it just a passing trend, because trends are so 2009 – even Hadley says so!
December 21, 2009 by Hatty
In the aftermath of the Copenhagen Climate Summit Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ grapples with how to calculate the Carbon Foot Print of everyday items – last week the milk industry and electrical items were under the spotlight – this week they focused on the humble cotton T-Shirt. Our very own Alex Mcintosh, Business Support Manager for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, was invited on the programme for his expert opinion about the environmental impact of clothing. Alex spoke about the high carbon footprint involved in making one T-Shirt and urged the consumer to re-think fast and cheap fashion. Also interviewed on the programme were Mike Barry, the man behind the hugely successful M&S Plan A campaign, eco fashion specialist Continental Clothing and Ewan Murray from the Carbon Trust.
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Innovative textile designer and illustrator Naomi Ryder is returning to the Fashion and Textile Museum to run one of her popular embroidery workshops.
Learn how to customise your clothes and bring individuality to any item through different embroidery techniques from hand stitches to freehand machine embroidery.
Embroider logos, days of the week, insects, people, flowers; from the skills you learn you will be able to decorate and take home your own items.
Saturday 16th January 2010 – 11am to 4pm
To book: Call 020 7407 8664 or book online from We Got Tickets
Cost: £50 including materials and exhibition entrance.
Limited spaces – advance booking essential To book please call our booking line on 020 7407 8664
For further info and queries, visit us on the web at http://www.ftmlondon.org/
or email email@example.com
The Fashion and Textile Museum,
83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF
Fantastic New Online Studio Boutique
Gaudion Bowerbank is a new concept online studio boutique selling skillfully made, innovative and beautiful contemporary jewellery, made to order.
Gaudion Bowerbank focus upon the creative process, recognising the importance of considering how, where and by whom our purchases are made. Celebrate the beauty and innovation of craft – visit their fantastic website now.
December 17, 2009 by Hatty
People Tree, the rapidly growing pioneer of Fair Trade Fashion, is seeking QC (Quality Control) volunteers .This would be great experience for a fashion design graduate or someone who is interested in garment construction.
People Tree is a pioneering Fair Trade and ecological mail-order fashion label with operations in Britain and Japan. We work with 50 fair trade groups in 7 developing countries to produce a stylish collection that respects people and planet. We give design and technical assistance to help marginalized artisans and crafts people overcome the barriers of selling their products. We pay our producers a fair price, offer advance payment when needed and commit to a long term partnership.
People Tree is looking for QC, Team members, to check the quality control of their SS10 Collection. You will be assisting the QC team in Measuring Production garments. You will also be checking that the garments are of the highest standard for the new season. Checking Buttons, zips finishing’s, Seams etc. You will be working on your feet for most of the day, if you have back problems this role will not suit you .You will need to have the following quality’s-
- Good organisational skills.
- Be a good team player.
- Good time keeper.
- Attention to detail.
Your Responsibilities will be as follows;
- Measuring garments.
- Noting measurements.
- Checking that the quality of the garments comply with the company’s high standards.
- Reporting any issues that may arise with your QC Manager.
- Experience with measuring garments, an understanding of garment construction is a bonus.
We will need you to help with QC through January, February and March 2010.
Please take into consideration that the warehouse is on the outskirts on London in Brimsdown, You can get a train from Liverpool Street (approx 20 mins) or Tottenham Hale (approx 10mins)
You will be given £30.00 in People tree gift vouchers for each day that you work.
Travel expenses under £12 will be given back to you.
Please bring a packed lunch and wear sensible clothing as you will be on your feet all day.
If you would like to be considered for this position please send an email of the days you could work with your contact details and your C.V
please email: Design@peopletree.co.uk
The Guardian is reporting today that the talks in Copenhagen are not going well. It will be distressing if the hope behind COP15 goes to waste and the talks end in disappointment.
Read the article here.
December 15, 2009 by Hatty
Do you know your sinners from your saints in the world of retailing? Think you’re boycotting the biggest ethical offenders on the High Street? Check out Ruth Rosselson’s article in the Guardian for some shocking revelations.
Sustainable Fashion Project
Looking for a unique, meaningful project in which to showcase your creativity? Passionate about fashion, sustainability and recycling, and want to make a positive contribution to helping minimise poverty?
We are a homeless drop in project for MIND and are looking for a student to design their own original line of fashion from recycled clothes.
This is a fantastic opportunity to use your creative skills, gain experience and do something for a very worthwhile cause, and get your name out there in the process!
The project will take approximately six weeks. We want a line of clothing designed and made from old, donated clothes and hope the finished products can be sold in our charity shop.
The items designed and created need to be a highly unique, one of a kind items – an original work of art in attire form!
You will need:
your own sewing machine and equipment to create your garments,
fashion design and tailoring skills,
a creative mind together with an eye for the elegant and chic,
the ability to see the potential in a bag of old clothes to be recycled into avant-garde fashion,
zeal and enthusiasm to complete the project.
For more information about how to become involved in this exciting project please email Dhanjyoti Sanghvi at: firstname.lastname@example.org
December 14, 2009 by Hatty
Environmentally aware fashion brand Partimi will be hosting the Pop Up Shop “Trash Vortex” from 18th – 24th December 2010.
Launch party – Friday 18th December!
December 10, 2009 by amucklow
One of my favourite brands on the CSF business support programme is Julia Smith, so it was happy times to see that she has won a competition for free rent in the West End and mentoring from Jimmy Choo. Check out her beautiful collections and you won’t be surprised why she’s the winner of such a great pride. What Jimmy Choo saw in Julia was her commitment and discipline, it’s great to see a designer working in a responsible way turning the heads of key industry figures. Well Done Julia.
Read all about it here in The Evening Standard.