Sunday, July 12, 2009
Check out her interview on iplayer (although this will expire in a few weeks) so there is also a clip on YouTube
Take a look at her Active Resistance manifesto
And her handwritten 'Fashion DIY' manifesto is included on 'styleontrack' blog.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Is a fantastic blog based in Melbourne, Australia, encouraging it's viewers to recycle and upcycle unwanted posessions.
The slogan on their home page reads:
'I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate and recycle preloved items for myself for the term of my contract. I pledge that I shall create and craft items of clothing for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract.'
Those that take the pledge are also encouraged to post images, comment and give advice to other makers about their creations.
It's great to see a community website based around upcycling, reuse and DIY fashion. It is a platform for all people to showcase their creations, regardless of ability. The key link is enthusiasm and an interest in sustainability and DIY clothing. Realising the potential of clothing and extending the life cycle of unwanted clothing to create unique garment designs remains at the heart of upcycling.
I was told about this brand last night at a party by a friend of a friend to whom I had explained the kind of work I do and what this blog is about. I had never heard of Preloved before so I checked it out and thought it was worth a mention because it's a good website with amazing upcycled clothes - and with the emphasis firmly placed on good design and style as well as reclaimed textiles and upcycling!
'Reinvention, Renewal: Preloved creates one-of-a-kind clothing from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Our passion is design and our philosophy is sustainability.' (www.preloved.ca)
I first heard of MIA after they won the 'Make Your Mark in Fashion' compe-
tition. Young people aged 14-30 were "set the challenge to form a team and create a new brand with the help and support of an established sustainable fashion label" (www.makeyourmarkinfashion.org). When visiting Junky Styling recently I saw a few MIA dresses and thought they were beautiful!
Find out more about MIA and Make Your Mark In Fashion
As also commented on greenmystyle.com
Friday, July 10, 2009
Recycle & Downcycle: Clothing and textiles that can be broken down and used for their fibre content. The yarn and resulting fabric produced may not be of a good quality, in which case this process can be referred to as 'downcycling'. However, if the fibres and yarn produced are similar quality or better than the original, the term recyling is more relevant.
Donate: Passing on clothing of good condition to be sold on and worn again without making any adjustments, usually such items are donated to a charitable organisation.
Upcycle: Clothing most suitable for this category will be clothing that is mostly of good quality but may have a stain or tear in the fabric, or the garment is unwearable in another way. Such clothing will not be taken to a charity shop as it is unsuitable for resale, and for many people the only option for clothing of this nature will be thrown into the bin, thrown 'away'.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
EDF Energy encourages Green Britain Day on 20.07.09
As well as many other 'green' activities and initiatives EDF are promoting, it is good to see that a green clothing slogan:
'Swapping is the new shopping'
is included in the advertising!
Swap your unwanted clothes for new clothes from others. That cardigan at the back of the wardrobe you never wear anymore may just be the garment someone else is looking for!
(Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development)
Is another charity also promoting the possibilites and advantages of Upcycling to reduce the amount of textile and clothing waste.
The TRAIDremade collections are currently stocked in the Brighton branch and the flagship store in Camden. As well as accepting donations in store, Traid also collect unwanted clothing around the country in their collection banks such as in the photograph above.
Estethica at London Fashion Week will be in it's 7th season this September 2009.
Showcasing the best in British ethical fashion, the following are those who were involved in the February 2009 Exhibition concerned with reuse, recycling, reclaiming and zero waste.
Oxfam 'Sustain Me'
Charity Shop project:
It can only be a good thing for charity shops to improve their 'brand'. A higher profile will not only to encourage consumers to donate unwanted clothing but also to consider them as a place to shop.
The television show highlighted the amount of 'junk' people own and want to clear out, but aren't good enough quality to be sold on or donated to charity organisations.
As a result of this, a mainstream option needs to become available for the clothing people no longer want to wear and feel isn't good enough to be sold in a charity shop. This clothing, the current destination for which is the bin (and therefore landfill), should be collected by or donated to rag/textile recycling businesses to be recycled or downcycled - and diverted from landfill.
Many people are also unaware of the links charity organisations have with such textile recyling companies. Any garments passed on to charity organisations that they cannot sell will be passed on to recycling rag companies.
Monday, July 06, 2009
RE:Fashion Designer of the Year Award
New RE:Designer of the Year Award
Sponsored by Worn Again
WINNER: Marie Claire
Read Marie Claire’s report on the win here.
RUNNERS UP: 1) Marie Sar Agencies 2) The Hemp Trading Company (THTC)
RE:People Award: Sponsored by Craig Cohon and CIWEM, for businesses who have changed the lives of people through their supply change and have the potential to achieve more.
As mentioned in a previous blog post, the union between Oxfam and Marks and Spencer encourages consumers to donate their unwanted M&S clothing to Oxfam in return for vouchers to be spent at the national high street retailer. Part of the 'Plan A' initiative encourages consumers to think about re:use and encourages them not to throw their old and unwated clothing away. See the Marks and Spencers Plan A website for more information on the Clothing Exchange
(Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development)
has many charity shops in and around London, collecting clothing and sorting them at their Wembley headquarters. TRAID also have many clothing banks situated around the country and in 2002 launched their Upcycling initiative TRAID:remade.
This photograph was taken in the flagship Topshop store in Oxford Circus, London, of a traid clothing donation bank. Topshop customers are encouraged to donate their unwanted clothing to the charity.