Creating our products ethically and sustainably is key for The Stitch Society and we are big fans of the Slow Fashion October movement. The aim of the movement is to open up the discussion about ethical and sustainable fashion choices for everyone. It advocates good quality, conscious buying and eco-friendly processes.
If you did not catch Stacey Dooley’s BBC documentary Fashion’s Dirty Secret it is well worth a watch and highlights the damage mass produced fashion is doing to our planet.
I know we are a bit late to the table with this but the month highlights the need for a change in our approach to fashion and textiles. With this in mind, Charlotte has pledged to not to buy any new clothes for 12 months – instead looking at what she already has and redesigning old clothes rather than buying new and has found itreally quite liberating when she goes shopping. “ It makes you look at your own behaviour and pay closer attention to what you already have,” said Charlotte.
On a similar theme is the fantastic exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum called Fashioned from Nature. The exhibition, which runs until January next year, showcases new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes. More information on this can be found here.
Frida Kahlo sculpture in the V&A courtyard
Finally we will be out and about again, this time closer to home, at Saltaire Makers’ Fair which takes place in Victoria Hall, Saltaire, West Yorkshire on Friday November 9th from 5.30 until 8.30 and on Saturday 10th from 10am until 5pm.
We are one of 48 independent artists from across the UK at the event which includes designer-makers specialising in ceramics, jewellery, glass, printmaking and of course textiles.
Please head over and say hello if you are visiting.