Craft of Use Event - LCF

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

...Leaflet proceedings...

An inspiring and stimulating day was had, surrounded by an amazing array of people all passionate in their many different visions for sustainability. From fashion designers to engineers and NGO leaders the mix of attendees was awe-inspiring and I have never been in a conference environment quite like that, with such a relaxed but passionate attitude towards their beliefs.

 “Sustainability is profoundly shaped by what goes on beyond the purchase”

Some of the key ideas I gained from this fantastic experience were more questions, questions I should be asking myself about the way I design and manufacture, and also the limits that transcend past the design process to the wearer, How (if at all) can I aid the wearer in their vision of sustainability?

1)     We need to redefine what quality means, it doesn’t transcend across other factors of satisfaction, by redefining what we should be creating and sitting quality within a wider context of factors.

2)     How do our own cultures and systems work together, alienate one another and influence our outputs, looking at other models of consideration and through development of an alternative culture of design can we influence output and amplify the importance of process and skills?

3)     If we do not know the right questions to ask or even WHAT questions to ask, how are we able to make educated decisions?


Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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