DAY TWENTY SEVEN (27th August)

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Monday, August 30, 2010


*The morning was spent having a great tour around The Academy Of Design - a private college, with a brilliant reputation in Sri Lanka! All the students were lovely and engaging, and the projects set for them let them be both creative and commercial - setting them up for a great career anywhere across the world!

*The fashion students were having their toiles fitted and discussed today, and we were allowed to watch them - they were so organised and professional about it - making me feel slightly uneasy about the amount of work I have to do when I get back to England!

*We headed back to the flat for lunch and a read through of our presentations before heading to the Tourist Board to prepare for the first of two presentation!

*Gill from The British Council had to leave on business early so we gave her a sneak preview, it went well with no huge technical difficulties, and eased us nicely into the next bigger one! Gill gave us some positive feedback and it was nice to hear that we had covered things she hadn't even considered before!

*MAS, Hydramarni, RanMalu and many more companies sent representatives from the factories we had visited, it was great to see people that had helped us through our journey and to show them that they had been useful and very relevant to the research we had been conducting! No major slip ups and the questions at the end were very focused on organic cotton and sourcing which will be a positive step in the future for them!

*After some lovely refreshments (fish rolls and spicy tomato ketchup!) we were kindly invited to dinner with Dr Nirmali and Prof. Lakdas, we headed over to Cinnamon Grand to have a much needed cocktail, before going to Chutneys which has a great reputation for west Indian cuisine - with over 32 different types of Dosi on the menu!


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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