Saltaire - Salts Mill

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Painting by David Hockney

I had a fantastic day out to visit the village that Titus Salt built - his vision was of a community that that could provide a safe base for his thousands of workers that produced over 30,000 yards of alpaca cloth every day at its peak! He built schools, churches and housing for his workers.

Now Saltaire is a vibrant village full of quaint workers houses, independent shops and fantastic little cafes. Salts Mill has been regenerated into an amazing UNESCO site. After the deterioration of the cloth and textile industry being outsourced to other countries, the mill fell into disrepair. The mill was bought in 1987 and the transformation from derelict shell to a vibrant, alive workspace filled with small businesses, independent shops and David Hockney's gallery is an astounding success! I would highly recommend a visit - and if you want a bit of history along with your culture fix, there is a great exhibit on the founder Titus Salt on the top floor!


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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