Summer time...

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Tuesday, August 2, 2011
So Many things to update about - I have been a rubbish blogger! But my excuse is that the sunshine has been to lovely to resist - and I have been darting around all over the place!

When I get a spare minute i'm going to blog about each amazing time individually (and add lots of lovely photos!) but for now you'll have to be satisfied with a list of my travels!!

1) I had an amazing time at the Textile Institutes "Design Means Business" Exhibition, held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall - it is such a beautiful building, I had a great time talking to so many lovely people, and even managed to scoop the top Sustainability Award, meaning I get to go to Malaysia for the Textile Institutes World Conference next year - stunned was an understatement!

2) London Green Fair was an amazing success - running for the whole weekend this year - so lots and lots of pom pom's, finger knitted goodies and knitted patches were made across the weekend, ending with an amazing fashion show showcasing some fabulous designers (as well as a few pieces from my collection!!)

3) I had an amazing break back up north, surrounded by family and friends, for the last little bit of relax time before the hard work began - day trips, lots of yummy food and building a new super comfy bed made the trip perfect!

4) I started my knitwear placement at People Tree - it is such an amazing company, with such lovely people working there - I think 6 months is going to fly by!

5) Vintage at Southbank Festival was absolutely amazing - I have never felt so underdressed in my life - the amount of amazing floral dresses and beautiful hair made me feel very plain indeed - but I dusted off my 2 dresses and tried my hardest to look feminine haha! I was working with TRAID and we ran workshops across the weekend teaching people to make finger knitted necklaces which went down a storm (We had an amazing collection of vintage buttons that made them look even more amazing!)

6) GRADUATION - after a year and a half of very rewarding (but very tiring!) hard work during my Masters, I finally graduated with a DIstinction Masters yay! My mum, dad, sister, boyfriend and sister boyfriend all came to London for the day, we had a lovely (slightly loooong) ceremony followed by lots of pictures with the wonderful friends i've made, then we went to explore London and found lots of amazing food to eat, before having a wander around the National Portrait Gallery (and eating MORE cake mmm!)

7) I am in the middle of finalising my first accessories collection which will hopefully be showcased on here soon, as well as at a number of local markets and fairs later on this summer - I jut need to learn how to get by on no sleep and I will be fine!

8) The finale of Harry Potter (weep) - I know this shouldn't go on my work blog - but it is a momentous occasion - the last  ever film - I started reading them when I was 13 so am now feeling very old indeed as well as feeling that I am well and truly 'grown up'!! As well as turning a year older (I sent off the past year in great style, with an amazing meal on the Friday with lovely London friends and a sneaky Bolton surprise guest!)

9) Exciting steps with the new alpaca project - with toile's being made as I write (well not quite...but you know what I mean!) so watch this space for updates!

10) Sleep - I am quickly learning that sleep is priceless - I would give anything for 10 extra minutes in bed in the morning, so as I can't think of anything more exciting as my number 10 spot I am going to catch up on some much needed head rest! 


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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