Saturday, 12 August 2017

weaving on tv

A quick note to say that you only have another day or two to catch Chris Ofili - The Caged Bird's Song on BBC iPlayer; it's a fascinating glimpse into the process of creating the tapestry currently on display at the National Gallery. If you, like me, were disappointed that Grayson Perry's tapestries were machine-made, you'll find this programme hugely satisfying.

[Another gem on iPlayer at the moment, but nothing to do with craft, is an episode of Storyville: Accidental Anarchist: Life Without Government.]

And if you want your thoughts provoked a little further, Felicia's post last week about making and excess, Slow Fashion - Enough Is As Good As A Feast, was exceptionally thoughtful even by her own high standards; the comments section is worth a read too.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

#whomademyfabric - FREE GASPAR MATALAEV

Gaspar Matalaev is in prison in Turkmenistan for reporting on forced labour (and child labour) in the Turkmen cotton industry. He has been tortured and his family is under surveillance.

Thursday 18 May is Turkmenistan's Constitution Day, and it's likely that the president will grant pardons to hundreds of prisoners. Freedom United hope that a surge in signatures on their petition to free Gaspar will get him included in the amnesty so, if you haven't signed it yet, now is a good time.

Who picked your cotton?

Thursday, 27 April 2017


Fashion Revolution Week is here again, and the focus is wider than just the final stage of garment manufacturing (the bit that I as a home sewer/knitter may have done for myself). There are plenty of questions I can ask beyond #whomademyclothes:

Who made my fabric?

Who produced the raw materials for my fabric?

What was it like for them to do that? Safe? Fairly rewarded? Supportive of their human rights, needs, and dignity?

What did the production of my fabric do to the place it came from, and the people and animals that live there?

What did the production of my fabric do to the planet, and all of us who live here?

What will my fabric do to the planet while I'm using it (especially when being washed)?

How long will this fabric last, and what impact will it have when I eventually dispose of it?

Am I OK with the honest answers to all these questions, or am I avoiding thinking about them?

NB: There is the option to ask these questions every week, not just in Fashion Revolution Week.

See also:
The high price of cheap stuff - what we can do
Conscious Crafting - some sewing links (long overdue an update, I know)
Fashion Revolution Day: who made your fabric?