3 March 2011

Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity...

♥ Ceri makes...  enjoyed a crafty evening at The Papered Parlour's Ethical Fashion event held at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood.  The main hall was a buzz of crafty stalls selling everything from handmade accessories to ethically sourced digital print fabrics.  Alongside this there were lots of demonstrations and 'craft guerilla' activities to get stuck in with  ...from a jewellery workshop with Tatty Devine (loving their name necklaces!) to sewing with the Shoreditch Sisters WI!

A couple of stalls caught my eye in particular...

DIY Couture - a collection of beautifully put together set of books containing easy to follow,  visual instructions to help the reader create a garment rather than purchasing.

The Create Place - a non-profit venture that run crafty workshops that fund free skills sessions in the local community;  so not only can you nip to a workshop to learn anything from quilt making to book binding you are also giving someone else the opportunity to learn too.  Crafts come full circle!

Fine Cell Work - a small selection of needlework products crafted by prison inmates across the country; providing prisoners with the opportunity to learn new skills and earn a small income.  With some gorgeous designs donated by Celia Birtwell and Cath Kidston among others.

So now I'm feeling inspired to get crafty at the weekend.

Happy Friday for tomorrow x

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