Over the last couple of years sustainability in fashion has become more than just a political statement, with organizations such as Ethical Fashion Forum commonly known as EFF and Estethica founded by the British Fashion Council, more and more people are adopting the following principles; recycling, revamping and reworking within their day-to-day fashion items.
A greater understanding of the importance of sustainability in fashion has proven to be a growing trend within the industry. At FAD we pride ourselves in supporting and promoting ethical fashion working alongside young people developing their knowledge and putting in practise valuable skills for fashion that last longer and is environmentally friendly.
We at FAD were very proud to once again be a part of the annual Knitting and Stitching Show held at the iconic Alexandra Palace in North London. Over the course of 4 days we ran our ‘Come and Create with FAD’ sustainable workshops which involved creating fashionable accessories from strips of jersey fabric and old t-shirts. More than 200 students from the ages of 10 – 17yrs took part in the workshops producing headbands, necklaces, bracelets and collars using the following techniques; plaiting, twisting and knitting.
The workshops were an absolute success with children as young as 10 years of age taking on the knitting technique producing beautifully knitted bow headbands. One young person that took part in the Come and Create with FAD workshop was Sarah Nicholson from Beaumont Secondary School in St Albans. On her visit to our stand Sarah produced a perfectly knitted collar and later in the day found herself mentoring younger students who were keen on taking on the knitting task.
On the whole, our time at the Knitting and Stitching Show was an invaluable experience not only for the students that took part but for as at too at FAD. The experience brought to light the important fact that a vast majority of young people enjoy experimenting with textiles creating fashionable accessories and have a strong interest in sustainable fashion.
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This project has been made possible with the support from the EU programme ‘YouthInAction’.