Blog post by Penny Gray, Selvedge Events Director
Last year I resolved to take up a new craft- I’d like to make clear (on the off chance anyone who has seen the results of my ceramics classes reads this) that my resolution was not to master a new craft, simply to give it a go. I have loved learning something new -attempting throwing, experimenting with glazes and collecting the results from the kiln.
This year my resolution is more of a challenge-no high street shopping. 50 years ago we spent 10 percent of our monthly income on clothes, now we spend less than 5% but our wardrobes are twice the size.
Just 2 generations ago a new dress would have required saving up for months to buy but these days the whole process of buying a new outfit has changed and our drawers are full of impulse buys and ‘bargains’ we didn’t need that we bought purely because we don’t really think about it.
So this year I resolve to think more carefully about where my clothes are coming from, how they are made and how much I should really be spending on them. I resolve to shop only in second hand or vintage clothing stores, or from independent makers whose processes are ethical and whose products are really well made.
If you’re stuck for a resolution this year - borrow mine- here I've listed some beautiful brands whose products are worth saving up for…In order of appearance: Ottowin, Bug Clothing, Cecilie Telle & Susie Petrou.