All images: Weaving the Future, Salts Mill.
The Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week runs until 20th October. The annual event aims to champion wool and its benefits, while showcasing innovative and contemporary products from a range of fashion and interiors companies. Wool Week 2019 also continues to raise awareness of wool as a fibre that biodegrades in the land and in the ocean.
This year, partners have included Brora, John Smedley, Finisterre, Anderson & Sheppard, Raeburn Design, Alternative Flooring, Camira and Hypnos, alongside exhibitions, workshops and classes from community organisations.
Weaving the Future is an exhibition of film, photography and artefacts at Salts Mill in Yorkshire that explores how Britain’s textile industry is being reinvented for the 21st century. Wool and cotton fuelled the world’s first industrial revolution. Now a vast array of fibres are driving a new revolution, with textiles being used to create a range of innovative products, from heart valves and new knee cartilage to high tech vehicles.
Cashmere and wool fashion label Brora has launched a limited edition sweater designed for Wool Week by student, Jasmine Cook from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Jasmine is the winner of the brand’s annual design competition, where 25 students were asked to create knitwear inspired by textile artist Anni Albers. Jasmine’s design is available online and in Brora stores nationwide.
To celebrate the brand’s 235th anniversary, iconic knitwear label, John Smedley has released a line of knitwear, available for Wool Week. The three piece range consists of a women’s sweater, men’s sweater and scarf in versatile cream and brown colourways. All of the wool used in this is made within a 450 mile radius using Bluefaced Leicester wool.
The British Blanket Company will be offering discounts across their throws and picnic blankets throughout Wool Week and Raeburn Design are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a two-week wool exhibition in-store using archive AW Hainsworth pieces.
For more information, visit www.campaignforwool.org