I was born in Leuven, Belgium in February 1992, and grew up in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, coming from a long line of knitters, my two great grandmothers, Violet May, and Rosanna Kate, both knitted for a living. I specialised in Knitwear at Winchester School of Art after two years of Fashion Design at the University of Westminster. I am a designer maker of ethical and sustainable knitwear.
Yarns I use have to match up to my ethical criteria code which includes the materials traceability, its country of origin; whether it’s cruelty free; whether, having traced it, its ethics are sound; including meeting the highest standards of animal welfare; whether it has been dyed naturally and/or organically, and whether its raw material is certified organic, Fairtrade or vegan. I have to be scrupulous, this means it’s an ever changing process. I get my yarn dyed organically to GOTS standards here in the UK. I can feel it and work with it and admire it without any concern at all as I have made my supply chain so short and I have the facts for every part of it. Each of my products has an exact breakdown of the yarns and supply chain with it, so you have the facts too.
I believe that we can make ethical mainstream. It may take a long time and we could be working on it for the whole of our lifetimes but we are confident. I work on contributing to ethical alternatives as well as stopping the current practices in fashion production. The fashion industry is the second most damaging in the world. That means millions of people and animals being oppressed by that industry make it an issue that needs solving right now. I am working a new project right now in a rural poverty stricken area of Peru named Antauta, to make another step forward in revolutionising fashion.
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Photography Credit: Together and Sunspell