Sunday, 8 June 2008


We are creative and want the world to be a happier and more beautiful place. It's important to know what we are up against and I've just found a brilliant website to help us.
'Let's Clean Up Fashion,' monitors all the major high street brands, and how they work within the Ethical Trading Initiative, a British NGO set up in 1998 to improve the lives of poor working people around the world.  "Lets clean up Fashion" writes to the stores to ask them how they are operating, and they put the replies up for you to read.  Primark now has an Ethical trade team, and is auditing it's factories, thanks to pressure groups like these.  However, these pictures were taken yesterday afternoon, and you can see it's still a mess.


 The Welcome Collection is showing a free exhibition of the work of the Festival Pattern Group - a project at the 1951 Festival of Britain, involving X-ray crystallographers, designers and manufacturers. Diagrams of atomic structures inspire an eclectic array of patterns on curtains, wallpapers, carpets, lace, dress fabrics, ties, plates and ashtrays. 
Here is an insulin pattern which hasn't been seen since for over 50 years. 
The Welcome Collection is at 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE 
Open Tuesday- Sunday with a late night opening on Thursday.