Sorry to have kept you waiting so long for that promised update on my visit to the V&A’s Clothworkers Centre. There have been major life distractions, and I’ve been having to prioritise other things. So, the blog has had to take a back seat; in fact, not even a back seat – it’s now a tin can tied to the bumper of my life, bobbling around behind me on a piece of string. But that post (and other woesomely belated ones) will come, eventually. I promise. You’ll just have to be patient.
Meanwhile, this weekend has brought some astonishing news: it seems I was included in the Independent on Sunday‘s 2014 Happy List, published today.
This annual list celebrates 100 people in Britain doing things to help their (or other) communities. I was totally gobsmacked to hear that I’d been nominated and even more surprised to hear that I’d been included. It seems that a kind Bathonian thought that I deserved recognition for the Big Mend etc, so nominated me. Frankly, I assumed it must be a joke. But it wasn’t. Here’s the article.
So, here we are. I’m still feeling a little pole-axed and mystified, but am so grateful for the attention that this is focusing on the things we’re trying to do in the local community with the Big Mend:
- sharing mending and upcycling skills
- helping local residents to save money
- reducing social exclusion by supplying a welcoming, inclusive environment in which to do this
- raising awareness of textile waste issues
- and of all kinds of other ethical issues inherent in our daily choice of what to put on in the morning
Over the past year I’ve enjoyed meeting (both in person and online) some wonderful people doing truly great things, and I’d like to take this opportunity reflect some glory back onto them here, as I feel that they deserve the real praise and attention here. In no particular order:
- Fine Cell Work – for their stunning work taking needlework into prisons
- Traid – striving to make the entire process of clothing production and use sustainable
- Entribe – working to help the local community in Snow Hill, Bath
- Fashion Revolution – the people behind the hugely successful #insideout campaign for the Fashion Revolution Day event on the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster
- Labour Behind the Label – who’ve done so much of the legwork to obtain compensation for the victims of Rana Plaza
- Bath Craftivism Club – bringing together local crafters with a social conscience
- Bath Spa Uni – whose textile students are awesomely switched on when it comes to all these issues
- The Museum of Bath at Work – which kindly lets us to use their amazing space for the Big Mend every month
- Willis Newson – taking imaginative projects into the healthcare environment to promote wellbeing
- Vicky Harrison of Paper Village Arts in Bedminster, Bristol – for her community-led Briswool project which has made so many people smile (and they’re still queuing down the street to see it)
Thanks to everyone who has come (and kept coming back) to the Big Mend over the past two years, supporting it and me with your kindness, your skills, your senses of humour etc. And finally, you, the reader of this neglected blog. Thank you. Please accept this posy of mint and purple sprouting broccoli from my allotment (admittedly from a little earlier in the season) as a token of my gratitude.