Hope is the thing with feathers

As a child, I often used to write stories about flight. There were tales of flying horses, flying carpets and on occasion even flying dinosaurs. I was reminded of this obsession recently when I started to notice feathers everywhere. This was all the more curious as the birds were nowhere to be seen. I could not remember the last time the goldfinches had visited my bird feeders. It turns out that in late summer, many birds lose their feathers. This moulting takes place so they can develop their plumage for the colder season ahead. During this transformation, the birds hide…

Wardrobe Wellbeing

I’m excited to see my feature in print in Planet Mindful magazine about how our clothing choices can lift our mood and help protect the environment. I share my experience of meeting with Camilla Cheung, the founder of Manchester-based business Wardrobe Wellbeing, for a sustainable styling session. The feature explores how small changes in our everyday actions can make a real difference to the way we feel and have a positive impact on the planet. You can get hold of a copy in high street retailers or online here.

The role of natural dyes in sustainable fashion

Find out what rhubarb, daffodils and pomegranates have in common in my blog post for the Manchester Fashion Movement.  I catch up with Natalie Linney, founder of Talie Linseed and the only person I know with a rust collection, to find out more about the role of natural dyes in sustainable fashion. You can read it here. Photo by Talie Linseed – a print made with an old rusted spring mattress, turmeric and elderberries. 

Losing my senses

Nothing says you are clueless about what to buy someone like a gift voucher. Normally I would consider them a last resort, yet last Christmas, I received a rather more imaginative token.  I was presented with a card with an image which looked alarmingly like a dead body. Thankfully, the voucher was not for my own funeral, but entitled me to an hour’s float in a sensory deprivation tank. You could be forgiven for thinking of sensory deprivation as the latest hipster fad to come out of the wellness industry. While I had some reservations, I wanted to experience it…