Fish­net fash­ion

Devon Life - - Upfront -

Askirt made from dis­carded fish­ing nets wowed an au­di­ence of 500 peo­ple at Ex­eter’s first Slow Fash­ion Show in the city’s cathe­dral. Hosted by Ex­eter eth­i­cal fash­ion and life­style brand San­cho’s and Inex­eter, the show was the flag­ship event of what has be­come an an­nual af­fair – Style In Ex­eter Week.

When Inex­eter ap­proached San­cho’s to or­gan­ise and ex­e­cute the Slow Fash­ion Show, San­cho’s owner and creative di­rec­tor, Kalki­dan Legesse, also saw a big­ger op­por­tu­nity to show­case the tal­ent of the re­gion.

Legesse, who started the sus­tain­able brand with her part­ner in 2014, says “We know we live in a part of the coun­try that is get­ting more switched on to the idea of liv­ing sus­tain­ably.

“We also know that through­out the South West there are in­cred­i­bly tal­ented and in­spir­ing de­sign­ers whom we wanted to give a plat­form, and so the Sus­tain­able De­sign Awards were born.”

Thir­teen de­signs were short­listed that met the strict cri­te­ria of en­ter­ing the awards: to use sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als; con­sider how the en­try could have mean­ing­ful im­pact to com­bat fast fash­ion if pro­duc­tion were to be scaled; and/ or if the en­try could pro­vide a creative so­lu­tion en­abling us to move into a more sus­tain­able fu­ture.

Sus­tain­able swimwear brand Davy J, which is based in New­ton Ab­bot, walked away with the win­ning £750 prize money thanks to their in­no­va­tive stance. The au­di­ence, who were the judges of the award, were ev­i­dently im­pressed not only by the skirt that was made from dis­carded fish­ing nets, but by the swim­ming cos­tume worn un­der­neath, which came from Davy J’s first col­lec­tion.

Founder of Davy J, He­len New­combe, ex­plains: “Our first col­lec­tion uses 100% re­gen­er­ated ny­lon yarn from waste, in­clud­ing spent and ghost fish­ing nets.

“An aver­age of 640,000 tons of fish­ing nets are left in the oceans ev­ery year, mak­ing up 1/10 of all ma­rine lit­ter.

“For ev­ery ton of waste nets col­lected, there is enough ny­lon re­gen­er­ated to cre­ate more than 10,000 swim­suits.”

Run­ners up, who each re­ceived £100, were Storm in a Teacup artist and de­signer, Lisa Tri­co­teuse; fash­ion knitwear tex­tile de­signer, Leanne Cal­lon; and Ex­eter based ad­vo­cate of ev­ery­thing hand­made, Ar­ri­etty. bot­tles, bags, wire, old net cur­tains, old road cones, hang­ing bas­kets - the list goes on. Bases can be made from any­thing from a rock, old wheels, or car en­gine parts.

“I am now at the stage where I am specif­i­cally look­ing for lit­ter that will lend it­self to be­ing a mush­room.”

Rob is based in Dain­ton, Ip­plepen, where he rents a yard, na­ture area and pond on the site of one of Isam­bard King­dom Brunel’s for­mer at­mo­spheric rail­way pump houses. Find him on Face­book.

Pulling against ocean pol­lu­tion

A char­ity auc­tion in Ex­eter has raised £4,500 to com­bat ocean plas­tic pol­lu­tion.

The four women be­hind Devon’s ‘Row for the Ocean’ team raised the sum in one night at their char­ity auc­tion, raf­fle and boat un­veil­ing at The Ter­race in Ex­eter.

With just a few weeks to go un­til they set off on a gru­elling 3,000-mile race across the At­lantic from the Ca­nary Is­lands to the West Indies, the to­tal is a big boost for row­ers Kirsty Barker, Ros­alind Hols­grove-west, Kate Sal­mon, and Laura Try.

They were de­lighted to be joined on the night by spon­sors, sup­port­ers, and well-wish­ers. The team’s main spon­sor – lo­cal com­pany P1 In­vest­ment – had the hon­our of tak­ing the wraps off Lib­erty, the boat that will carry the girls through tow­er­ing waves of up to 40 ft as part of the Talisker Whisky At­lantic Chal­lenge.

Row for the Ocean aims to raise as much as pos­si­ble for South-west based char­ity Surfers Against Sewage. The money will fund SAS’S Ocean Schools pro­gramme, which teaches chil­dren about the ef­fects of plas­tic pol­lu­tion.

The women are also us­ing the race as a plat­form for the Plas­tic Free Ex­eter cam­paign, which they set up along­side lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Team mem­ber Kate Sal­mon says: “We hope peo­ple across Ex­eter and fur­ther afield will con­tinue to back our cam­paign against sin­gle-use plas­tic, as the date of our de­par­ture draws ever closer!”

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