Extinction Rebellion Focuses on a Sustainable Fashion Future

Bringing London to a standstill, Extinction Rebellion have been demonstrating through peaceful protests across London. Many of the recent demonstrations, focusing on pollution and climate change. On April 12, one group turned their focus to the fast fashion industry, protesting against one of the largest contributors to pollution, across the globe.

Demonstrators at the Extinction Rebellion, fast fashion protest at Oxford Circus

Opening the series of protests, Extinction Rebellion organised a vibrant catwalk, through the heart of London’s fashion scene. Blocking the cross roads at Oxford Circus, the group brought Oxford Street to a close, focusing specifically on the environmental impacts of fast fashion, a fitting choice for the chosen location. 

Showcasing garments created by sustainable designer, Violet Vega, the models walked down the makeshift catwalk, demonstrating to the public a collection of sustainable, recycled designs, attempting to open the public’s mind, to a world of environmentally friendly fashion, as Violet explains “Everything is made from waste fabrics, it’s all from things that would otherwise go in landfill”. 

Facing scrutiny more intensely over the past few years, the fast fashion industry has borne the brunt of climate activist groups. With more people interested in the cause, an increasing demand for the industry to develop a more environmentally friendly process has arisen. Across the globe an estimated 80% of discarded textiles go to landfill or are incinerated. This process heavily contributes to the prominent land and air pollution issues, both dominating factors in the climate crisis.

Over the past fifteen years, the average consumer purchased 60% more garments ,leading to an increase in production. The production process for one kilogram of cotton includes the use of 20,000 litres of water. This process contributing to water pollution, also uses a percentage of the worlds clean water supply, an essential element that is in short supply across developing countries. Miles Corron, an organiser at the Extinction Rebellion event, highlighted the importance of change within the industry. “So much water is used to produce fast fashion materials it’s in short supply as it is, surely they can put it to better use than destroying the planet”.

Of course, Extinction Rebellion only presents for one side of the argument. The fast fashion industry, despite its negative reputation, does contribute a significant number of positives, on a global scale. 80% of the work force for garment production are female, in developing countries, this has provided an element of support and empowerment for these women, both socially and economically. Also employing over 75 million people worldwide, the industry acts as a substantial economic contributor to both developed and developing countries.

While many sympathise with the Extinction Rebellion protestors and the relevant argument they put forward, change must come with a delicate balance in order to nurture the industry to a more sustainable future and maintain the livelihoods of the people within it. 

NIB The Herne Hill Piano

The piano in Herne hill has inspired and become part of a documentary about street pianos, made by film and documentary makers Maureen Ni Fiann and Tom Rochester. The film took three years to make and has screened in South Korea and Los Angeles. The first London screening will happen on the 9th of December in Holborn.

Cavaliero Finn Exhibition – NIB

On December 9th and 10th Cavaliero Finn, the contemporary art and design gallery will be hosting a whole range of contemporary artists and their work, including names such as Caroline Popham and Gill Rocca, a recent feature in observer magazine. The exhibition will feature up and coming artists along with Cavaliero Finn exclusive and regular artists. Such as Tony Beaver, Jessica Thorn, Sandra James and Daniel Reynolds.

The artwork on display will be different than in previous exhibitions showing not just paintings but a whole collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and textiles. The exhibition will consist of all one of a kind designs by a collection of the UKs top artists.

Caroline Popham is a London based graphic designer, according to her website a portion of her work is based on human habits and routines, and during her career as a graphic designer she has worked with a range of high profile clients such as Louis Vuitton, due to her highly sought-after work.

Gill again is a London based artist specialising in landscape oil paintings, having studied fine art at Leeds university. On her website, she describes her work as aiming to create “a dreamlike tension between reality, memory and the imagination”.

The gallery will be open to the public, and artwork can be purchased in store or online.

 

 

 

Restaurant Wahaca – Review

Wahaca, a Mexican street food restaurant founded by Master Chef winner Thomasina Miers. Being located on the South bank directly facing the river Wahaca offers beautiful river side views while you dine on authentic Mexican street food, accompanied with music, out door seating and probably the best guacamole you will ever taste.

Being made up of huge metal shipping containers the unusual exterior of the restaurant unlike any place I have encountered before is possibly the reason for drawing in so many customers, with waits of up to an hour for a seat, completely worth it however as the food and cocktails match up to the restaurants reputation, offering all traditional Mexican street food such as enchiladas, burritos and a creamy guacamole made with fresh avocado, salt limes onions and a mix of herbs.

Inside the multi-coloured storage exterior lies an abundance of fairy lights, posters and buntings all following the Mexican theme, with friendly and fast service from experienced waiters, a drinks list ranging from tequila shots, to cocktail pitchers, to wines, beers and spirits, practically any alcohol that takes your fancy.

All courses and drinks are reasonably priced, a starter, main course with extras, and a drink can cost under £20 and guarantee to have you completely stuffed by the time you leave.

 

Social media and the Photo Journalist

Russell Boyce is a photojournalist, having worked with a company called Reuters, an online website that provides photo packages of global events to be used in all areas of news be that print, online or broadcast, for over 20 years. Russell has worked in London as an international news photographer, a job that consists of travelling the world to take pictures of global events, and Asia as chief photographer. He describes this particular experience as “shaping the news coverage of a turbulent region”.

In London Russell Boyce was responsible for instructing and coordinating a rage of photographers based all over the world to produce the picture packages that the website Reuters that he works for offers. Both him and the company say that they aim to make these picture packages “tell an in-depth story behind breaking news”.

Despite companies and professional photographers working together to produce high quality packages, with breaking news requiring images quickly for release the up rise of smart phones and social media can essentially render photo journalists redundant at times. With members of the public able to take and send a photograph of an event directly and instantly to broadcast and online news companies, the speed of this can sometimes outweigh the need for quality that a company such as Reuters can provide.

Photo journalists however are essential for covering events in areas such as the Middle East and Africa where the use of social media and smart phones is practically none existent, being able to provide otherwise unseen images of events.

When speaking at London South Bank University Russell spoke of the ability to tell a story through a photograph, an element that news companies are willing to sacrifice the element of time for in order to uphold a story using a photograph, something that images from the public can usually not provide.