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 Brockwell Park Winter Fair

The chance to support local business and cut your spending in large corporate stores is coming to Herne hill with the Brockwell winter fair over Christmas. The fair will take place on the 3rd of December in Brockwell hall, with local gifts and handmade items and food available to buy in a Christmas environment.


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.




The Audio Production Awards 2017

The Audio Production Awards were bigger and better this year, being presented by MBE Trevor Nelson and supported by celebrity guests such as politician Ed Miliband and Nick Grimshaw.

With 23 award categories to get through the night kicked off with the award for ‘creative documentary feature maker’ won by Hanna Walker Brown. Followed by ‘Best Comedy Producer’ with the award going to Matt strong, his work being described as “mastery of both established and new programs” with the runners up, Benjamin Partriqge taking the silver and David Tyler coming up third with bronze.

A heart felt speech followed from Dotun Adebayo, a regular presenter on BBC radio 5, who thanked his wife and children for helping him with his career and helping him win his first award, before leaving the stage teary eyed.

The final award was presented to PRA Productions for the ‘indie of the year’ award.

Despite the event running out of the complimentary food and drink before we arrived and the slightly rude presenter Sonali Shah who insulted a percentage of the audience with her jokes about students, the night ran smoothly with entertainers such as Richard jones, a Britains got talent winner, performing magic tricks on stage and the winners and runners up leaving with smiles and sparkly glass awards in hand.

Jauz at Electric Brixton

Jauz played at electric Brixton last Friday supported by Sente, Holy Goof, Grand Theft and Darkzy, in an event run by the popular UKF music brand.

For anyone who has a love for bassline this was the place to be and it didn’t disappoint, with the artists playing from 10pm until 4am, despite the event having been advertised to run until 6 am, a crowd of over 1000 people, and a mass of cheap drinks, the atmosphere was described as “insane” on Skiddle reviews along with being rated 5 star.

Having queued for over an hour to get into the arena, we were able to catch the last 20 minutes of holy goofs set, where remixes of Katy B’s ‘on a mission’ were played and holy goof originals such as ‘eyes on you’. Following this was the artist grand theft, who despite being announced as a special guest was practically shunned off stage at the end of his set with the crowd’s huge anticipation for the main artist Jauz to get on the stage and play his set.

Matching the audience’s anticipation Jauz took to the stage with confetti and exploding from the ceiling onto the crowd as the beat dropped in the first song, sending the audience bouncing and flying in all directions in the mosh pits that opened up. Despite Darkzy being a favourite artist of mine sadly his set just couldn’t follow that of Jauz being slightly dull in comparison, with a fair amount of the crowd heading home during the middle of his set.

Camdens Vintage Scene

Camden town, renowned for its quirky stores, costume shops, and alternative scene. With stores such as Rokit, Fat Faced Cat, and the infamous Camden market bringing in the vintage scene for buyers with an edgy clothing taste, wanting something different and unique, independent retailers are flooding in bringing pop up vintage fairs.

This weekend, the Camden Vintage Kilo Sale took place at cecil sharp house, a one day pop up event bringing a range of retro and 90s style vintage clothes to be brought at the cheap cost of £15 a kilo. Dozens of clothing racks all packed to breaking point with denim, suede, rave and fur jackets, levi jeans, shirts, tops, leather and metalic skirts. All completley unique an aspect that average vintage clothing stores somewhat lack.

Despite having to rummage through some very questionable colour choices and clothes that should have definitley stayed in the year they came from, the rare style and quality of the clothes makes the long process worth it, with myself coming out of the event with four items costing just £20 .

With such low cost vintage pop up events with a huge range of items, happening on a monthly basis, street stores such as Rokit will definitly struggle to keep up.




The Underbelly of Southbank


Tucked away behind the seemingly endless stretch of river that makes up the south bank, is the Underbelly Festival. By night, a popular venue for young professionals looking for a place to relax and appreciate a night out, after a long and stressful day at work. While transforming into the ideal location for tourists, particularly on Sundays, enticing families in with its bright decorations and outdoor set up.

“The festivals popularity has boomed in recent years” according to Ben, a member of the bar staff who has worked with the festival since its opening, 5 years ago in 2012. The Australian cabaret groups “Briefs” have played a colossal role in the festivals positive reputation and rising popularity, with its “unique”performance.

Elizabeth Abbott a former student at Manchester University and an employee at the festival, told us off the “masses of food and drink options” such as, Waffle On, Prosecco cocktails, the Heineken bar along with the “lovely atmosphere of the festival”. The extra expense of food and drink however makes it understandable why younger professionals such as Mark, 24, prefer the venue and think of it as “a chilled place to drink with your friends”, compared to students who perhaps prefer a more lively and budget friendly scene.