The North Beckons: All change for 2022

I'm not usually one for new year's resolutions or using January to attempt a fresh start, but this year that's how things have panned out. Back in February last year, I reflected on three national lockdowns and realised that, "I’m not at all sad about how I’ve spent my time over the last year, but... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Katie’s story

Today's story in the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is from Katie Sawyer. Katie is a trainee curator at Bodmin Keep, Cornwall's army museum. She studied archaeology at Durham University and specialised in archaeological textiles, including stinging nettle fabric. Currently she is working on her first exhibition 'Frontiers of Fashion: how military uniform influences civilian fashion', which... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Madeline’s story

Submissions for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project have understandably slowed over the last few weeks, but if your routine has changed we'd still love to hear from you with your reflections on what you've been wearing. Today's interview is with Madeline Farr. Madeline is a New York-based artist and teacher. She works from a studio space... Continue Reading →

Three months into lockdown

I've been at home since Friday 13th March, and the UK went into lockdown the week afterwards. Now that we're in week 14, markers of time are more important than ever. Without the weekends away, theatre trips, weddings, short courses, exhibition visits and nights out with friends that had filled my diary and have now... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Stuart’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Stuart Campbell. Stuart has a background in museums and cultural heritage but currently works as a civil servant between Edinburgh and London. He collects vintage clothes. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter. 1) Can you describe what your personal style was like before lockdown... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Anne’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Anne Bennett. Anne entered ministry in the Church of England after a career in logistics and management. She was ordained priest in Durham Cathedral in 2009. A former prison chaplain, she is now Vicar of the Church of the Ascension in Blackheath where she enjoys leading... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Shamin’s story

Today's interview for the 'Lockdown Clothing' project is with Shamin Vogel. Shamin is a fashion editor "who travels around the world for leading global fashion trade magazine WeAr to talk to brands, buyers, collect trends and visit shows. My base is in London but I decided to flee to Austria, where my family lives, when... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Clothing: Darren’s story

Today's interview in the 'Lockdown Fashion' project is with Darren Reynolds. Darren describes himself as "Male, 53, occasionally creative, works in the cycling industry." 1) Can you describe what your personal style was like before lockdown? My style is monochrome (almost entirely black) and pared back. I prefer comfortable items such as smart sportswear, fitted... Continue Reading →

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