Sow to Sew: A Conference on Textiles, Fashion & Agriculture

Here on the Luvly blog, in our Weekly Round-Ups we post a lot about eating locally, cooking locally, and eating food we grew in our own backyards. This is a conversation we hear almost daily on the news and online, and conscious shoppers are consuming with food security in mind. At the Farmers' Market, you can meet the people that grew your food. But have you ever thought about who grew your clothes? 

Sow to Sew is a conference taking place at NSCAD University on Friday September 27th. This one-day event will bring together stakeholders from the textiles industry, including farmers, researchers, fashion designers, and retailers to discuss the 'emerging localized textile industry'. 

Workshops will be offered in four streams 'Sustainability in Fashion', 'Growing and Using Natural Dyes', 'Manufacturing Fabric' and 'Fashion and Clothing Production'. The line up of speakers is impressive, with intellectuals, farmers, researchers and makers coming from as far away as Germany and the US. 

We are particularly excited that several of our designers will be speaking at the conference. Barbara Starr of Terra Cotta Clothing Design and Julia Grieve of Preloved will be participating in the 'Fashion and Clothing Production' stream. We're looking forward to gaining more insight into their manufacturing practices and challenges as small independent fashion designers.

Luvly and The Lunenburg Makery are also getting involved with the conference. Our store owners Leslie Wright and Brian Arnott are sponsoring the event, and some of our staff will be attending the event. Following the conference we will be hosting the conference speakers for a one day 'think tank' session providing a space for collaboration and further discussion.

Interested in attending the conference? You can register online here. For more information about the conference including speaker bios and conference schedule, visit the Sow to Sew website

If you are interested but won't be able to attend, check back for our take on the event. Our staff will be in attendance, and we will be sharing our highlights of the day here on the blog. We will also be instagramming and tweeting live from the conference, so be sure to follow us for up to the minute updates!