Thread Counts aims to engage businesses and fashion creatives across the region, supporting peer learning, research development, industry partnerships and local impact.
Supported by the University’s Learning Innovation for Tomorrow programme, and RCE Severn, ‘Thread Counts’ sustainable fashion and textiles forum is a collaborative development by the University of Gloucestershire’s Fashion Design BA (Hons) course, Stroud International Textiles SIT and Atelier, Stroud.
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Thread Counts seeks to provide space for local people, organisations and students, who have an interest in changing the fashion industry and how we work with textiles, to support sustainability.
Through events and activities it aims to connect people so they can share skills, develop business practices and create projects that will enable the fashion creatives of our region to drive wider change together.
Thread Counts has four key aims:
- Business engagement – Supporting and collaborating with business to understand and apply sustainable and ethical principles to their commercial practice
- Research development – driving a national and international agenda by recording reach and impact of sustainable and ethical design on the local community, collaborative partners and students.
- Education and Learning – facilitating a platform for discussion and developing pedagogic frameworks for EfS in Fashion Design and Textiles.
- Community impact – raising awareness of ethical textiles and sustainable fashion, promoting engagement, and creating a network for discussion, skill sharing and collaboration.
Thread Counts activities to date include:
Thread Counts achievements
RCE Recognition Award 2017 as an Outstanding Flagship Project. Thread Counts: A sustainable fashion and textiles forum