Julia Roebuck – Artist Blog
Updated: Feb 10
We are very excited to introduce you to Julia Roebuck, one of the artists who will be showcasing their work at featured@ fair trader for the next two months.
Originally from Holmfirth, Julia has worked in the environmental sector in London and Australia before returning to Kirklees in 2015. Julia established Upcycle Fashion in 2010 whilst studying for the world's first sustainable fashion master's degree – MA Fashion and the Environment at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Upcycle Fashion is a circular clothing practice, working to re-think approaches to waste textiles. Julia provides sustainable fashion consultancy and project management services, specialising in circular economy solutions. She is also passionate about textiles education and training, delivering talks, guest lectures and workshops focused on garment repair & upcycling techniques around the UK and online.
Some of Upcycle Fashion's current projects include:
WOVEN in Kirklees – Careers and Education project manager @woveninkirklees
Swap Shop Sew – Upcycle Fashion collaborates with fairandfunky to plan and deliver Holmfirths' popular clothes swapping event @swapshopsew
One Planet Fashion – Podcast host @oneplanetfashion
Three Top Tips for working in sustainable fashion
Don't assume that people understand why you think a project will work. When describing an idea for a new project, it's important to set the context first, then your solutions/concepts are likely to make more sense to your audience/collaborators/investors.
When you find an idea or format that works well, be ready to repeat that talk or workshop over and over again. Don't feel like you have to keep coming up with new ideas all the time. To reach a lot of people with your message or skill, you have to be ready to do the same thing over and over again.
Keep up to date with the latest research, news articles or campaigns relevant to your work. People will want to discuss these topics with you and not all people will agree with you. Be prepared for disagreement around the trickier aspects of your specialism and handle it with care. Always be kind and open to others' opinions. You won't always change minds, but be prepared to do so if the opportunity arises.
Julia Roebuck, January 2022
You can see a selection of Julia's work in the top room at Fair Trader during February and March.