Upcycling is defined as : Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original; ‘the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products…’. Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com)
Recycling is defined as: Convert (waste) into reusable material; ‘car hulks were recycled into new steel’. Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com)
Upcycling old jumpers through recycling wool is exactly what Sue Reed does through her business The Woolly Pedlar. A former school teacher, Sue has devoted the last few years to creating this wonderful brand which is an opportunity for exploring ways of repurposing fabric waste. Her creative process involves working with the material and allowing the quality of the wool to define how she uses it within the final garment. Armed with an over locker machine and a lot of passion to sustain a better way of producing and creating, Sue works from her studio in beautiful Northumberland, England creating beautiful one of a kind pieces.
Fashion and Heart had the opportunity to interview Sue Reed and here is what she told us…