In celebration of Cooperatives Fortnight 2016, we’re sharing a little about what makes us tick and why we love being part of a cooperative…


Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be involved with Stitched Up.

Since I can remember I’ve been sewing, and the skills I learned from my mom as a child have turned into my hobby, my career and (quite probably) my obsession. When I graduated with a BA Hons Fashion and Textile design I wanted to do something different with my degree and for me founding Stitched Up ticked all of the boxes – passing on skills, working together and being part of forging a sustainable future for the fashion industry.

What do you find the most inspiring aspect of Stitched Up’s work?

I’m inspired by the passion and drive of each and every one of the team, directors, volunteers and supporters alike, who all believe in our mission. Teaching something I love and seeing the sense of achievement, confidence and enjoyment making things can bring is really rewarding.

What does working in a cooperative mean to you?

Being part of a supportive, creative team and sharing in the successes and pitfalls of running a small business together is one of the best things about working in a coop. As well as knowing you’re part of something bigger, a union that shares and cares about the things I believe in, and a fresh, forward-thinking way of doing business.