Who we are
By the Fire is a platform created by Liz Parker and Lizzie Harrison to support the best possible fashion sustainability learning and education.
Both Liz and Lizzie teach in higher education about fashion sustainability across a range of disciplines and levels but came to fashion sustainability education from two very different places.
Lizzie Harrison brings practical experience derived through years of community based activist interventions using fashion design as the vehicle for change alongside her fashion product business Antiform.
Liz Parker brings the insights drawn from years working to support workers’ to defend their rights within global production networks and coordinating Fashioning an Ethical Industry, a project of Labour Behind the Label that supported a national network of sustainable fashion educators (2006 and 2010), as well as insights from nature based education.
Read our profiles below.
Lizzie Harrison is a researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion and teaches across a range of UK higher education fashion courses alongside her role as Creative Director of Antiform, a sustainable fashion label. She also manages projects and consults for private and third sector organisations.
She studied a Research Masters with MA Fashion and Environment in 2008 as a Harold Tillman Scholar at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion. While working on her research project (‘ReMade in Leeds‘) she helped found the Leeds Community Clothes Exchange and the ReMade in Leeds boutique and workshop.
For 3 years she co-ordinated SustainRCA a unique interdisciplinary teaching hub at the Royal College of Art and continues to teach sustainability at a number of institutions.
Liz has been teaching about fashion and sustainability in higher education for over a decade. Mostly this has been alongside her work for over 15 years with Labour Behind the Label and the Clean Clothes Campaign supporting garment manufacture workers to defend their rights.
For five years she jointly-coordinated a project called Fashioning an Ethical Industry (FEI) for Labour Behind the Label which supported educators to bring workers' rights and other sustainable fashion issues into their teaching mostly in the UK but also overseas. With Marsha Dickson from University of Delaware and US network Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business, she edited 'Sustainable fashion: A handbook for educators' for FEI.
She teaches fashion sustainability to fashion and textile business, marketing and design students as an associate lecturer at a number of universities across the UK including London College of Fashion and Nottingham Trent University, as well as in Denmark and Argentina.
Liz is a graduate of Call of the Wild, a year long foundation course in outdoor education leadership with WildWise in association with Schumacher College. This has led Liz to inquire into how taking students out of the classroom and into nature can contribute to the learning experience about fashion sustainability education.