A panel of three women entrepreneurs will talk honestly about the ups and downs of starting and sustaining a micro-business in the fashion industry. They all design and create their products with sustainability as the driving force. Marie Nancarrow upcycles cast off denim to design her own unique items of bright clothing for adults and children. Gaynor Thomasson has perfected the use of algae to create children’s shoes in a range of sunny colours. Angela Turkington’s current innovation is the use of non-toxic plant and flower pigments to dye silk in gentle abstract designs. The end results in all three cases are beautiful, practical, and eco-friendly items of clothing. Each micro business has been built up as a one-woman enterprise and the three panel members will share their stories of ‘getting there’.
Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment, QUB
Marie Nancarrow, Titanic Denim
Gaynor Marie Thomasson (Dragon’s Den Award Winner), Heelz and Toez Sustainable Children’s Shoes
Angela Turington, Leopard and Lily Boutique
Taylor May, Accomplished athlete, business woman, speaker and leader, Taylor May has a well rounded background spanning multiple industries.