Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Fashion Design For a New Age

Written by Deborah M. Hodgetts

 Fashion and technology are no longer limited to yesteryear’s drab designs; both fashion and technology are merging to create concepts, materials, and a plan for the future of innovative ways of manufacturing and the dawn of a New World.

Living beyond technological boundaries will be the new commodity and currency in a changing economic picture once the world starts turning once more post the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Technology and fashion bring new-age clothing innovations to life that may change how we wear clothes, allowing us to reuse, recycle, and repurpose the clothes we own.

Here is a sample of 6 of the leading innovative fabric trends changing the future of fashion and technology:

Sensing Health Issues

You may wear a fitness watch during exercise to monitor your heart rate and fitness levels, but what if you could measure your fitness through sensors built into your sportswear. The activewear Omsignal can collect medical data and information; the smart fabric has an embedded ECG, physical, and respiration sensors.

Your collected data is transferred to a recording sensor within the fabric, sending this information to your Cloud. The recorder can collect 50 hours of data without requiring it to be recharged.

Woven-In Sensors To Control Tech

If you are always losing your mobile phone, this may be the answer to your problems. The first garment embracing Google Woven In is the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket.

The fabric contains tiny interwoven electronics with inbuilt snap tags that alert you when your device is activated. It does this by flashing a light tag. This then emits an electronic pulse to receive feedback via a haptic feedback sensor.

Energy Harvesting Fabric

Triboelectric fabric is one of the first energy harvesting materials that is both waterproof and converts energy from multiple sources, including wind, rain, and body movements. This material could be used to create clothing in the future and reduce our carbon footprint.

Sensory Fitness Clothing

Fitness clothing with built-in specialised haptic software provides vibrations and feedback, and Wearable X support accelerometers design the Nadia X yoga wear. This micro vibrating motor is interwoven within the fabric. The vibrations sensed from the material can support your movements and trigger the sensor to perceive how to move your body during exercise routines such as yoga, running or walking activities.

Communication Clothing

Have you ever thought about what your clothes may be saying about you and your personality? Know you can express yourself by making a statement - through messages coded into the material created by CuteCircuit. One of their new products helps you feel, and another item allows you to fully immerse yourself in music.

Sock Sensors

Sensoria Socks contain textile pressure sensors that link to a smartphone app. This smart fabric can count the number of steps you take, and it can monitor your pace, records how many calories you have burned, and records how your foot lands on the ground when you walk. This may be beneficial to marathon runners, speed walkers and sportspeople, and women.

Green Fashion Saves Lives

Green fashion and sustainable fashions are growing movements, and their success is creating significant change within the fashion industry landscape. Sustainable fashion also drives systems towards ecological integrity, social justice, cultural differences, and an improvement in social factors.

Sustainable fashion supports our planet by helping the environment in the following ways: 

  • Sustainable fashion preserves and saves natural resources.

  • It helps to reduce the carbon footprint.

  • It saves the lives of animals.

  • Sustainable fashion supports safer working practices and working conditions for millions of workers in factories across the world.

  • Sustainable fashion is healthier for people and our planet.

  • It does not support child labour.

Living a life that supports every aspect of sustainable living will help you love your clothes and your life by following Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.

  • By reducing waste, you cut the need to create messy, unhealthy landfill sites that pollute and damage food chains.

  • Reuse your clothes, support local charities by taking old clothes to charity shops to be resold.

  • Repair your clothes and alter them to create a brand new outfit.

  • Recycle your clothes, furniture, plastics, carrier bags, and recyclable household waste to create storage items and new things to support an eco-lifestyle.

Sustainable Business

Owning a sustainable business is an excellent opportunity to see how your input makes a difference playfully and for you to make an ethical impact first hand.

Here are six effective ways to build a successful sustainable business:

  1. Build your business on a belief in caring for your planet.

  2. Stand still and fully embrace change.

  3. Focus on growing green credentials.

  4. Growth and comfort cannot co-exist.

  5. Focus on rooting your business to offer value and support to your customers and clients.

  6. Focus on being innovative and open to new ideas and ways of trading.

There are many kinds of eco-businesses for you to discover,

Take a look at some of these ideas that could help you to set up your own business:

  • Green Finances.

  • Organic Catering.

  • Sustainable Construction.

  • Eco-friendly landscaping.

  • Second-hand Stores.

  • Green Consulting Services.

  • Handmade all-natural/ Organic Products.

  • Eco-friendly Beauty Salons

  • Farmers Market Vendor.

  • Bicycle Repairs and Refurbishing.

  • Upcycling Furniture

  • Eco-friendly retail.

  • Environmental Publications

  • Green Franchises


In our changing world, fashion and technology have the potential to lead in building a better world that supports business, technology, ecology, culture, social justice, and rebuilding global economies.

You can also play your part by buying sustainable fashion. You could also consider investing in eco-friendly sourced products and change your life by living a green lifestyle.

However, if this is not for you, think about contributing and play your part in reducing climate change by using less of our natural resources and adopt a conservative attitude.

Everyone on our planet has a role to play in saving our world, protecting our natural habitats, and caring for our endangered creatures. 

But this all can start here and now with you.

What will you do to play your part?

Learning Through Life, Life Through Learning

Written by Deborah M. Hodgetts

 There are many areas that you can use to broaden and connect life with homeschooling. Why do we need to leave all of the homeschooling to an aligned curriculum?

Maybe it’s time to start creating change to learning and learning for life.

Life and learning connect and should not be treated as separate entities. This factor is more so if homeschooling is your educational modem for your family.

Learning through life and incorporating this into your homeschooling can build a basis for expanding your child’s educational growth potential. Connecting every aspect of life provides a rich resource for broadening your child’s skillset and enriching their knowledge base. 

When life and learning are connected, it can create a platform that changes the potential for change and introduces excitement in the future.

Here are a few possible ideas to help you to support your child:

  • Create learning opportunities and connect with local businesses for activities to support learning. 

  • Develop creativity, music, and connections with the broader world.

  • Encourage and engage with fun non-educational activities. 

  • You are making expanding your child’s experience rich in color and positivity.

  • Introduce meditation, yoga, and well-being practices.

Lessons From Outside The Box

Learning does not need to revolve around a structured learning program. Many children learn and develop much quicker by being allowed to explore and learn through play. By allowing children to connect with life experiences, they can learn lessons outside of the box and a staid routine and learning mode. This may have been challenging during the current pandemic, and thinking outside of the box may have been curtailed. As the global picture starts to change again, we will begin to find favorable opportunities to engage with other people and prospects. 

Capturing Imagination

Creating imaginative projects that you can do with your children could include learning about electricity and learn life skills, such as learning about Emergency AC Repair. However, this is something you may have to modify to ensure your child’s health and safety. 

Innovative learning and connections are an excellent way to make a difference, ensuring that the way that works best for your child’s well-being and education is your priority.

You could add a new dimension to learning by introducing a digital interaction, use apps, digital programs, and connectivity with other child-friendly technologies.

The key is to be open to new approaches and strategies that open up to reveal successful connectivity.   

Connecting With The Natural World

As the world starts to emerge from the current Coronavirus pandemic. It is uncertain how this will impact your child in their learning experience; however, you can create a stable structure by creating a planned approach that reflects your child’s potential. 

Venture outside and connect with nature, link into learning center’s that teach about climate change and natural methods of living a sustainable life. 

Allow your child to play in nature, make mud pies, learn about the elements, and help them form their natural connections; life learning is limitless.  

                                                  Complex Glass


 He hides his lies,

                                      like velvet folds.

Rich in colour,

folded neatly.


Stiff and inflexible.


She presses closely,

                                         like ice against water.

         Transparent and clear.

Glassy and fragile.


Splintering, fracturing.


                                 They stand jagged,

prisms of disillusion.

                                                    Complex and irregular.


                                      Twisted and unending.


Bitter, vacuous voids.


No conclusion.


Voiceless visions.


Of what we both,

are now.


Empty, silence.


Empty, silence.



                               Copyright 2019 Deborah M. Hodgetts

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Happy New Year to all of my followers.

Get ready for new poetry and prose.

Where have I been hiding?

2019 has been an amazing journey...

I have completed four diploma's and gained distinctions, developed my craft as a screenwriter -through attending Talent Campus 5.0; written a commissioned short film; I also have three Feature film scripts in development and a Children's TV drama series and Directed and Produced a short film.

So, life has been very busy over the last year.

However, I have also been busy creating some new poetry and prose.

Keep watching - healing words will be arriving in the next few days.

Much love and joy to you all.

Deborah x


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

'The Curtain Twitchers of Oakley Place' is now available on Kindle for 99p and £6.99 in paperback  on Amazon, Foyles, Waterstones and all online book sites. The book is currently being adapted for film. All sales and royalties from the book are being donated to help the Homeless in the UK, USA and Globally.