Rebekah Theobald-Brown is a textiles student based in the UK who focuses on surface print and decoration. She enjoys exploring and recycling different materials including leather to help towards a more sustainable future for fashion. Rebekah is at the end of course studying BA Textiles for Fashion at the University of Northampton.
Wanting to make a difference with her work Rebekah has focused her work on reducing waste caused by the fashion industry in her research and found great interest in leather as a raw material and wanted to explore this more.
Creating a story behind her work Rebekah has worked with the local on-site leather tannery at the university of Northampton to create her collection of samples and products. Using unwanted and scrap pieces of leather (that otherwise would end up as waste) she has combined her textiles skills and recycled the leather to give it a new life. Northampton is known for it shoe factories and leather suppliers, including the well-known shoe brand Dr Martens, which is what had inspired Rebekah to focus her material choice on leather keeping it all locally sourced.