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Eloise Grey
Previously sustainable fashion designer, now doing a Scottish history project
Interests: Scottish history, fashion, eco design, ethical & organic living, books, art, movies, theatre, culture, politics, food, dogs
Recent Activity
Thoughts on the History of Emotions and Olivia Coleman on Who Do You Think You Are? Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Eloise Grey
Reflections on the re-normalisation of strikes as universities go into their third week of USS strike action. There may be some hope in all this. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Eloise Grey
Forgive me, readers, for I have been paralysed. It’s been 8 months since my last blog post. A result, you may surmise, of me working terribly hard on my PhD here at Aberdeen University. I’ve done some hard, but also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at Eloise Grey
25 years on, I've gone back to university to do a PhD in history. If you can bear the feeling of starting from zero again, it's an exciting intellectual journey. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at Eloise Grey
Now that I've closed the business, I plan to continue blogging. I've got a few projects in the pipeline, mostly academic, but in a few years time I hope to work on some more design-related projects. I'm feeling rather bereft... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Eloise Grey
I don't shy away from politics on the blog. I don't, however, really enter into mainstream party politics, restricting my thoughts to mostly Green Politics. Somehow, it's non-mainstream so people don't feel too threatened, although, of course, it should be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Eloise Grey
Sorry everyone for my stream of tweets and Facebook messages about my eBay shop. I really do have to get rid of everything. As you know, I'm closing down my fashion business, moving house and my stuff takes up a... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Eloise Grey
You may not know but I lived in Ecuador for two years.. 20 years ago. I was an EFL teacher for The British Council. These were years in which I was still young enough to burn the candle at both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Eloise Grey
I thought it would be nice to share some of my experiences of Eloise Grey Ethical Fashion as I close my business next month. Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Eloise Grey
I started it in 2006 and launched in 2007. I was becoming rather horrified at the ethics and practice of the fast fashion industry and globalisation in particular. At the same time I was increasingly wanting to integrate my growing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Eloise Grey
By North East, I mean this part of Scotland rather than England, as that is how they term it here and I’ve adopted that nomenclature. It covers Aberdeenshire, but also Moray and Angus (the region around Dundee). As a linguist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Eloise Grey
Whilst I think Jess Cartner-Morley is definitely onto something when she writes about how mid-calf skirts and mid-thigh coats look great together, I felt the urge to wear mid-calf skirts this year and felt I needed a longer coat. So,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Eloise Grey
Being an environmentalist is a journey, as is everything, of course. When I started my business back in 2007 I was very committed; I wanted my business and my life to be perfectly sustainable and ethical and local and everything... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Eloise Grey
An account of my research project in Aberdeenshire and some of my ancestors who I find interesting Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Eloise Grey
I am struggling to remember what the genesis of this journey was. Maybe it was discovering my Ogilvie ancestors had been slave-owners in colonial South Carolina around the time of watching Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Maybe it's had... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Eloise Grey
When it's not too windy I take the dog to Crovie, about 25 mins drive from me. It really is my favourite village in Aberdeenshire; somewhat reminiscent of Capri in that you can't bring a car here. A more modest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Eloise Grey
A quick update on some of the stock on my website. If I'm feeling brave, next time I'll put a picture of yours truly in the Maugham jacket.. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Eloise Grey
I muse about what I learned in my three year digital interlude, working in London, before going back to the craft here in Aberdeenshire. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Eloise Grey
I have a bit of catching up to do with my readers. I'll probably share more detail in the next few months as I ease into the luxury of more time. But, the headline news is that six weeks ago... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Eloise Grey
More than a week ago, but still kind of fresh in my mind, I went to Marina Abramovic's 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Eloise Grey
A bold burst of Ptolemy Mann colour opens 8th April in Clerkenwell. Pop- up shop for Ptolemy's bed linen, Gelims, Rugs, Eloise Grey dresses and more. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Eloise Grey
The sun is so welcome, after these rainy months. But, somewhat sadly, I feel the need to say goodbye to my tweeds as summer slowly emerges. It happens gradually; I find myself still needing something warm, but want brightness and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Eloise Grey
I loved this post - and will certainly read the book. Your writing is so engaging. I hear that 'Quietism' is a growing movement. Indeed I can only find calm and return to a sense of myself by being alone; it fuels a return to the fray. I also recommend Sara Maitland's book 'Silence'. And the outfit. Reminiscent of Pearly Queen; a taste of spring.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2012 on White Out Part II at Style Bubble
I've been planning to do this since it launched and this is definitely the best blog post I've read about it. Now to find some willing friends who are game. I am big on tweed but fear my bicycle is too modern.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2011 on Tweeeeeeeeeeed! at Style Bubble
Like Cornflower I had trouble at the beginning, almost giving up. It felt like I was reading a rather experimental, whimsical book by a worthy Edwardian who was playing the writer. I suspended too much judgement and went with the flow of what seemed like a period piece. In fact, I found myself quite engrossed with the characters, the 'leisured existence' and the funny way what seemed outrageous in that era was quite different to what we'd find shocking today. Like Rhys I enjoyed my perceptions of each character and the individual to be challenged and surprised. But, I can't say it was anything particularly masterful, compared to someone like Pirandello. The novel seemed to lose it's grip in the end as it raced to the unsatisfying conclusion. Having said that, I did enjoy the read. I think I'd have trouble genuinely recommending it to anyone unless I knew they liked to study literature.
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