About Us

At green*fusions we aim to promote traditional crafts to people of all ages, with the addition of an eco-twist to our work. At green*fusions we are passionate about helping to protect the environment; we believe that as craftspeople there is a lot we can do to ensure our craft work has limited impact on the environment. At the same time we greatly believe that creating hand crafted products should be greatly enjoyable, resulting in items which we will treasure for years and won’t become just another throw away item.

Our eco - ethos is about much more than just recycling, reclaiming, revamping and reusing materials, which is great fun and really gets our creative minds working. It’s also about rethinking our ideas and designs so that we also consider the materials we buy and the amounts of new materials we use. Resourcing natural and sustainable materials, especially those produced locally without extensive chemical /mechanical processing will reduce the products impact on the environment. Natural materials such as wool, alpaca, lama, cotton, bamboo, silk and linen alongside the use of wood and bamboo tools, are often more satisfying and rewarding to work with, resulting in a superior end product. More importantly these materials are bio-degradable and won’t still be stuck in a landfill site long after its useful life cycle.

Alongside these eco ideas, it is our prime aim to promote the enjoyment and pleasure which can be gained by making traditional and innovative- contemporary hand crafted items. We aim to offer inspiration and ideas, and produce for purchase a range of hand crafted products 'created by us' and a range of kits 'made by me!' available at our shop in the creative hub and through our on line shop and craft events. Workspace, workshops and tuition are also available at the creative hub for individuals and groups.

We welcome any comments and suggestions you may have by e mail to janet@greenfusions.co.uk, or via our contact page.

Thank you

Janet Hagger-Lay (BSc DMS CertEd CGIL MIfL)

Janet has 30 years’ experience in textiles and education, teaching adults on the City & Guilds: Fashion & Design, Soft Furnishing & Design and Interior Decoration & Design, BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design: Interior Crafts, Textiles and Fashion pathways.

Employment History

1975 Janet worked and trained as a Textile Technologist with Courtaulds Northern Spinning Division at Heron Mill, Oldham, alongside studying Fashion and Design at Oldham Adult Education's Chaucer Street Centre.

1980- Janet was Buyer Manageress for Fabrics & Haberdashery within the Mall shopping complex Union Street Oldham, and qualified as a further education teacher at Oldham Technical College.

1983- Self-employed as Tailoress/Dressmaker/Soft Furnisher and part time tutor with Oldham Community Education Dressmaking for visually impaired and special needs. Provided private dressmaking tuition. Studied Soft Furnishings.

1985- 1990 became a mum to two daughters Sarah & Helen continued to work as Part time tutor and be self-employed.

1992 Studied Interior Design & Decorative Effects. Part time tutor with Oldham Youth and community services and The Oldham College.

1994-2011 Full time Lecturer/Programme Leader The Oldham College teaching City & Guilds: Interior Design and Decorative Paint Effects.

2001-Studied: Diploma In Management Studies (HE level).

2006-Studied: Art History (HE level) & Floral Design.

2008-Studied: Innovation & Design for a Sustainable Future (HE level).

2011 - onwards: self employed

December 2011: Resident designer - maker developing the creative hub - loft space at the Standedge Tunnel visitor centre, Waters Road, Marsden.

CV can be provided on request. Contact janet@greenfusions.co.uk

Richard Hagger MSc BSc(hons) PGCE MIfL

Webmaster: www. greenfusions.co.uk and wood turner creator of the hunky chunky crochet hooks range. Richard also does loom knitting creating different clothing items.

Contact richard@greenfusions.co.uk

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