Martin Clark is a forester by training and was once Head of the UK's National School of Forestry. Since 1997, he has been Director of Grampus Heritage and Training and his most recent task has been managing the 9-country 'Green Village' project, funded the the European Union's 'Lifelong Learning Programme'. Now the legacy of Green Village involves building new projects and work on the 4 pillars of sustainability - environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability.
He divides his time between the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia and develops new projects for Grampus, ARCH Network in Scotland, Kato Drys Community Council in Cyprus and Satul Verde Association in Romania. This involves sourcing local training opportunities for UK-based people which saw students and teachers working in Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus. On the near horizon, managing waste, sustainable art, craft and fashion and drawing on the past to learn lessons for a sustainable future.
Martin has contributed to Sublime for over three years and together they ran a series of 'Sustainable Fashion' internships for the joint London colleges, led by Central St. Martin's, University of the Arts London
Martin Clark, director of the Grampus Heritage & Training scheme, shares the story of an upcycled denim initiative that is transforming lives of a new generation of refugees in Cyprus
Martin Clark is Director of Grampus Heritage, an NGO involved in vocational and non-formal training in 32 countries. Since BREXIT, the developmental engine is based much more in Cyprus than the UK. Grampus and Martin have worked with Sublime for the last 14 years.
Since 2015 Europe crossed the line from being chiefly rural to more people living in cities. Young people especially, gravitate towards cities. The countryside empties, dereliction creeps in and older people that remain cannot cope. Using Cyprus as an example, rural refugees arrive from Africa, can they replace lost villagers?
Shepherding: a 12,000-year-old pastoral practice, what has it to do with fashion? The 'nomad look', tanned, windswept, touched by nature, confident in the landscape. Shepherds invented 'layering'; early morning cold, loose layers to shed, as the day warms. Layering up for evening cold with local natural fibres and leather, dyed with earth colours.
Grampus Heritage, in partnership with Sublime Magazine, runs one of Europe’s most successful vocational training programmes. Funded by the EU's ERASMUS PLUS grant, organisations all over Europe receive students and teachers for cultural projects. In the past there have been some great stories – here’s one