Author - Francesca Palange

Kate Cullen: Created by Hand, Curated by Heart

Botanically dyed silk ribbons & handmade paper in the UK. Kate hand dyes natural fibres using plants to create beautiful ribbons for use in floristry and events. She also makes table runners and napkins, all from her home in the beautiful Cotswolds. Kate also offers artistic direction & styling for wedding & lifestyle brands based on her 8 years working with dozens of talented creatives to create meaningful and beautiful imagery that echoes her clients work to perfection, bringing them [...]

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Extinction Rebellion – London, April 2019 #RebelForLife

So last week we have been busy helping out @extinctionrebellion in London! If you haven’t heard of @extinctionrebellion yet, it is an ‘international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.’ They have 3 demands for the Government: 1 #TellTheTruth – Declare a climate and ecological emergency. 2 #ActNow – Halt biodiversity loss and go net #ZeroCarbon2025. 3 #BeyondPolitics – A #CitizensAssembly for climate and ecological justice. If you like [...]

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Sorry for the delay, Good News, XRebellion, Dye Garden, New Name

I can finally email you to say that the magazine is in the hands of the printers and should be with us in a few days! Here’s a snapshot of some of the articles in the Spring 2019 issue, which you can purchase here: The Call of Creative Pathways –  An article about natural dyes and advice for creative businesses One Artist, Many Techniques – Combining natural dyeing with digital printing A Book of Recipes, Many Vegetable Colours, Wool and Fabrics – The discovery of recipe books and samples [...]

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The Art of Mending

Showcasing craft, as we do here at NSN Magazine, is often a unique and varied job. We get articles, expertise, samples, and books shared with us. A bumper crop becomes a chance to discover, spark new ideas, and experiment. When a book arrives with an original title containing an archaic term – like ‘mending’ – we immediately want to leaf through it, take in its contents, and examine the photos. Mending Mattersby Katrina Rodabaugh is one of those books.  The visual layout is [...]

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Practical Experiments in Textile Architecture. Anni Albers at the Tate Modern

Make sure you don’t miss the Anni Albers exhibition, which is on display in the Tate Modern’s spacious exhibition halls. Here at NSN Magazine, when we showcase activities like weaving, we enjoy sharing the unique and personal interpretations, how the creations are designed to be used, and the choice of yarns. Indeed, weaving is one of the oldest craft activities, often relegated to the female domain.  For decades, this skilled practice was confined to passionate female weavers who defied modernity and [...]

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How to Declutter the Eco-Friendly Way

Recycle vs. Throwing Away There are multiple ways to recycle the household items you no longer use rather than just dumping them in the trash. To keep electronics from ending up in the dump, you have a few options. First, you can recycle them. Many nonprofits and communities offer opportunities to recycle electronics, or you can visit www.call2recycle.org to find a drop-off location near you. You can also donate your electronic or gadget to a local nonprofit or charity, or you [...]

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Stitches, Feathers and Natural Colours on Textile as a Metaphor of a Personal Journey Part Two

Guest Article by Roxanne Lasky Go to Previous Page I jotted down every thought that came across my mind. And before long, I was telling a story of migration. Migration of the dyes moving gracefully through the fabric, crossing grid lines and arriving in other spaces. I realized that this echoed the story of my recent migration from Connecticut to South Carolina and I immediately felt connected to the cloth in a whole new way. Each stitch was a step and [...]

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Stitches, Feathers and Natural Colours on Textile as a Metaphor of a Personal Journey Part Three

Guest Article by Roxanne Lasky Go to Previous Page My stitch work has run the gamut of techniques, from the machine variety of free-motion quilting and embroidery to traditional hand embroidered stitches like those that embellish crazy quilts and back pockets of blue jeans. Chain and feather stitches and the simple Kantha of running threads in straight lines of hand quilting or varying their arrangement into shapes and rows of texture. With the final seven feathers, I would need a lighter touch, [...]

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Stitches, Feathers and Natural Colours on Textile as a Metaphor of a Personal Journey

Guest Article by Roxanne Lasky My name is Roxanne Lasky and I am pleased to contribute to the No Serial Number Blog with my take on hand stitching. While I have been a textile artist for quite some time, I started my art journey as a watercolour and oil painter. All of my work is infused with a love of history, nature and personal experience and how they influence the meanings that emerge. I experiment with materials and love dyeing [...]

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Eliana’s Tree: The Bed and Breakfast With a Sustainable Twist!

Hidden among the narrow twisting lanes of the southern Italian ‘cave town’ of Matera, where cats sun themselves on stone walls cut into the rock and mysterious flower-shaped symbols are imbedded in the walls of the Sassi (the old town, literally ‘stones’), lies a very special bed and breakfast. Unlike many hotels and guesthouses, which make a great fanfare about their sustainability policies, such as not changing towels every day or encouraging guests to save water – just common [...]

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