Author - Francesca Palange

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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Zestria on Etsy: Upcycled Designs

I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, who looks for fabrics and runs the virtual business, makes the coffee in the mornings and sweeps the floor in the evening. I remember the very day when my grandmother taught me to sew cross stitch. She made beautiful tablecloths or wall cloths enriched with so many ancient symbols like the tree of life, spirals, sun, moon, zigzags… She had no pattern, she knew all by [...]

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Project: From an Old Pair of Jeans…

Old fashion magazines and old, unusable pairs of jeans were what inspired this project. I also added some small scraps of fabric which were bought in a sale at Liberty in London. They were one of those irresistible purchases that you make, even when you’re not sure what you’d use them for. They are too small to use for a garment, but perfect for a project! There are so many interesting ideas to be found in old magazines. I can use almost all the [...]

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Experimenting With Natural Dyes in Fashion Textile

Throughout our lives, fabric, cloth, textiles and fashion dominate. We use clothes to cover ourselves, to express our personality and identity, along with it being a vital part of our comfort and sense of belonging. This is why it is important we understand fabrics, what they are made of, what they are dyed with, and how our bodies react to these elements. With the increasing use of polyester and man made fibres on the high street it is now [...]

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From an old trunk… 
An old nightdress and some lace

If you one of the growing group of people who just can’t resist a second hand shop, then these few lines and photos are dedicated to you! The story begins in a second hand shop, where, amongst thousands of items jumbled together, piled up high on a shelf with old cotton sheets and hand woven hemp, I find an old nightdress. The fabric is the same as the sheets, simply cut, unsophisticated. It is clearly the work someone inexperienced in [...]

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Upcycled Keepsakes and Vintage Buttons: Preserving Family Traditions

Guest Article by Amanda Chapman When did it all start my love and passion for up-cycling and vintage? I could say almost 2 years ago after I created myself a keepsake from leftover lace form my wedding dress and some of my late Grandma’s buttons – but actually these passions started long before that. My Grandma’s were both very resourceful women, but for different reasons; one Grandma had to be, where as my other Grandma was very much made from the [...]

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RE:DONE: Re:Use, Re:Imagine, Re:Cycle, Re:Purpose, Re:Loved

All the products that Emma Nicol sells have had a past life and, where possible, a bit of their history retained on the pieces themselves. Each piece is Re:Imagined and gently Re:Worked breathing new life into it. Emma loves hunting for ‘treasure’ in charity shops, flea markets house clearances and even skips. She loves imagining the possibilities of how that once loved object can be Re:Used, Re:Purposed and Re:Loved. Based in Nottingham, England, Emma know how to reinvent objects! You’ll want [...]

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Natasja Fakkeldij: Anything is a Valid Material for a Beautiful Bag

Natasja Fakkeldij was born in the Netherlands but she currently lives, works and cycles in beautiful Ireland. She grew up in a small village called Nisse where she had a neighbour who was a tailor, and who – without knowing – inspired Natasja and impulsed her love for textiles. But Natasja’s passion for textile is not just related to craftsmanship but to recycling. From a jacket’s pocket, a piece of a skirt, a print of a t-shirt, an old woollen [...]

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Ideas for Recycling the Smallest Scraps

As I get on with the work – hemming a number of Eco-Print cotton gauze scarves by hand – a pile of random strips of material in all shades of brown, from the lightest to the darkest, mounts up on my work table… I almost inadvertently find myself winding them into balls while I think about which crochet project they could be useful for. I realise that, from one moment to the next, my mind keeps coming back to one [...]

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