Author - FrancescaPalange

Mattricaria: products made by hand and dyed with natural fabrics using only natural dyes

Maibe Maroccolo​​ founded Mattricaria in 2011 to offer products made by hand and dyed with natural fabrics, using only natural dyes. ​Leaves, flowers, roots and seeds stamp on the brand the authenticity of a Brazilian product; promoting traditional handcraft techniques and the potential of the Brazilian Cerrado biodiversity. Gathering my experiences I realized that many methods were lost, especially as a result of the emergence of large-scale industries. Natural dyes have a rich history in all cultures around the world. To [...]

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BeWooden

The young start-up 2013 was founded near Prague with the vision to bring joy through unique handcrafted products. Sustainability, individuality and creativity are the maxims that come with BeWooden. Local wood and the connection of several local craftsmen guarantee the highest quality possible. Regional production played an important role for the founders from the beginning on. Every product is created with lovely handwork. It is time to say goodbye to fast-fashion and share joy through unique wooden bow ties, [...]

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Twisted Fern Designs

Twisted Fern Designs has been creating high quality cruelty free, sustainable Jewellery since June 2017. After living and working in the remote mountains of the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Victoria was inspired to provide an earth kind alternative to mass produced fast fashion items. Her love of nature and passion for creating can be seen in all of her unique creations. Each piece is individually designed and created with 100% recycled sterling silver, sustainably harvested Portuguese Cork Cord and [...]

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Vintageisavirtue Vintage Store

VINTAGEISAVIRTUE VINTAGE STORE A lifelong appreciation of wacky colours, sparkle and patterned loveliness, teamed up with the thrill of finding treasure started this little venture! All of the colourful vintage items you see in my shop has a had a little story of it’s own already, been handpicked by me, and then lovingly restored and cared for ready for it’s next home. The ‘make do and mend’ mentality is very important to me so the whole ethos of recycling preloved items [...]

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Green Moon Designs

Set up in 2016 in Nottingham England. Green Moon Designs is a brand that supplies organic, fairtrade, handmade & eco-friendly items. All of the limited-quantity products are created and packaged using sustainable methods and materials. The product information is clearly stated on each product so you can be sure that what you are buying is not at the cost of our planet. Operating on a multiple season style and not short-lived trends, new items are only released when old ones have [...]

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Casa del Duende

The Casa del Duende was set up in October 2013 by director and designer, Justine Dalton. It is dedicated to producing unique accessories and homeware which are both stylish and affordable. The main mission statement of the Casa is to use recycled vintage fabrics to produce individual items aimed at environmentally aware clients who really care about the provenance of their clothing. Each item is designed and handmade at Justine’s London studio. Casa del Duende is featured in the Spring Issue 2018. The latest [...]

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Ruth Thompson of Sylvan Skills, Creative Coppice Worker

Basketry pre-dates both pottery and cloth weaving to stand as one of the oldest crafts in our human history. Baskets have been an essential part of everyday life in practically every culture on every continent and could be considered amongst the earliest decorative art forms, used for everything imaginable, from household storage to fishing. However in the 1950’s plastic became more popular than basketry. The skills began to fall away. Basket weavers, once so many in number, and a vital [...]

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Angelique van der Valk is a Visual Artist Based in the Netherlands

She studied Teacher Training in Visual Arts and Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. After graduation in 2015, Angelique started Studio Angelique van der Valk, a sustainable fine arts studio. Her portfolio includes; paintings, photography, installations and results of material research. Inspired by Cradle to Cradle, her work is based on using natural materials and to explore the possibilities of vegetable waste. Paintings, photography and dried vegetable waste materials are being combined to conceive art and to crossover [...]

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Sarah Cross: Hand Spinner, Weaver and Knitter

Hi, I’m Sarah a hand spinner, weaver and knitter based in wild and windy Mid Wales, UK. I’m passionate about reducing textile and fashion industry waste. As a result, I use waste fibres and leftover stock from textile mills and re-process it so that I can spin it into unique yarns. These are then sold as individual yarn skeins or are used by me to create one of a kind woven or knitted garments and accessories. Sarah’s work is featured in the [...]

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Eve Studd: Natural Dyer, Eco Printer, Tutor, Horticulturalist, Textile Artist

I am a natural dyer and eco printer, growing almost all the plants I use in my wildlife friendly garden on the border between England and Scotland.  The colours of the local landscape are my inspiration – rock, sea and sky – I have a lot of those up here!  The local geology is very varied, influencing the soils and plants and some of the different characteristics can be easily seen on the coastline.  Ancient and traditional dyeplants grow [...]

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