Author - FrancescaPalange

Elvis & Kresse: Transforming Used Fire-hoses Into a Range of Luxury Accessories

For over the last 13 years Elvis & Kresse have saved all of London’s fire-hoses, transforming them into a range of luxury accessories and donating 50% of the profits to The Fire Fighters Charity. From the first day they had a unique DNA: rescue, transform, donate. In 2005 Elvis & Kresse had a chance meeting with the London Fire Brigade and had a very emotional response to their damaged, decommissioned fire-hose. Kresse saw it as too heroic and too beautiful for [...]

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Mud & Bloom: Seasonal Nature Crafts and Gardening Activities

Mud & Bloom is a monthly subscription box delivering seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Each box contains everything you need for four seasonal growing and craft activities along with instructions, nature news and games to teach children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall. The boxes have been created for 3-8 year old’s by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education. The boxes have been developed with the busy parent [...]

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Katrina Rodabaugh: Artist, Writer, and Crafter Working Across Disciplines to Explore Environmental and Social Issues Through Traditional Craft Techniques

Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments instead of buying new clothing. She also grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. Her work [...]

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Pathcarvers: An Organisation that Promotes the Beneficial Aspects of Craft and the Creative Arts

Pathcarvers is an organisation that promotes the beneficial aspects of craft and the creative arts, particularly to those who find access difficult. We also support artisans who would like to make a career from their craft. We are based in Birmingham, but we are a burgeoning international movement, with a loose collective that is working hard to make the world a better, more beautiful, and more creative place. Pathcarvers is feature in the Winter Issue 2018. The latest issue of the [...]

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Mouse in the House: Created From Fragments of Stuff and Memories

Mouse in the House is the product of my noisy brain and an overactive imagination. The ever-growing mischief of mice reside behind the house walls and are collectors of treasure, eaters of cheese, painstakingly created from fragments of stuff and memories, scraps of fabric, pieces of broken things, lost buttons and forgotten moments… I’ve always had a fascination with stories, histories, early stop-frame animations and I collect profusely. I work with salvaged fragments of fabric, paper, wood and metal, with [...]

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How Do You Avoid Over Packaging?

Totally unrelated to craft but I wanted to share this with you anyway… I don’t usually shop online. I am old fashion when it comes to shopping, I enjoying getting a feel of the items, actually touching them, before buying or handpicking the food and being able to see exactly what I am getting. Also I like that I can take my own bags to do my shopping so I try to avoid as much waste as I can. From [...]

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Botanical Being: Connecting Your Self With the Energy From Plants and the Earth

Botanical Being is a new way to live your life – connecting your self with the energy from plants and the earth. Using natural resources and mindfully sourced ingredients, the products are created in the studio and added to the gallery. Maria is the being at the centre of this concept, a teacher, consultant and textile artist who is passionate about the work she creates and wants to enhance your being by bringing these elements into your life. Whether [...]

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Freeweaver Saori Studio

Freeweaver Saori Studio provides hand weaving classes on Japanese floor looms that are easy to use and support an intuitive way of weaving, aiming to allow each weaver to utilise the loom as a vehicle of self expression. The art of Saori weaving was developed in Japan in the late Sixties by Misao Jo (1913-2018). As well as weaving classes, we also have a range of ethical yarns as well as Saori equipment. Freeweaver Saori Studio is a registered Saori studio. We [...]

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Eloïse Sentito: A Nomadic Handweaver Touring the Celtic Lands in a Retro Motorhome

Hailing from Dartmoor, England, I am a nomadic handweaver touring the Celtic lands in a retro motorhome. A designer-maker and sole-trader, I founded These Isles in 2014. I make, to your spec or my whim, fine and rugged scarves, snugs, cowls, shawls, blankets and rugs for low-impact, woollen, landscape medicine. I sell on Etsy. I write. I resist race-to-the-bottom economics and plug eco-socialist principles. I barter. I sometimes teach. I convene The Green Cloth Collective. I also sell pretty [...]

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STHfromNTH: Upcycled and Customised Products

STHfromNTH makes upcycled and customised products from what we call ‘rubbish’ and throw away everyday. Our aim is to reduce reliance on our throw away culture by showing that these items can be turned into functional and valuable objects, impressive works of art, toys or presents and be great fun to make! You can find ready to purchase products in our online shop or order a custom one. Recently we started working on upcycling workshops for children and adults [...]

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