Author - FrancescaPalange

Sophia Mulheran Designs: Sustainable and Ethical Homewares, Stationery and Giftware

Sophia is a brand of sustainable and ethical homewares, stationery and giftware. It is our goal to continuously give back to the environment and community through our various projects. At this point in time, we’re currently working towards removing 1 Million pieces of rubbish from the environment and planting 500 native trees for Australian wildlife. We also ensure that our business is as sustainable as possible by: Maintaining a plastic free business Planting 1 tree for every shipment Removing 100 pieces of rubbish [...]

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Emma Bevan: Combining Traditional Techniques With Contemporary Designs

My name is Emma, I live in the Brecon Beacons. I am a mum, artist, tutor and events organiser. The wool I use is sourced locally, from smallholders and suppliers in Britain, and mainly hand-dyed. Using local wool creates another link between myself and the landscape, and felt-making allows me to explore my relationship with nature and the environment, to create art whilst being hands-on and immerse myself in its tactile and soothing processes. I combine traditional techniques with contemporary [...]

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HatsOff BootsOn: Milliner and Shoemaker

Hi, I am Rositta Priestley. My creative business is HatsOff BootsOn. I am an innovative designer-maker milliner and shoemaker in London SE25. I have been an avid upcycler all of my life. When I look at anything, rather than seeing what it is, I visualise how I could use it to shape a hat or boot. My inspiration comes from 1920s to 1950s and beyond, with my own unique and effervescent style coming through. My millinery and shoemaking skills are combined with [...]

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Mrs Leather Creates: Handmade Homewares and Textile Art Created from Natural Fibres

Hand made homewares and textile art created from natural fibres printed with handmade natural dyes, botanical prints and cyanotype photograms. The maker: Helen Lunn. Born, raised and continue to live in Sale, a residential suburb south of Manchester UK. Making has been a constant in my life along with an interest in the environment. Looking at the everyday with a fresh eye, sometimes to the surprise of others. My dining table for a while was a “ Black and Decker” work [...]

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Biohm: Research and Development Led Company That Allows Nature to Lead Innovation in the Construction Industry

Biohm is a research and development led company that allows nature to lead innovation in the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable built environment. Placing biological systems at the heart of their inspiration, they combine ideologies of the circular economy and human-centred design with future-tech to create a step-change in building technologies, materials and manufacturing methods. They are driven by a continuous stream of interdisciplinary ground-breaking research. Through collaborations with industrial and academic partners they aim [...]

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Bryn Pratt-Boyden: Textile and Costume Designer

Bryn Pratt-Boyden is starting out as a freelance Fashion, textile and costume designer/maker living in London. His work is very experimental but sustainable and ethical at the same time. Using a vast array of fabrics, from vintage Japanese denim scraps, to fish skin leather, he sustainably produces his work on his narrowboat in London, making interesting yet wearable and durable clothing. ​His textiles are all eco friendly, such as patchwork from old scraps of fabric, knitting with sustainable and fair [...]

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Hushwing Watercolors: Producing Watercolour Paint by Returning to a Rich History of Paint Making

As an artist, materials are what allow you to bring your vision to life; the medium acts as a language for your art. Your ideas deserve to be communicated with care and elegance. Here at Hushwing watercolors, we strive to offer you a tool which will breathe life into your unique concepts. Our handcrafted watercolor paints are made with the same precision and artistry you put into your work. Hushwing offers a unique approach to the production of watercolor paint by [...]

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BOTANICAL INKS Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects

Author: Babs Behan Photography: Kim Lightbody Each section opens with an evocative two-page photograph. Photos of nature, including close ups of leaves and flowers, images of collecting plants along country roads, detail of materials, containers, and the studio and work table, run through the book. Together with the expansive, articulate, and well-researched text, they create a narrative. This book was conceived of as a guide, but also a travel and experimentation companion for those who wish to try dyeing at home. And experimentation [...]

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Huskup: The Reusable, Rice Husk Cup

Huskup is a new reusable and biodegradable coffee cup that utilises an abundant waste material – the humble rice husk – to make each takeaway tea, coffee or hot chocolate that little bit greener. Durable and dishwasher safe, but entirely free from plastic, trees, BPA and melamine, this unassuming little cup is setting a new bar for the eco-friendly caffeine fix in the UK. The development of this product is in response to the 7 million disposable coffee cups we [...]

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The Green House Hotel: The Eco-friendly Hotel Alternative

Olivia O’Sullivan – General Manager of the leading Eco-hotel The Green House Hotel Back when The Green House Hotel opened in 2010, we had a vision to create the most sustainable and eco-friendly hotel in the UK. The values and ethos of the hotel reflect my own personal values, and as a team we consider the ethical value of everything we do. Eight years on we are an award-winning destination venue, striving to remain at the forefront of sustainability and ethical hospitality [...]

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