Author - Jacquie Rosenbach

Nick Neddo: Organic Art, Organic Artist

“As I learned that the human world was not always to be trusted, my love for “the natural world” became more central to my life.” Nick Neddo has been making art since he could bresrst pick up a crayon. He grew up exploring the wilderness around him, in Vermont: wetlands, forests, and fields of his bioregion to which he developed a profound sense of curiosity, respect, and love. As a youngster, Nick already found an interest that would become his [...]

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Po-Zu, Ethical Footwear

“Some of the greatest technology solutions on earth are found in the natural world.” As Po-Zu’s website states, modern footwear is surprisingly damaging. As the pace of fashion has quickened we’ve begun buying more shoes, and throwing them away more easily. Traditional shoe-crafting has given way to mass-production, eating up resources and sending an average of three pairs of shoes per person to landfill every year. The quest for cheaper and faster production has also encouraged the exploitation of vulnerable [...]

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Maria Voto: The Importance of Keeping Traditional Handicrafts Alive

Words from the only weaver from Vico del Gargano, Italy. Once upon a time looms were constantly working at Vico del Gargano. And women had a fundamental role in the development of handicrafts, particularly woven fabrics for everyday use and special occasions, for furnishing, and for the house in general. Looms where then an essential aspect of the domestic economy which also involved the cultivation of hemp. But this scenario is impossible to find nowadays in the region, and actually Maria [...]

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Stella Harding: Manual Work beyond the Boundaries of Tradition

“Basketry deserves to be appreciated as a living, evolving tradition that develops with each new generation.” She went for the visual arts when studying, but suddenly realised she should veer to sculpture. And then, in an attempt to fix her own vintage baskets, Stella enrolled in a basketry course. These two points in the life of this Sheffield born, now London based, artists where defining for her engagement to contemporary basketry. Stella Harding weaves three-dimensional, mixed media structures: including large-scale wall [...]

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Rosso di Robbia: A Career out of Natural Dyes

“Maple is my favourite leaf” Michela Pasini’s is one of those cases in which the brand and the artist’s personality can’t be separated. They share the same values. So when speaking about Michela or Rosso di Robbia, we are talking about the same: passion for sustainable designs. Rosso di Robbia is Michela’s natural dyeing workshop where she works with natural yarns and fabrics to create hand-made clothing, accessories and home textiles with the exclusive use of colours coming from plant extracts. [...]

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Barbara Munsel and Jetty Dijkshoorn: Fascination for the Indigo

“Our mission is to create awareness for forgotten textile crafts.” One is an eco-friendly fashion designer, the other an entrepreneur dedicated to Marmorino plaster. They share a passion for sustainability and fashion and after some cappuccinos sipped together, they decided to open Arte-Klatsch, a creative art platform located in an old townhouse in one of the most beautiful streets in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Next to Barbara and Jetty’s atelier, Arte-Klatsch includes a beautiful glasshouse which functions as a workshop space. In [...]

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Rebecca Desnos: Designs with Care and Joy

“If you don’t enjoy the process, what’s the point?” Photo credit Rebecca Desnos Rebecca defines herself as a natural dyer, designer, maker and author. She is the kind of person who besides from being vegan, she also tries to avoid whenever possible any sort of toxic chemical in all the aspects of her life. Her journey with natural dyes began several years ago when she started experimenting with plant extracts and she fall in love with the rainbow of colours that nature offered. [...]

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Elisabeth Berthon: From Mother Nature to a Unique Designer

“I quickly understood that the felt making was going to become my new universe.” Elisabeth Berthon speaks about time. Time as a source for dedication, patience and solitude. She assures her designs require a time-oriented approach mainly because of her interest in experimentation with biodegradable textiles. Actually, her love for handmade wool felt also started at a time of exploration, exploration of the self, when she was doing a round-the-world sail trip and arrived to New Zealand. And since she [...]

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Alexandra Drenth: Reinterpreting Embroidery in a Sustainable Key

“If I give attention to my work, time disappears and gives me endless freedom to create.” Alexandra specialises in hand embroideries and collage techniques. This sort of label sounds quite simple but actually beyond it, there is a deep sense of sustainable and quality-time oriented practice. A woman who knows how to bring innovation into a traditional craft, who utilises materials from a timeless place and time, a mix between sentiment, tradition and transience. Alexandra, who lives and works in Amsterdam, [...]

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Adriana Santanocito: Research, Fashion and Passion for Sicily

“Behind every innovative product that wants to go to market, there needs to be an awareness of how industrial logic and economics work.” An enthusiast for fashion, an entrepreneur, a creator, a forward-thinker. This is how Adriana Santanocito, founder of Orange Fiber, could be described. Orange Fiber is one of those amazing startups that makes you believe in the power of creative thinking. The company aims to use the byproducts from the citrus juice industry – currently valuing 700.000 tonnes just [...]

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