Tag - handmade

Makership as an Act of Resistance

By Eloïse Sentito, nomadic handweaver of These Isles I’m a handweaver, an occupation I chose as marginally more feasible and achievable than the musical one that my heart would wish. And I was always bound to a certain type of landscape. This was Dartmoor’s rugged torscape when I first went into business, and then an unavoidable uprooting made me reconsider the identities of both self and business as I took us both a-travelling these isles. In an old converted motorhome, I [...]

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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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Louise O’Hara: Mixed Media Artist

I am a professional mixed media artist based in the heart of Cheshire and I create work from my studio at home, within my work I use a combination of layered surfaces from paint, ink, stitch, fabric and ephemera to create one off intricate mixed media pieces. My work has been described as quintessentially English, romantic and nostalgic. My work explores the richness of light and the colour and texture which I see around me, often focussing on rugged [...]

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Debbie Lyddon: Artist and Maker

Debbie Lyddon is an artist and maker based in Surrey and Norfolk, UK. Her creative practice explores landscape and place and her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings. Debbie’s interest lies in the perception of natural phenomena that occur in her immediate surroundings and her current practice explores the processes of change that occur in a coastal environment. Air, wind, water, light and sound are forever shifting with continuous and infinitesimal change; Debbie’s work explores these visible [...]

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Papoutsi Shoes: Unique designs, unique materials

Vegetable tanned leather shoes? Vegan shoes? You can’t believe it? But it is true! Papoutsi shoes is a dutch brand producing handmade shoes for kids and adults. If you are wondering how would it feel to wear them, then we can tell that it feels like walking barefoot, but with the protection of a shoe. So you can definitely use them outdoors as shoes, or indoors as slippers while stimulating a healthy posture for free and natural movement. All Papoutsi shoes [...]

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TJ Design Clothing: Pure Hand Dyed Clothing

Trisha and Jill love and enjoy creating hand-made garments for women. Their offer ranging from scarves, tops, coats and bloused are handmade and hand dyed utilising natural colours. Every piece is unique! We highly recommend having a look at their materials, because they are include beautiful stuff as eucalyptus leaves. Trisha makes no effort to control the plants, water, and many other variables that create an adventure with every bundle that she opens. Plants change with the seasons as does [...]

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From an Antique Roll of Hemp Fabric: a Country Style Centre Piece for a Table

Whenever you go to an antiques fair you always return with something which fuels your imagination. A trip to ‘C’era una Volta’ (Once Upon a Time) Antiques Fair – the fair that runs from September to April in the big Cesena exhibition centre – is an unforgettable experience. Once we returned with an enormous roll of antique hemp fabric. It’s triple the size of normal fabric rolls (one roll = almost 9 metres of material = a sheet for the [...]

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Discover the ‘Unpaper Towels’

Our ‘Unpaper towels’ came about because we were always using paper towels to clean up everything. Spills on the counter and floor, food on faces, wetting and dusting book shelves etc. and we started really noticing how much waste we were going through when we would empty our recycling and garbage and it was full of them. My husband suggested I start sewing reusable cloths, which we would keep stacked on our knife block to use for such spills. [...]

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Tutorial: How to Make Your Own Memory Basket from Old Clothes
 Guest Post by Nancy Shafee

Nancy Shafee never can throw anything away! She has been collecting fabrics since she was about twelve years old and now makes ‘memory baskets’ for people from their own hoarded fabrics, no-longer-worn clothing or saved children’s dresses, so they have a useful item that still holds all the memories and saves their favourite fabrics at the same time! You can do this yourself too – here she gives you the instructions for an oval basket, as this is easier to [...]

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