Tag - upcycle

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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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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Project: From an Old Pair of Jeans…

Old fashion magazines and old, unusable pairs of jeans were what inspired this project. I also added some small scraps of fabric which were bought in a sale at Liberty in London. They were one of those irresistible purchases that you make, even when you’re not sure what you’d use them for. They are too small to use for a garment, but perfect for a project! There are so many interesting ideas to be found in old magazines. I can use almost all the [...]

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Ideas for Recycling the Smallest Scraps

As I get on with the work – hemming a number of Eco-Print cotton gauze scarves by hand – a pile of random strips of material in all shades of brown, from the lightest to the darkest, mounts up on my work table… I almost inadvertently find myself winding them into balls while I think about which crochet project they could be useful for. I realise that, from one moment to the next, my mind keeps coming back to one [...]

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Tutorial: Make Your Patchwork Blanket with Recycled Old Knits Guest Article by Sofia Verna

Knits are wonderful to work with, easy and forgiving, perfect to recycle. When sewing use the largest stitch on your machine, and you do not need to finish the inside seams. Selects about 4 or 5 knit wool sweaters or pullovers that you want to recycle, the bigger the better;  Choose colours that harmonize, and use knits similar in thickness;  Cut up the sweaters, and put the pieces in piles; Take a larger piece and pin a smaller one on to overlap on top, [...]

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Project Selvage: Responsible fashion

Originally started as a blog so Shannon, the initiator of Project Selvage, could keep herself in the loop of ethical and sustainable fashion while studying for her degree, this blog is now turning to be a real-life social business. Through Project Selvage, Shannon wants to reduce the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfill while also making consumers aware of the ethical and environmental effects of the fashion industry. Shannon is sure that education is the key to [...]

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PRINTA: Eco-fashion, silk-screen printing and Budapest

Printa is one of the first environmentally conscious brands in Hungary that is engaged in designing and making a wide range of products. Be it a souvenir, a piece of clothing, accessories or graphics, their ideology is predominantly based on three main words: Budapest, eco-fashion and silk-screen printing. Printa’s Pest Collection is composed of eco-friendly materials that remodel the conventional souvenirs with a fresh touch of silk-screen printing. Budapest’s non-official symbols decorate the collections’ T-shirts, bags, notebooks and postcards. Their [...]

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GONE RUSTIC: Life and thoughts impressed

Rita Summers’ business, Gone Rustic Studio, opened in 2003 in a rented building.  In 2004, together with her husband, they purchased a disused garage in St. Marys, Tasmania, Australia and transformed this dilapidated building into a studio and gallery. This is where Rita makes, displays and sells her own work (as well as other people’s quality handmade items), offers classes and hosts exhibitions of local artisans and travelling displays. Rita creates whenever she can, because art is integral to her [...]

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Casa del Duende: Upcycling vintage fabrics

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. Handmade Kimono Slippers These amazing and beautiful slippers are [...]

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Ekolubi: Eco-friendly jewellery

Ekolubi offers fabric necklaces, bracelets, decoration and other nice follies all made of recycled and upcycled materials. Its creator, Corine Villeneuve, is a graphic designer who enjoys working with crafts and transforming materials that would be otherwise thrown away. Reinventing the uses of different objects in order to reduce our ecological footprint is then one of Corine hobbies. Years ago she started her own company dedicated mainly to light necklaces. These are stretchable, soft, eco-friendly and even washable! Have a [...]

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