Tag - upcycling

Zestria on Etsy: Upcycled Designs

I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, who looks for fabrics and runs the virtual business, makes the coffee in the mornings and sweeps the floor in the evening. I remember the very day when my grandmother taught me to sew cross stitch. She made beautiful tablecloths or wall cloths enriched with so many ancient symbols like the tree of life, spirals, sun, moon, zigzags… She had no pattern, she knew all by [...]

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From an old trunk… 
An old nightdress and some lace

If you one of the growing group of people who just can’t resist a second hand shop, then these few lines and photos are dedicated to you! The story begins in a second hand shop, where, amongst thousands of items jumbled together, piled up high on a shelf with old cotton sheets and hand woven hemp, I find an old nightdress. The fabric is the same as the sheets, simply cut, unsophisticated. It is clearly the work someone inexperienced in [...]

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Upcycled Keepsakes and Vintage Buttons: Preserving Family Traditions

Guest Article by Amanda Chapman When did it all start my love and passion for up-cycling and vintage? I could say almost 2 years ago after I created myself a keepsake from leftover lace form my wedding dress and some of my late Grandma’s buttons – but actually these passions started long before that. My Grandma’s were both very resourceful women, but for different reasons; one Grandma had to be, where as my other Grandma was very much made from the [...]

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RE:DONE: Re:Use, Re:Imagine, Re:Cycle, Re:Purpose, Re:Loved

All the products that Emma Nicol sells have had a past life and, where possible, a bit of their history retained on the pieces themselves. Each piece is Re:Imagined and gently Re:Worked breathing new life into it. Emma loves hunting for ‘treasure’ in charity shops, flea markets house clearances and even skips. She loves imagining the possibilities of how that once loved object can be Re:Used, Re:Purposed and Re:Loved. Based in Nottingham, England, Emma know how to reinvent objects! You’ll want [...]

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Natasja Fakkeldij: Anything is a Valid Material for a Beautiful Bag

Natasja Fakkeldij was born in the Netherlands but she currently lives, works and cycles in beautiful Ireland. She grew up in a small village called Nisse where she had a neighbour who was a tailor, and who – without knowing – inspired Natasja and impulsed her love for textiles. But Natasja’s passion for textile is not just related to craftsmanship but to recycling. From a jacket’s pocket, a piece of a skirt, a print of a t-shirt, an old woollen [...]

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CREATIONS (RE)NEW: Good Intentions, Good Products

At Creations (Re)New, unique bags, purses, pillows, scarves, and accessories are prayerfully handcrafted. Sustainable goods are created with repurposed, vintage, and rescued materials while practicing time-honoured handcrafts such as sewing, embroidery, knitting and crochet. Mellie, the owner of the enterprise, learned to sew on her mother’s machine, still occasionally sews on her great-grandmother’s Singer, and was taught the art of hand embroidery by her grandmother, Mimi, at a young age. Her passion for nature, sustainable-living and recycling came from her paternal [...]

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Afloat by Peregrine: Bags From Recycled Sails

Peregrine Community School is a small independent primary school nestled in the quiet bush environment of Nicholls Rivulet in the south of the small island state of Tasmania, Australia. It is purposely a small school (70 students from Kinder to Grade 6) where children are nurtured to learn and grow in a natural, responsive and engaging environment. We take the time – and create the space – to build respectful and collaborative relationships. Fundraising for a small school such as [...]

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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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Piracaianas: The perfect shoes for an eco-friendly path

Already as a child, Maria was interested in fashion, mannequins and craftsmanship. When the time came to make a decision, she went to study Fine Art, Fashion and Design in Ssuso Paulo and it was  during this period of her life that she got immersed in the world of shoes. After several working experiences  and continuing education in shoes and fashion, Maria decided to dedicate her time to the development of eco-friendly footwear. “I researched into the history of footwear, [...]

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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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