Simple Shoemaking: Learning how to create your own eco friendly shoes

Some people sell their products, and some other teach you how to make them. This last is the case of Simple Shoemaking, an organisation offering books with patterns and directions for making the most ecological and simple shoes possible. There is definitely an alternative to buying factory-made footwear, and making your own from ecological materials… Read More Simple Shoemaking: Learning how to create your own eco friendly shoes

Experimenting with natural dyes: an old pan, water, lots of onions and an expert teacher

The account of a day of experimentation. There are a number of reasons why Michela decides to pay me a visit in the Abruzzo: a yearning for the mountains (Campo Imperatore, a mountain grassland, is a stone’s throw away), a desire to get away from her workshop in Rimini for a few days before she… Read More Experimenting with natural dyes: an old pan, water, lots of onions and an expert teacher

Learning practical skills with Little Hands Design CIC

Recently we had the pleasure to meet Astrid, the director of a non-profit initiative called Little Hands Design CIC. Little Hands Design CIC runs activities, such as after school sewing clubs and holiday classes to children who are 6 years old and above from a lovely studio in north London. In our ‘fast fashion’ society, the fact that children are… Read More Learning practical skills with Little Hands Design CIC

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… Read More Stella Harding: Manual Work beyond the Boundaries of Tradition

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… Read More Elisabeth Berthon: From Mother Nature to a Unique Designer

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… Read More Alexandra Drenth: Reinterpreting Embroidery in a Sustainable Key

The Toy Factory

No Serial Number is thrilled to invite you to the Fabbrica dei Giocattoli (The Toy Factory) in Viterbo, a lovely medieval town in northern Lazio, Italy. This event was organised by No Serial Number in Italy upon request of the Cultural Association Caffeina Cultura and will be running every day until the 8th of January, The Toy Factory invites children and adults to create sustainable… Read More The Toy Factory