Guest article by artist Rosalind Pounder A quick visual guide to making a small nest/basket. This took approximately 1 1/2 hours to make using paper string and raffia and is 3.5cm. What you need is 2metres of paper string or jute, raffia, a large needle and scissors; Turn the end of the paper string or jute… Read More Tutorial: How to Make a Nest or a Basket
Ingredients: Three dear grandchildren; Little time to hand; A desire to bring them a gift I have created myself, one for each child; Around 400g of AquiLANA 100% pure virgin wool, which originates from the pastures of The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park in Italy and has been dyed with madder (salmon… Read More Three Tank Tops for Three Dear Grandchildren
I know very well how difficult it is to find a winter coat that will last for a very long time. Fashion always changes season by season and rarely the same winter fashion will come back the following year and most of us feel that we have to follow trends… but we don’t (I was never… Read More The perfect sustainable winter coat exists!
Hidden among the narrow twisting lanes of the southern Italian ‘cave town’ of Matera, where cats sun themselves on stone walls cut into the rock and mysterious flower-shaped symbols are imbedded in the walls of the Sassi (the old town, literally ‘stones’), lies a very special bed and breakfast. Unlike many hotels and guesthouses, which… Read More Eliana’s Tree: the bed & breakfast with a sustainable twist!
Bringing an animal that has been extinct for one hundred years back to life may seem like madness, indeed, it has a touch of Frankenstein about it… nevertheless Dr Reinhold Rau (1932-2006) and his team managed to do it, using the breeding back concept, a kind of artificial selective breeding. In 2016, the team managed… Read More Searching for alternatives to toxic fabrics by recycling plastic bottles: Quagga fashion label
What do the Celts, Vikings and Japanese have in common? It may surprise you, but they have all recently set their sights on… Biella! Yes, you heard that right, Biella, the Italian town world-famous for its yarn and home to a fascinating handicraft studio where valuable threads such as linen, silk cashmere, alpaca, angora and… Read More Shibori, Celtic scarves and weaving techniques: Bleupom Designs
Guest Article by Jacques Williamos Hi everyone. I’m a mixed media eco-artist. Jacques is the shortened form of Jacqueline, which my father began calling me when I was little. I’ve been drawing from as long as I remember and was lucky enough to win third prize in a national schools’ art competition when I was… Read More Painting with Natural Inks such as Coffee Syrup, Vegetables and Fruits
When a passion for the natural world meets craftsmanship, great things can happen. One of the many stories we will tell is set in Piedmont, Italy: situated in the middle of the Susa Valley mountains, not far from the spectacular Sacra di San Michele Abbey, is the “BIO ATMOSFERE” studio, which belongs to Fashion Designer… Read More Dresses like blooming gardens: Bio Atmosfere Studio
What Daisy Did, the ethical fashion accessories label was founded 3 years ago after Daisy and Ozric had spent several years working in event sustainability, they travelled to India and were inspired by the place, people and their ability to utilise waste in their daily lives. Their current collections are made from factory waste and… Read More Ethical, sustainable and stylish bags handmade in the UK
Vibrant colours and original shapes, these are the two characteristics that really impressed me when I came across the diverse works of Pam de Groot, who I had the pleasure to interview recently. Hello, Pam, how would you like to introduce yourself? I am a textile and fibre maker from the Blue Mountains, west of… Read More Pam de Groot’s vibrant wearable art: experimenting with materials to find one’s own voice