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Plastic. It’s in, or around everything. As craftspeople interested in natural materials, dyes, techniques, it is easy to fall into a belief that what we create is plastic free. I make patchwork quilts and call them plastic free, yet the needles for my sewing machine come in plastic cases, my pins are mostly tipped with a little ball of plastic (though I do have glass headed ones which are sharper and that I prefer, but which cost more money and therefore [...]
Lucia Jombikova, a fashion designer passionate about reducing the impact of waste fabric on landfill, has launched a range of handcrafted handbags and purses to form the core products of her ethical brand The Berry Berry. Utilizing and up-cycling off-cuts from a sofa factory in her Slovakian hometown, as well as textile remnants from recycling centres, fashion designers and even ebay, she employs a team of skilled women, all based in Slovakia and Romania, to create this unique collection [...]
Hi, I am Rositta Priestley. My creative business is HatsOff BootsOn. I am an innovative designer-maker milliner and shoemaker in London SE25. I have been an avid upcycler all of my life. When I look at anything, rather than seeing what it is, I visualise how I could use it to shape a hat or boot. My inspiration comes from 1920s to 1950s and beyond, with my own unique and effervescent style coming through. My millinery and shoemaking skills are combined with [...]
Hand made homewares and textile art created from natural fibres printed with handmade natural dyes, botanical prints and cyanotype photograms. The maker: Helen Lunn. Born, raised and continue to live in Sale, a residential suburb south of Manchester UK. Making has been a constant in my life along with an interest in the environment. Looking at the everyday with a fresh eye, sometimes to the surprise of others. My dining table for a while was a “ Black and Decker” work [...]
Biohm: Research and Development Led Company That Allows Nature to Lead Innovation in the Construction Industry
Biohm is a research and development led company that allows nature to lead innovation in the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable built environment. Placing biological systems at the heart of their inspiration, they combine ideologies of the circular economy and human-centred design with future-tech to create a step-change in building technologies, materials and manufacturing methods. They are driven by a continuous stream of interdisciplinary ground-breaking research. Through collaborations with industrial and academic partners they aim [...]