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Weaving the Year in These Isles

Nomadic handweaver Eloïse Sentito reviews her work in 2018: The ideas, the travels, the tensions, the weaves… In a tiny boat in a beautiful bay of islands in the Outer Hebrides in summer I went fishing with some dear friends who go out specifically to catch their week’s supply of protein. I caught and killed my own fish for the first time, and I experienced that feeling for which henkeepers so loathe foxes: after some fruitless trips, some hours of [...]

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How Do You Avoid Over Packaging?

Totally unrelated to craft but I wanted to share this with you anyway… I don’t usually shop online. I am old fashion when it comes to shopping, I enjoying getting a feel of the items, actually touching them, before buying or handpicking the food and being able to see exactly what I am getting. Also I like that I can take my own bags to do my shopping so I try to avoid as much waste as I can. From [...]

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Botanical Being: Connecting Your Self With the Energy From Plants and the Earth

Botanical Being is a new way to live your life – connecting your self with the energy from plants and the earth. Using natural resources and mindfully sourced ingredients, the products are created in the studio and added to the gallery. Maria is the being at the centre of this concept, a teacher, consultant and textile artist who is passionate about the work she creates and wants to enhance your being by bringing these elements into your life. Whether [...]

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Not All Rubbish Goes to Landfill

By Holly by Heart In September, I visited the incinerator in Basingstoke (Chineham). The incinerator is operated by Veolia and is actually an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) meaning that the waste (from our black bins) is burnt at very high temperatures to generate electricity. The ERF in Chineham deals with 100,000 tonnes of waste per year and generates enough electricity to power 11,000 homes. Because we have three incinerators in Hampshire (one in Portsmouth and one near Southampton), Hampshire has [...]

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Buy Nothing Day 2018 – NSN Stands Against Black Friday

This year, while most of the UK gets swept up in what has been coined “Cyber Week”, with all the Black Friday deals that go along with it, here at No Serial Number Magazine we have decided to take a very different approach. As part of a growing resistance against capitalism and the “buy more stuff” growth economy that we currently live in, we have made the decision to take part in Buy Nothing Day this year. The idea [...]

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Freeweaver Saori Studio

Freeweaver Saori Studio provides hand weaving classes on Japanese floor looms that are easy to use and support an intuitive way of weaving, aiming to allow each weaver to utilise the loom as a vehicle of self expression. The art of Saori weaving was developed in Japan in the late Sixties by Misao Jo (1913-2018). As well as weaving classes, we also have a range of ethical yarns as well as Saori equipment. Freeweaver Saori Studio is a registered Saori studio. We [...]

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Eloïse Sentito: A Nomadic Handweaver Touring the Celtic Lands in a Retro Motorhome

Hailing from Dartmoor, England, I am a nomadic handweaver touring the Celtic lands in a retro motorhome. A designer-maker and sole-trader, I founded These Isles in 2014. I make, to your spec or my whim, fine and rugged scarves, snugs, cowls, shawls, blankets and rugs for low-impact, woollen, landscape medicine. I sell on Etsy. I write. I resist race-to-the-bottom economics and plug eco-socialist principles. I barter. I sometimes teach. I convene The Green Cloth Collective. I also sell pretty [...]

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STHfromNTH: Upcycled and Customised Products

STHfromNTH makes upcycled and customised products from what we call ‘rubbish’ and throw away everyday. Our aim is to reduce reliance on our throw away culture by showing that these items can be turned into functional and valuable objects, impressive works of art, toys or presents and be great fun to make! You can find ready to purchase products in our online shop or order a custom one. Recently we started working on upcycling workshops for children and adults [...]

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Sophia Mulheran Designs: Sustainable and Ethical Homewares, Stationery and Giftware

Sophia is a brand of sustainable and ethical homewares, stationery and giftware. It is our goal to continuously give back to the environment and community through our various projects. At this point in time, we’re currently working towards removing 1 Million pieces of rubbish from the environment and planting 500 native trees for Australian wildlife. We also ensure that our business is as sustainable as possible by: Maintaining a plastic free business Planting 1 tree for every shipment Removing 100 pieces of rubbish [...]

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zero waste conditioner product review

Product review: zero waste hair conditioner

By Holly by Heart My super fussy hair strikes again. Yes, I know I probably shouldn’t colour my hair but I do and I like it and I need lots of good conditioner to stop my hair turning into a bit frizzy knot. So, I did try to find a suitable alternative. Pure raw coconut oil It was reduced and I saw it online so I bought it. Everyone raves about how good coconut oil is and I had vague memories of [...]

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