Artists Profiles

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The Craft of Basket Making with Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans of Wheatcroft Willow is a basket maker based in North Staffordshire, UK. No Serial Number writer Kate Stuart asked her to tell us the story of how she came to the craft, what she loves about it and what advice she would give to someone at the beginning of their basket making journey. Here is what Rachel had to say. “I started my basketmaking journey at the age of 21. After I graduated I worked in the outdoors, [...]

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Quality Not Quantity – Why Clothes That Last Should Stand For People Not Profit

Kate Stuart is a practicing artist, writer and craftswoman based in the North East of England. She specializes in up-cycling, zero waste living, quilting and painting with acrylics on canvas. She owns The Phoenix Green Store, which she hopes will become Newcastle upon Tyne’s first zero waste store. She is covering Fashion Revolution Week for No Serial Number Magazine, between 23rd – 29th April 2018. This is the final post in a six part blog series for Fashion Revolution [...]

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The Rise and Rise of Bespoke Upcycled Fashion

Kate Stuart is a practicing artist, writer and craftswoman based in the North East of England. She specializes in up-cycling, zero waste living, quilting and painting with acrylics on canvas. She owns The Phoenix Green Store, which she hopes will become Newcastle upon Tyne’s first zero waste store. She is covering Fashion Revolution Week for No Serial Number Magazine, between 23rd – 29th April 2018. This is the fourth in a six part blog series for Fashion Revolution Week, [...]

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Second Hand News – Why Reusing Clothes is Back in Fashion

Kate Stuart is a practicing artist, writer and craftswoman based in the North East of England. She specializes in up-cycling, zero waste living, quilting and painting with acrylics on canvas. She owns The Phoenix Green Store, which is moving towards becoming Newcastle upon Tyne’s first zero waste store. She is covering Fashion Revolution Week for No Serial Number Magazine, between 23rd – 29th April 2018. This is the third in a six part blog series for Fashion Revolution Week, [...]

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Boro and Sashiko- The Japanese Art of Clothing Repair

Kate Stuart is a practicing artist, writer and craftswoman based in the North East of England. She specializes in up-cycling, zero waste living, quilting and painting with acrylics on canvas. She owns The Phoenix Green Store, which she hopes will become Newcastle upon Tyne’s first zero waste store. She is covering Fashion Revolution Week for No Serial Number Magazine, between 23rd – 29th April 2018. This is the first in a six part blog series for Fashion Revolution Week, [...]

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Landscape Medicine – The Weaving of Eloise Sentito – A #LoveStory For Fashion Revolution Week

Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North East of England. Here, she is answering the call from Fashion Revolution, to tell the #lovestory of a garment she loves, as Fashion Revolution Week prepares to encourage people to call for sustainability,  transparency and kindness in the fashion industry, getting them to love the clothes they already own, and supporting them to ask the question #WhoMadeMyClothes. Kate Stuart, wearing her shawl, handwoven by Eloise Sentito. Clothes and their [...]

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Ruth Thompson of Sylvan Skills, Creative Coppice Worker

Basketry pre-dates both pottery and cloth weaving to stand as one of the oldest crafts in our human history. Baskets have been an essential part of everyday life in practically every culture on every continent and could be considered amongst the earliest decorative art forms, used for everything imaginable, from household storage to fishing. However in the 1950’s plastic became more popular than basketry. The skills began to fall away. Basket weavers, once so many in number, and a vital [...]

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Exploring Wabi Sabi with Louise O’Hara

Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North east of England. She interviewed Louise O’Hara for the Winter Edition of No Serial Number Magazine. The full article can be found at www.noserialnumber.org, and via digital download here. When I first started following Louise O’Hara on Facebook, she still called her page Drawn to Stitch, and I would marvel at the tactile landscapes that took me away to my heart’s home in the Highlands of Scotland. Marrying [...]

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Sarah Cross: Hand Spinner, Weaver and Knitter

Hi, I’m Sarah a hand spinner, weaver and knitter based in wild and windy Mid Wales, UK. I’m passionate about reducing textile and fashion industry waste. As a result, I use waste fibres and leftover stock from textile mills and re-process it so that I can spin it into unique yarns. These are then sold as individual yarn skeins or are used by me to create one of a kind woven or knitted garments and accessories. Sarah’s work is featured in the [...]

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Eve Studd: Natural Dyer, Eco Printer, Tutor, Horticulturalist, Textile Artist

I am a natural dyer and eco printer, growing almost all the plants I use in my wildlife friendly garden on the border between England and Scotland.  The colours of the local landscape are my inspiration – rock, sea and sky – I have a lot of those up here!  The local geology is very varied, influencing the soils and plants and some of the different characteristics can be easily seen on the coastline.  Ancient and traditional dyeplants grow [...]

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