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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 of this Sheffield born, now London based, artists where defining for her engagement to contemporary basketry. Stella Harding weaves three-dimensional, mixed media structures: including large-scale wall [...]

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Rosso di Robbia: A Career out of Natural Dyes

“Maple is my favourite leaf” Michela Pasini’s is one of those cases in which the brand and the artist’s personality can’t be separated. They share the same values. So when speaking about Michela or Rosso di Robbia, we are talking about the same: passion for sustainable designs. Rosso di Robbia is Michela’s natural dyeing workshop where she works with natural yarns and fabrics to create hand-made clothing, accessories and home textiles with the exclusive use of colours coming from plant extracts. [...]

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Elina Airikkala: When Weaving Becomes Art

“When I find that the colours are in tune with the weaving draft I feel as though I am creating music or poetry.” Elina Airikkala is a Finnish textile artist who started her career in the field when she was 18. She wasn’t sure what to do at that moment of her life, and so a friend of her suggested she should enrol in a course. Elina chose a weaving one. Since then a long-standing set of experiences make Elina [...]

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Barbara Munsel and Jetty Dijkshoorn: Fascination for the Indigo

“Our mission is to create awareness for forgotten textile crafts.” One is an eco-friendly fashion designer, the other an entrepreneur dedicated to Marmorino plaster. They share a passion for sustainability and fashion and after some cappuccinos sipped together, they decided to open Arte-Klatsch, a creative art platform located in an old townhouse in one of the most beautiful streets in Schiedam, the Netherlands. Next to Barbara and Jetty’s atelier, Arte-Klatsch includes a beautiful glasshouse which functions as a workshop space. In [...]

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Rebecca Desnos: Designs with Care and Joy

“If you don’t enjoy the process, what’s the point?” Photo credit Rebecca Desnos Rebecca defines herself as a natural dyer, designer, maker and author. She is the kind of person who besides from being vegan, she also tries to avoid whenever possible any sort of toxic chemical in all the aspects of her life. Her journey with natural dyes began several years ago when she started experimenting with plant extracts and she fall in love with the rainbow of colours that nature offered. [...]

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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 at a time of exploration, exploration of the self, when she was doing a round-the-world sail trip and arrived to New Zealand. And since she [...]

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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 a traditional craft, who utilises materials from a timeless place and time, a mix between sentiment, tradition and transience. Alexandra, who lives and works in Amsterdam, [...]

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Magazine Collage Step By Step

Guest Article by Kirstie Adamson What You’ll Need: Magazines (I find rural and style magazines the best to work with. Catalogues are good for small projects especially if you want to introduce pattern in to your piece). Glue (I always use non-toxic adhesives, clear drying children’s craft glues work well. I water this down, approx 25% water to 75% glue). A Jar of Water: I regularly rinse my brush to avoid the brush getting too tacky. Paintbrush: I use a medium flat brush and a small thin brush. Reclaimed [...]

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Learning to Weave: First Steps

With this captioned photo story, and the following glossary, No Serial Number gets a glimpse into the world of weaving. Once upon a time, weaving was an essential activity. There was easy access to the raw materials (yarn) and having a loom in the house was a necessary part of life. Weaving was an activity reserved for women, who used it to produce all the textiles that their families needed. There were certainly those who still wove at home up until the [...]

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