Tag - Sustainable fashion

Red Shoe Polish Boots Transformation!

By Holly by Heart I own shoe polish. A lot of it! Not many people I know do, which is a shame as shoe polish is amazing! I love shoes and boots! I’ve often had boots reheeled or repaired. Polishing shoes means that they last longer and stay looking newer for longer. But shoe polish also has other uses! I bought these amazing red clarks boots from a charity shops before Christmas for £8. They’re a perfect fit and are so [...]

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Elvis & Kresse: Transforming Used Fire-hoses Into a Range of Luxury Accessories

For over the last 13 years Elvis & Kresse have saved all of London’s fire-hoses, transforming them into a range of luxury accessories and donating 50% of the profits to The Fire Fighters Charity. From the first day they had a unique DNA: rescue, transform, donate. In 2005 Elvis & Kresse had a chance meeting with the London Fire Brigade and had a very emotional response to their damaged, decommissioned fire-hose. Kresse saw it as too heroic and too beautiful for [...]

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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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Bryn Pratt-Boyden: Textile and Costume Designer

Bryn Pratt-Boyden is starting out as a freelance Fashion, textile and costume designer/maker living in London. His work is very experimental but sustainable and ethical at the same time. Using a vast array of fabrics, from vintage Japanese denim scraps, to fish skin leather, he sustainably produces his work on his narrowboat in London, making interesting yet wearable and durable clothing. ​His textiles are all eco friendly, such as patchwork from old scraps of fabric, knitting with sustainable and fair [...]

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Part Two: Zero Waste and Eucalyptus – A Match Made in Heaven!

Part 2 In my last blog post, I hinted that I was exploring a new development in my eco fashions. I have a small stash of felted and/or damaged knitwear which I thought had possibilities! Their original purpose was to cut them up to make ‘tattered’ key hangers.  I made a lot of these hangers over several years, but felt it was time to move on from that, even though I still had the raw materials. Having started to design a [...]

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Zero Waste and Eucalyptus – A Match Made in Heaven

Part 1 I am really excited about a new direction in my range of eco fashions!  The catalyst was some merino and alpaca blanket remnants sourced from Waverley Woollen Mills in Launceston, Tasmania (about 1 ½ hours’ drive from here; established in 1847).  I absolutely love how soft their fabrics are, but the biggest plus for me was the opportunity to use a quality waste product that is locally obtainable. It took a while for ideas to gel (a few months actually), [...]

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The Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award – Summer 2018

The runners up for the ‘Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award’. Discover the winners of the ‘Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award’ in the Summer Issue 2018! We have dedicated to the winners three full pages where they talk about their craft, the materials they used and they also give great tips. And come and join the conversation in our Facebook group and get the chance to be shortlisted for our award and the chance to be feature in the magazine! Grażyna Ossowska   Jackie Tunnicliffe   Soo Town   Terracharm Alexander   Marie [...]

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#EthicalHour Roundup – After Fashion Revolution Week, What Next?

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.     We’ve been talking a lot about Fashion Revolution at No Serial Number Magazine this week [...]

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Swimming Against The Tide – Supporting Grass Roots And Kindness in The Fashion Industry

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 fifth in a six part blog series for Fashion Revolution Week, [...]

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The Death of Fast Fashion – Slowing Down for a Fashion Revolution

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. Join her for a week of blog posts and social media conversation to highlight the importance of change in both the fashion industry and consumer habits.   “Slow fashion“, is a phrase [...]

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