Tag - upcycling

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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Katrina Rodabaugh: Artist, Writer, and Crafter Working Across Disciplines to Explore Environmental and Social Issues Through Traditional Craft Techniques

Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments instead of buying new clothing. She also grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. Her work [...]

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Mouse in the House: Created From Fragments of Stuff and Memories

Mouse in the House is the product of my noisy brain and an overactive imagination. The ever-growing mischief of mice reside behind the house walls and are collectors of treasure, eaters of cheese, painstakingly created from fragments of stuff and memories, scraps of fabric, pieces of broken things, lost buttons and forgotten moments… I’ve always had a fascination with stories, histories, early stop-frame animations and I collect profusely. I work with salvaged fragments of fabric, paper, wood and metal, with [...]

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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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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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Zestria on Etsy: Upcycled Designs

I’m the designer of Zestria, the one that sews, knits, crochets, weaves, spins, embroiders, who looks for fabrics and runs the virtual business, makes the coffee in the mornings and sweeps the floor in the evening. I remember the very day when my grandmother taught me to sew cross stitch. She made beautiful tablecloths or wall cloths enriched with so many ancient symbols like the tree of life, spirals, sun, moon, zigzags… She had no pattern, she knew all by [...]

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From an old trunk… 
An old nightdress and some lace

If you one of the growing group of people who just can’t resist a second hand shop, then these few lines and photos are dedicated to you! The story begins in a second hand shop, where, amongst thousands of items jumbled together, piled up high on a shelf with old cotton sheets and hand woven hemp, I find an old nightdress. The fabric is the same as the sheets, simply cut, unsophisticated. It is clearly the work someone inexperienced in [...]

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Upcycled Keepsakes and Vintage Buttons: Preserving Family Traditions

Guest Article by Amanda Chapman When did it all start my love and passion for up-cycling and vintage? I could say almost 2 years ago after I created myself a keepsake from leftover lace form my wedding dress and some of my late Grandma’s buttons – but actually these passions started long before that. My Grandma’s were both very resourceful women, but for different reasons; one Grandma had to be, where as my other Grandma was very much made from the [...]

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RE:DONE: Re:Use, Re:Imagine, Re:Cycle, Re:Purpose, Re:Loved

All the products that Emma Nicol sells have had a past life and, where possible, a bit of their history retained on the pieces themselves. Each piece is Re:Imagined and gently Re:Worked breathing new life into it. Emma loves hunting for ‘treasure’ in charity shops, flea markets house clearances and even skips. She loves imagining the possibilities of how that once loved object can be Re:Used, Re:Purposed and Re:Loved. Based in Nottingham, England, Emma know how to reinvent objects! You’ll want [...]

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Natasja Fakkeldij: Anything is a Valid Material for a Beautiful Bag

Natasja Fakkeldij was born in the Netherlands but she currently lives, works and cycles in beautiful Ireland. She grew up in a small village called Nisse where she had a neighbour who was a tailor, and who – without knowing – inspired Natasja and impulsed her love for textiles. But Natasja’s passion for textile is not just related to craftsmanship but to recycling. From a jacket’s pocket, a piece of a skirt, a print of a t-shirt, an old woollen [...]

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