textile design

30
MAR
2018
Daniel Heath in his studio

INTERVIEW: Handprinted wallpaper and surface design by Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath is an award-winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer. After training in silk screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his East London studio in 2007 to create bespoke hand printed wallpapers and hand crafted interior surfaces. Key to... Read More →
01
DEC
2017
Naomi Paul

INTERVIEW: Contemporary crocheted pendant lights by Naomi Paul

It’s somewhat ironic that the seed of Naomi Paul‘s beautiful lighting brand began with a uni project that involved deliberately making something ‘badly’. Fast forward to today and her contemporary pendant lights have caught the attention of commercial and... Read More →
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05
NOV
2017

17 furniture upholstery specialists in London

Stripes, velvet or digital print? Reupholstery of a tired old chair, stool or sofa could make some big changes to your interior. Whilst there are environmental benefits to giving furniture a second chance with exciting fabrics, it can also equate to a style statement that simply... Read More →
21
OCT
2017
Pink multicoloured wool throw

10 of the best British made wool blankets for a hygge inspired home

Once you discover the Danish art of hygge, you might even look forward to the onset of winter. Although it has no direct translation, hygge is the word used to describe a feeling of cosiness, wellbeing and contentment with all the simple things in life: cups of cocoa by the fire,... Read More →
06
OCT
2017
Designer Jo Elbourne

INTERVIEW Jo Elbourne transforms furniture with contemporary textile weaving

One of my favourites from London Design Fair was a collection of furniture that immediately stood apart for its elegant and distinctive graphic aesthetic. The artist behind this body of work was Jo Elbourne of Cumulo Design, who works from her studio in Margate on the Kent coast.... Read More →
16
MAR
2017
Jo Gibbs at work in her studio

INTERVIEW: Artist Jo Gibbs transforms found objects with pattern

Born and raised in Battersea, Jo Gibbs is a London-based artist who started off her creative career in textiles. It all began with her first Saturday job at Tooting market. Jo worked on a fabric stall with a lady called Lybette who took her around all the wholesalers in Brick... Read More →
17
NOV
2016
Centre Stage at Web Summit 2016

Sustainable fashion at Web Summit Lisbon 2016

Exhausted and buzzing. That’s how I would describe my digital hangover after recently returning from Lisbon for Web Summit 2016. One of the world’s biggest technology conferences, Web Summit is now in it’s 8th year and saw 53,000 people descend on the Portuguese... Read More →
29
SEP
2016
Debris Chair made from ocean waste textile by Carmen V Machado

Chairs made from ocean waste textile

Cockpit Arts is a London-based business incubator for craftspeople at the start of their careers. At this year’s London Design Fair, they presented the marvellous Debris Chair by Carmen V Machado. As part of her MA project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Carmen... Read More →
01
SEP
2016
Restaurant interior design Mama Campo Madrid

Cool and eclectic upcycled restaurant interior design in Madrid

Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with Manolo Yllera, a Madrid-based interior designer and photographer whose beautiful studio loft home features in my upcoming book (more info on that soon!). Manolo introduced me to his award-winning interior design project at Mama Campo... Read More →
09
FEB
2016
Swarm

INTERVIEW: Leslie Oschmann, founder of Swarm

Founder of Swarm, Leslie Oschmann reclaims objects found in Dutch markets, French homes or Belgian antique shops to create something unexpected and beautiful. Visual Director for US Anthropologie for 8 years, she was inspired by the beauty and possibilities in reclaimed objects... Read More →
06
OCT
2015
Angela-Mathis

Upcycled money upholstery by Angela Mathis

The idea of upcycled money may seem paradoxical, but Angela Mathis isn’t the first to make art out of cold hard cash in order to play with our perception of value (see this post on Justine Smith). This Swiss-born/London-based designer however takes the reuse of currency to... Read More →
11
SEP
2015

AW15 collection made from upcycled silk by Kitty Ferreira

Founded in 2013, Kitty Ferreira is the brainchild of Valerie Goode. Whilst working as a Senior Designer in China, her firsthand experience of the terrible air pollution became the catalyst for her new line of clothing. Manufactured in London, the Pomonion range is mad... Read More →
31
AUG
2015
Victor & Rolf AW15 Wearable Art

Wearable Art by Viktor & Rolf

Fashion meets art quite literally for Viktor & Rolf‘s AW15 couture showcase. The Wearable Art collection was unveiled at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week at Palais de Toyko earlier this year and featured garments made from broken picture frames filled with fabric. The... Read More →
24
MAR
2015
Jewellery made from upcycled fabric offcuts by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Textile offcut jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

As you can see from our previous posts on Michelle Lowe Holder, we’re a huge fan of this Canadian-born British fashion designer. Her collections are famed for her use of heritage handcrafts, vintage detail, zero waste and upcycling by using ends of line textile and... Read More →
18
AUG
2014

Bottletop SS14 collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez

British fashion label Bottletop have come a long way since we last blogged about them. Not only have they brought out some fabulous new pieces for Spring/Summer 2014, this year they also collaborated with Narciso Rodriguez who has designed handbags using the brand’s... Read More →
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11
FEB
2014
Agustina Woodgate

Stuffed animal skin rugs by Agustina Woodgate

Creations by American interdisciplinary artist Agustina Woodgate involve clever use of disregarded materials.  Skin Rugs is a collection of rugs made from disassembled stuffed animal toys. A play on the animal skin rug, she took the skins from unloved toys and stitched them... Read More →
28
OCT
2013
Two dog sculptures made from antique lace by textile artist Donya Coward

Textile terrier sculptures by Donya Coward

A while ago we featured the work of Nottingham artist Donya Coward who makes work of art from Victorian antique embroideries, fabrics and haberdashery and vintage Nottingham and French laces.  We couldn’t resist sharing these adorable freestanding Jack Russell Terriers.  As... Read More →
10
OCT
2013

Sari silk upholstered chairs by Meb Rure

Istanbul design firm Meb Rure have created a family of furniture made of American white oak with upholstery made from balls of recycled Nepalese yarn.  The colourful balls are made from saris create a lovely spongey seat for a chair and footstool – perfect for brightening... Read More →
18
MAR
2013

JHBeulah vintage button accessories

On a recent sunny Sunday I found myself at Marcos & Trump on Columbia Road, Hoxton where I came across some gorgeous jewellery pieces by JHBeulah. Throughout her university studies Jemima Beulah worked with some prestigious tailors and witnessed a substantial amount of waste... Read More →
16
MAR
2013

Elizabethan inspired upcycled jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

This latest collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder for spring/summer 2013 is our favourite so far, and the Elizabethan styling for it is perfect. The beautifully crafted collection is aptly named ‘Elizabeth’ and draws on English heritage and Tudor detailing, “It... Read More →
26
FEB
2013

Lampshades made from recycled yarn

“Ose” is French for “dare”.  Yorkshire based Helen Taylor hand knits her Ose lampshades from pure linen recycled yarn using recycled fibre and pure unbleached silk yarn.  “The yarns are spun by a small company also in Yorkshire.  My ethos is to... Read More →
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22
FEB
2013

Hetty Rose reclaimed kimono shoes

Here’s something to brighten your mood on this cold wintery day…  Hetty Rose transforms vintage Japanese kimono fabric into fabulous footwear from her workshop in Essex.  She describes the material as “relics of a disappearing world, saturated in significance... Read More →
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21
FEB
2013

Forage bow ties made from reclaimed fabrics

Great to discover Something’s Hiding in Here on Etsy – an awesome Philadelphia based design duo.  Their beautifully presented products include this paper chain kit which is cut from recycled letterpress printed paper with interlocking tabs so they’r... Read More →
17
FEB
2013

Estethica AW13 London Fashion Week

This weekend I had a sneak preview of the best of next season’s ethical fashion at Estethica, London Fashion Week.  As always, innovative use of upcycled materials is high on the agenda for many of the designers who have been specially chosen for their ethical credentials. ... Read More →
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25
JAN
2013

Jewellery made from t-shirts by Julia Vasic

Julia Vasic is a San Francisco based luxury eco brand with a clean, sporty and feminine aesthetic.  Jewellery is made from discarded materials, such as unwanted t-shirts destined for landfill.  After studying fashion at Central St. Martins in London, Vasic went on to design for... Read More →
23
JAN
2013

Icelandic rag rugs woven from discarded garments

Anna María Lind Geirsdóttir from Reykjavik in Iceland uses rags as her colour palette.  Taking discarded garments, bedlinen and textiles, she cleans the fabric before cutting off the seams then cuts the material into strips and winds them into a ball.  The technique is inspired... Read More →
17
JAN
2013

Feng Ho ethical fashion

Feng Ho is an award-winning ethical fashion designer based in Oxford, England.  As well as using fabrics such as Tencel, soy, organic cotton and hemp, she uses end-of-line textiles from British fabric merchants in many of her designs.  Pictured is the Tessellate collection is... Read More →
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02
JAN
2013

Antiform upcycled fabric purses and scarves

Upcycled fashion brand Antiform are making purses and scarves from upcycled textiles.  Pictured above is  their Copper Penny Mixed Knit Scarf which is knitted from recycled fibres on a vintage 1920s machine – the last running in the country.  If you’re in the Leeds area... Read More →
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30
DEC
2012

Mnmur bags made from tyres

If anyone knows how to make bags, it’s the Italians.  I’m very excited to discover Mnmur, despite not being able to pronounce it.  The brand behind these brilliant bags made from tyres also make a range of wallets and accessories such as belts and jewellery.  Pictured... Read More →
10
DEC
2012

Crocheted pebbles and leaves by Susanna Bauer

Knitwear from nature? Model maker Susanna Bauer makes beautiful creations by applying weaving and crochet techniques to found natural matter such as pebbles and leaves.  She experiments with fragility and strength in contrasting materials, creating individual stories in the... Read More →
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30
NOV
2012

The Unknitting Machine that unravels clothes

The Unknitting Machine is a genius device that unravels old knitted clothes so the yarn can be reused.  Designed by Kingston University Product and Furniture Design student Imogen Hedges, the starting point for the project was the discovery that charity shops devote hours to... Read More →
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27
NOV
2012

Upcycled bags by Katcha Bilek

Katcha Bilek is the brains behind KB, a Bristol-based sustainable fashion accessories brand.  KB make durable and waterproof bags and accessories from repurposed inner tubes, car seatbelts, and bike tyres.  The materials’ hard-wearing qualities are utilised to make products... Read More →
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27
AUG
2012

Unity Dress by Speedo and From Somewhere

  This couture ball gown is the Unity dress, a one off piece created by Speedo, From Somewhere and Falmouth university graduate Rebecca Jayne Taylor.  It’s produced using surplus fabric from Speedo’s Fastskin3 Super Elite Swimsuit, incorporating the colours of... Read More →
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13
AUG
2012

Couture dresses made from upcycled materials by Dumpster Design

Daisy Harris-Burland is the British designer behind Dumpster Design. Her couture and apparel lines bring new life to everyday materials such as card, bubble wrap, jay cloths and table cloths. Pictured above is one of her couture gowns which is crafted entirely from Christmas... Read More →
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24
JUL
2012

Handbags made from upcycled textiles by Lost Property of London

When it comes to upcycled bags Lost Property of London is a personal favourite.  Katy Bell started upcycling hessian coffee sacks and other abandoned fabrics into stylish bags in 2009.  Here are some highlights of new ranges brought out for Spring/Summer 2012, ‘A new take... Read More →
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17
JUL
2012

From Somewhere with Speedo

It goes without saying that with the Olympics looming, everyone’s got sport on the brain.   Perfect timing for From Somewhere with Speedo to launch a new range of upcycled swimwear on ASOS.  From Somewhere have designed these limited edition sports-luxe bikinis and... Read More →
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06
JUL
2012

Alternative Apparel Olivia Wilde bag

Having co-founded Campaign Happiness to support development projects in Haiti, actress Olivia Wilde has now teamed up with Alternative Apparel on a messenger bag whereby proceeds go to the Academy for Peace and Justice.  This is a secondary school in Port-au-Prince funded by Paul... Read More →
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25
JUN
2012

Bags made from recycled ring-pulls by Bottletop

Bottletop began in 2002 when Cameron Saul developed a wire frame handbag made from recycled bottle tops in Uganda  with his father Roger (Founder of Mulberry).  They launched it through the luxury British fashion house with a photographic series by iconic British photographer... Read More →
15
JUN
2012

Reupholstered chairs by Polly Granville

Polly Granville is a London based designer who breathes new life into vintage and antique chair frames with exciting contemporary fabrics.  A great lesson in how to perceive your old furniture in a new light. Images via Polly Granville Read More →
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08
JUN
2012

Reclaim to Wear upcycled fashion at Topshop

This month high street giant Topshop is launching a new capsule upcycled clothing line in collaboration with Reclaim to Wear.  The collection includes eight exciting new pieces including ombré denim, a panelled jersey dress and a slouchy grey marl sweater.  These are made... Read More →
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23
MAY
2012

Marks and Spencer clothes recycling campaign

Marks and Spencer have collaborated with Oxfam to launch their new ‘shwopping’ campaign. The scheme addresses the huge issue of waste in the clothing industry (that’s half a million tonnes of clothing ending up in UK landfill every year), highlighting the... Read More →
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09
MAY
2012

End of line ribbon jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Victorian Flowers and Cream Crocodiles is the SS12 collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder.  It’s an abstract combination of tiny flowers, snakeskin, wings and bright things translated into cuffs, collars and necklaces.  The textiles are vintage end of line floral ribbons and... Read More →
01
MAY
2012

From Somewhere upcycled fashion

Upcycled clothing champions From Somewhere have chosen stripes and pretty pastels for their SS12 collection.  With their signature geometric panels, these pieces are modern, elegant and original.  Shop online at Yoox. Images via From Somewhere Read More →
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10
APR
2012

Upcycled fashion by Goodone

London label Goodone has been making beautiful upcycled clothing since 2006 and their Spring/Summer 2012 collection boasts some fresh, bold and fabulous new pieces.  The Blouson dress is a personal favourite.  It’s made from reclaimed silk shirts, modal mix jersey made in... Read More →
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25
MAR
2012

Antiform at Dalston’s Here Today Gone Tomorrow

This Thursday will see the launch of Antiform‘s SS12 collection at Here Today Here Tomorrow in Dalston, London.  The latest upcycled range from the Leeds label is a fusion of folklore, heritage and sportswear inspired pieces.  Head down between 4-9pm to 30a Balls Pond Road,... Read More →
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04
MAR
2012

Reclaimed deckchair bags by Jamtarts & Tractors

Jamtarts & Tractors are an Isle of Wight company that make eco-friendly bags and accessories out of reclaimed deckchair, windbreak and sun bed fabric.  They make a fabulous array of shopping totes, courier bags and clutches with colourful cotton linings.  I’ve seen one... Read More →
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23
FEB
2012

Ethical fashion at London Fashion Week

In the East Wing of Somerset House the Estethica exhibition saw its twelfth season at London Fashion Week this month, once again showing its dedication to sustainable fashion with a fine selection of ethical designers.  Notable upcyclers included Victim Fashion Street. ... Read More →
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15
FEB
2012

Reclaim to Wear by Orsola de Castro

Reclaim to Wear has been set up by Orsola de Castro, founder of the wonderful upcycled eco label From Somewhere.  A design standard of excellence, RTW strives to facilitate connections between designers, retailers and the textile industry to help ensure pre-consumer textile waste... Read More →
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26
JAN
2012

Livia Firth recycled dress at Golden Globe Awards 2012

Livia Firth has showcased another stunning eco gown at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.  In collaboration with Armani, the creative director of Eco Age wears a classic strapless dress made of fibre derived from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles scavenged from households in... Read More →
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12
JAN
2012

Upcycled fashion by Metamorfixx

For Petra Hanson of Metamorfixx, upcycled clothing is not about tailoring, but transformation.  Her background in fashion and a passion for fine knits has for over a decade resulted in a fabulous collection of attention grabbing ensembles.  She also designs clothing for fellow... Read More →
11
JAN
2012

Anschtecka upcycled textile backpacks

Anschtecka backpacks are functional works of art, handmade from reclaimed materials.  The Floral Flock Backpack is made from salvaged fabric and collected used buttons from a flea market in Berlin and the Umbrella Backpack is (you guessed it) made from an umbrella, available from... Read More →
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10
JAN
2012

Upcycled leather furniture by Pepe Heykoop

The potential of upcycled leather, one of the most robust materials around, is too often overlooked. Pepe Heykoop is the Dutch designer behind the Skin Collection. In response to the fact that 25-30% of leather is wasted in the furniture industry, he covers old furniture in... Read More →
09
JAN
2012

Bags made from upcycled candy wrappers by Ecoist

When sweets and fashion come together it can only be a good thing. Ecoist make clutches, purses and totes from recycled candy wrappers.  They’ve partnered with multinational brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, Frito-Lay, Mars, Cliff Bar and Aveda to make bags and... Read More →
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20
DEC
2011

Upcycled fashion by Adhesif Clothing Co

Vancouver based Adhesif Clothing Company continues to uphold the notion that for fashion that’s truly unique, the only way is upcycled.  Melissa Ferreira started the line in 2007 and hand sources high quality vintage materials from local thrift stores. Their AW11 collection... Read More →
13
DEC
2011

Leftover Studio upcycled bags

If Christmas gift ideas are a bit thin on the ground, take inspiration from Leftover Studio, a New Delhi based company who make modern pieces from materials that get left behind. The Busee laptop bag pictured above is made from thick tractor inner tyre tubes accented with top... Read More →
06
DEC
2011

Wrap to Go scarves made from vintage fabrics

With the British climate taking a downturn, a beautiful scarf is the must have accessory for looking stylish in the cold.  Shirley Belwood from Wrap to Go makes luxury handmade scarves including a fabulous upcycled vintage fabric range inspired by Japanese kimonos.  Pictured is a... Read More →
30
NOV
2011

Manolo Blahnik Eco Shoes

Great to see another big label bringing eco to the luxury market.  Carrie Bradshaw’s hero Manolo Blahnik  has teamed up with Marcia Patmos (founder of M. Patmos ethical knitwear) to make a range of sandals for spring, recently showcased at SS12 New York Fashion Week.   The... Read More →
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29
NOV
2011

Bags made from textiles donated by Delta Airlines

Tierra Ideas is a US company that makes fantastic travel bags out of recycled materials such as bike inner tubes, automobile seatbelts and worn textiles donated by Delta Airlines.  Founded by Matt Mahler, the bags have been selling in shops in North Carolina for the last two... Read More →
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28
NOV
2011

Sustainable fashion at In Bloom

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Huc at her new concept store in Portobello Green Arcade – a  beautiful boutique based around the idea of sustainability and design. It provides a showcase for her gorgeous range of organic cotton lingerie In Bloom as well as the... Read More →
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23
NOV
2011

Upcycled quilts made from airline duvet covers

Old Threads make charming toddlers quilts with a history.  This great product is made from upcycled 600 thread-count decommissioned Virgin Atlantic airline duvet covers.  The quilts are cleaned, topped with upcycled cotton, filled with recycled hollowfibre and are screen-printed... Read More →
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