textile design

18
NOV
2011

Upcycled fashion from broken festival tents

It may seem unlikely that wearing an old tent could result  in a winning outfit.  As proved by Danish designer Lisa Våglund the tent look isn’t quite as dowdy as you might imagine.  Part of the aftermath of a hip and happening festival is a graveyard of abandoned broken... Read More →
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16
NOV
2011

From Somewhere AW11 upcycled fashion

This season brings another fine selection of upcycled clothes from the wonderful From Somewhere.  Orsola de Castro began the company in 1997 – one of the first labels to consistently address the issue of frivolous waste in the fashion industry.  From Somewhere takes... Read More →
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14
NOV
2011

Evon Cassier upcycled bags

In Evon Cassier‘s world, handbags preserve memories and liberate stories.  The New Hampshire designer has a passion for reusing, reducing and recycling – turning jeans into laptop bags and sport coats into Totes (like The Vivien pictured above).  One touching story is... Read More →
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30
OCT
2011

Musical Chairs

If you’re looking for a chair with personality, UK designer Kelly Swallow knows how to do upholstery that packs a punch.  Her patchwork chairs are individually sourced vintage pieces which she revives with a mix of vintage and designer fabrics.  Vibrant textiles include art... Read More →
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27
OCT
2011

Mode d’Eco

No one does eco elegance quite like Eva Zingoni – maker of beautiful clothing crafted from surplus materials from Parisian fashion houses.  It was also no surprise that she was chosen to take part in Estethica at London Fashion Week this September.  ‘Season 2’... Read More →
20
OCT
2011

The Shirt off his Back

Out this month is The Shirt off his Back – 30 projects for transforming everyday shirts into a range of home accessories by Juliet Bawden, a great read for crafty folk looking for a thrifty project.  You’ll find some brilliant ideas for turning old shirts into... Read More →
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18
OCT
2011

Patterned Pieces

Fun Makes Good was set up by Glasgow School of Art graduate, Eleanor Young.  She reclaims, reupholsters and reworks unloved items of furniture with a distinctive graphic style.  The brief for the Slagelse Møbelvaerk Boomerang Chairs pictured above was to use parts of the existing... Read More →
13
OCT
2011

Goodone AW11

Another great British pioneer for the upcycled fashion movement is award-winning Goodone.  They combine new British sustainable fabrics with reclaimed textiles.  “Known for bold, colour-blocked styles, we have developed a design method which is informed by the use of... Read More →
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11
OCT
2011

Silk and Resin

These Light Pipes by UK artist Wendy Allan are made from dyed silk from reclaimed sari material. This is then woven and captured in resin resulting in a beautiful translucent amalgamation of colour, almost like stained glass.  The resin preserves the unexpected imperfections and... Read More →
24
SEP
2011

Antiform Autumn/Winter 2011

Thursday night had me venturing north of the river to attend the launch of Antiform‘s AW11 collection at Here Today Here Tomorrow.  I met a lovely bunch of people and had the chance to get up close and personal with a fantastic range of upcycled clothing.  Antiform was... Read More →
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20
SEP
2011

London Fashion Week SS12 – Estethica

With London Fashion Week descending on Somerset House this week, I’ve been super keen to find out the latest in upcycled fashion from Estethica – an exhibition of ethical designers founded by The British Fashion Council, now in it’s 11th season.  Estethica was... Read More →
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04
SEP
2011

Boy meets Girl

When it comes to sustainable fashion labels, Emesha by acclaimed designer Emesha Nagy is a personal favourite.  Much of the fabric is sourced in the UK or comes from end-of-line upcycled industry waste and all fabrics are 100% natural, so are fully biodegradable. Emesha is also... Read More →
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01
SEP
2011

The Cheaney Chair

Cheaney Chair – that name has such a good ring to it…  The work of furniture designer Alexena Cayless is influenced by memory, gathered stories and a desire to retell narratives through objects.  This project is a beech G Plan chair that has been upcycled with... Read More →
28
AUG
2011

A Cut Above

Another effortlessly cool designer paving the way for the future of fashion: Steinwidder is an Austrian label founded by Anita Steinwidder in 2002.  She works with pre and post consumer clothing, cutting them up and reconfiguring them into a brand new context.  I love the... Read More →
22
AUG
2011

True Colours

Rachel Darbourne‘s beautiful jewellery is born out of a desire to reclaim undervalued materials such as polythene, challenging what constitutes our traditional notions of ‘preciousness.’   During her degree she developed a folding technique with this material... Read More →
22
AUG
2011

Herbst/Winterkollektion

With September just around the corner, autumn fashions are coming to the fore.  One designer I have great admiration for is Berlin based Christine Mayer, creator of MAYER. Peace Collection.  Each unique garment is handmade from recycled materials and holds its own history.  Her... Read More →
10
AUG
2011

Red Mutha

I’ve been meaning to feature Red Mutha ever since seeing their vibrant collection at Brighton Fashion Week in June – a memorable show which culminated in an improvised execution of a high street shopper wearing an ‘I Heart Primark’ bag on his head.  They... Read More →
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03
AUG
2011

Tied Up

Nicole Deponte is the Boston-based mastermind behind lilian asterfield which she launched in 2008.  Her label embodies the independent spirit of an English country manor, “wild adventures in the forest, horse back rides, scraped knees hidden by billowing skirts atop laced... Read More →
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31
JUL
2011

Kimono Corsage

According to artist Toshida Akemi there is an abundance of unwanted, old-fashioned kimonos hanging in the closets of Japanese households that women no longer wear.  However, many artists in Japan are rediscovering their value by recycling the fabric (kofu) to create new works of... Read More →
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27
JUL
2011

Reloved Leather

Always a good time to look at bags!  These leather luxuries are from va de nuevo by Costa Rican duo Yara Salazar and Marta Hidalgo.  They make great use of discarded leather clothes by creating unique one of a kind handbags.  Check out their website to see what each gorgeous bag... Read More →
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25
JUL
2011

Football Necklace

Swiss designer Noémie Doge makes unique jewellery out of unconventional materials – the above necklace made from a football is a prime example.  Her work strives to find richness from the visual strength of an object rather than the preciousness of a material.  Some of her... Read More →
22
JUL
2011

Speedo Dress

London is nothing but rain at the moment, and having just heard that heavy showers are on the way once again, we may well be swimming to the pub this Friday night…  This does however create the perfect excuse to showcase these gorgeous pieces from the SS11 range by From... Read More →
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18
JUL
2011

Sunday Best

I couldn’t possibly let this one go amiss – designer Demelza Hill‘s ‘Sunday Best’ – a fabulous jumpsuit made of dusters.  As well as having an awesome name, Demelza is one very talented young lady.  The ‘Sunday Best’ jumpsuit pays... Read More →
17
JUL
2011

Hot off the Press

Hats off to Holstee who have created the Original Upcycled Wallet made from upcycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.  They have also teamed up with a non-profit organisation that helps individuals often referred to as ‘rag pickers’ by... Read More →
15
JUL
2011

Pure Jeanius

‘Persona’ is a collaboration between artist Jeffrey Wang, Levi’s and Taiwan’s Fubon Art Foundation.  Unbelievably, these wearable works of art are held together entirely by safety pins.  In order to keep the raw personality of denim jeans, no cutting,... Read More →
07
JUL
2011

Textured Textiles

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while – the fantastic work of author and textile artist Ruth Singer. Inspired by historical textiles, museum objects, personal heritage, memory and stories, Ruth creates one-off textile artworks and products using sustainable and... Read More →
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28
JUN
2011

Could you make a pillow case dress?

To anyone who’s a dab hand at sewing – check out US charity Dress a Girl Around the World which I recently heard about via a forum discussion on Folksy. Sew Scrumptious is doing a great job of rounding up sewing bloggers to make pillow case dresses for little girls... Read More →
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22
JUN
2011

Weird and Wonderful

Having just stumbled across this article on Belgian talent Erik Zwaga, it wasn’t going to be long before I’d start raving about his upcycled art. In addition to the humorous and surrealist aspect to his work, I love the way he groups twee decorative objects to create... Read More →
19
JUN
2011

Clean Cut

Another marvellous discovery found on Etsy.  Mid West Vintage are a clothing company based in Hong Kong that reconstruct vintage clothing into fantastic modern pieces. I couldn’t resist sharing a few favourites, all available to buy here. Shirt dress reconstructed from a... Read More →
16
JUN
2011
Woman wearing vintage style fascinator by House of Lily

Handmade fascinators by House of Lily Millinery

It’s Royal Ascot week and despite the appalling British weather, ladies from all over the UK are donning their heels and show stopping hats in the hope of standing out from the crowd. A perfect time therefore to highlight a fine example of upcycled millinery from House of... Read More →
13
JUN
2011

Installations by Susie MacMurray

It’s impossible not to be blown away by the work of Susie MacMurray – a former classical musician turned artist whose work encompasses drawing, sculpture and architectural installations.  She has gained particular recognition for her site-specific interventions in... Read More →
12
JUN
2011

Re-worked: Experimental textile design

I’ve just been introduced to a fascinating creative collaboration called Re-worked by Scotland artists Sara Nevay and Nicola Reed which has earned them a Dundee Craft Makers Award.  The project explores ideas of ‘preciousness’ in vintage and modern materials by... Read More →
04
JUN
2011

Clothes made of rat skins?

  A myriad of talent has graced the catwalk in St Martin’s Church for Brighton Fashion Week this year.  The biggest moment however has to be the culmination of the couture show last night, with a controversial collection from Jess Eaton.  After the success of last... Read More →
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03
JUN
2011

Brighton Fashion Week 2011

It’s time to venture south once more for Brighton Fashion Week 2011.  After the innovative ‘Trashion’ show last year, I’ll be keeping an eye out for sparks of genius with all things reclaimed, repurposed and upcycled.  First up though, a record is broken... Read More →
01
JUN
2011

Re Ribbons: Michelle Lowe-Holder

Loving the beautiful Spring/Summer 2011 collection ‘Summer Ribbon Reclaim’ from Canadian designer Michelle Lowe-Holder.  She cleverly utilises offcuts from previous collections and end of line cuttings to craft dynamic and individual, sustainable statement pieces.... Read More →
26
MAY
2011
Upcycled retro oval table by Zoe Murphy

Retro revamp: Revived furniture by Zoe Murphy

Since graduating, Zoe Murphy work has quickly gained attention both at home and abroad, and has already graced the shelves of Liberty’s. Her upcycled furniture celebrates the optimistic colour, pattern and style of the 1950s and includes drawings of urban and coastal... Read More →
25
MAY
2011

Salvaged Swatches: Upcycled fashion by Piece x Piece

  Piece x Piece (Piece by Piece) is a fab fashion line by San Francisco designer, Elizabeth Brunner.  The unique and contemporary designs respond to the vast amount of fabric swatches discarded each season by the fashion industry.  The fabric used in each piece is selected from... Read More →
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17
MAY
2011

Bags made from upcycled leather jackets

Love these! Bags by Hoakon Helga incorporate vintage and recycled materials, particularly vintage leather jackets.  The line is named after the designer”s grandparents and strives to achieve respect for the past and future by using sustainable methods. Images via Etsy Read More →
15
MAY
2011

Outerwear by Christopher Raeburn

The London skies have been threatening to rain all day so it seemed like an ideal time to be highlighting some superb outerwear from Christopher Raeburn‘s Spring 2011 collection.  The highly acclaimed British designer uses decommissioned military uniform and parachute... Read More →
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14
MAY
2011

Fanciful reupholstered chairs

Loving the work of Brooklyn artist Orlando Dominguez, founder of GIN Art & Design.  The ‘Bluesy Chictorian’ is an upcycled chair, transformed with repurposed leather, hair on hide and suede with the addition of metal tacks and acrylic paint. Image via GIN Art... Read More →
04
MAY
2011

Reclaimed on the Red Carpet

Hats off to Livia Firth for wearing another fabulous eco ensemble to the NY Met Ball. Stella McCartney rose to the Green Carpet Challenge with a jumpsuit made of 100% organic silk and hand-embroidered reclaimed vintage beads.  The detachable skirt is Abaca fibre (or Manila hemp)... Read More →
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27
APR
2011

Ring pull regalia

Da-Lata make bags and accessories from recycled ring pulls.  These come from cans that are collected from the sunny Brazilian beaches and bars by a small army of people known as ‘catadores’ (Brazilian for ‘can pickers’).  Waste picking is an official... Read More →
25
APR
2011

Elvis & Kresse: Bags made from fire hose material

A prime example of high end Upcycling is the Fire-Hose range by Elvis & Kresse – now sold in Harrods.  The collection comprises luxury lifestyle accessories made from genuine de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses which would usually be destined for landfill.  50%... Read More →
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