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Posts Tagged ‘fairtrade’

The Ecologist Guides to Food and Fashion: an interview with illustrator Lucy Kirk

Illustrator Lucy Kirk describes how she put together images for the Ecologist Guide to Food and the Ecologist Guide to Fashion.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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The Ecologist has just published two superb new books with Leaping Hare Press that detail the ways in which we can improve the food and fashion systems, both of which are so fraught with unethical and environmentally detrimental practices. The two petit guides are designed in an easy to read format and chapters are accompanied with some wonderful illustrations by Lucy Kirk, a contributor to Amelia's Magazine and one of my star picks at her University of Brighton graduate show in 2012. Here she explains the process of working with The Ecologist and the creation of engaging illustrations from often difficult subject matter.

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Best New Designs: Top Drawer and Craft London January 2014 Review

Great designs from the pre-eminent gift show, including wrapping paper, baby wear and jewellery.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It has been many years since I last attended the Top Drawer gift trade show at Earls Court, and the scope of what is now on offer is daunting to […]

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London Design Week 2011: The Best of the Independent Jewellery Fairs

During September and October 2011, London was the playground to a host of wonderful jewellery fairs and exhibitions in conjunction with London Design Week. I spent a few leisurely days checking them out.

Written by Miranda Williams

Sian Bostwick Forget Me Not Necklace by Tilly Wright The first of my visits was to Gabriel’s Wharf on the South Bank. Nestled amongst a handful of gift shops and […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule S/S 2012 in Łódź: Olga Szynkarczuk

Olga Szynkarczuk's fabulous BIOmimicry collection was shown on Sunday 30th October on the Off Out Of Schedule catwalk: brilliantly inventive and on trend laser cutting, knitwear and futuristic shapes galore.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Olga Szynkarczuk S/S 2012 by Gareth A Hopkins. I loved Olga Szynkarczuk‘s show on Sunday. BIOmimicry featured plenty of neon fabrics mixed with clever textured knitwear, sheers and laser cut […]

Central Saint Martins: Ba Hons Jewellery Graduate Show 2011 Review

Wonderful work from CSM graduate jewellery designers - including some lovely ethical jewellery from Kerry Huff and upcycled rings from Hee Jung Son. Plus Barter Bangles from Anna Heasman.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Headdress by Jing Jing Cao. The Central Saint Martin Ba shows were held for the last time this year in the iconic Charing Cross building, before the courses depart for […]

Lazy Summer Days with Handmade Ethical Clothing from Lowie

I discovered Lowie when I shared a press day with them a couple of months ago. The brand was started by Bronwyn Lowenthal nine years ago and specialises in very cute, colourful dresses and knitted garments. Illustrated to perfection!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lowie by Emma Jardine. Lowie was set up by Bronwyn Lowenthal – born in the UK, raised in Tanzania, with Jewish roots and a Welsh name. She was trained in […]

An interview with Oak fine fairtrade jewellers

We catch up with Jo-Anne Owdud and Parul Tolentino, owners of Oak: a fine jewellery boutique selling gorgeous forest inspired Fairtrade jewellery. Lovely.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

Illustration by Faye West The inspiration behind Oak jewellery is evident in its name. Delicate leaf motifs, woven twigs and acorn designs abound, all inspired by the mighty Oak tree. […]

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Competition: Ada Zanditon for Ingle and Rhode to celebrate the launch of Fairtrade Gold

Ethical jewellers Ingle & Rhode have teamed up with ethical fashion designer Ada Zanditon to produce this beautiful necklace and pendant. And you can WIN one over on Vogue if you're quick!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ada Zanditon Ingle & Rhode necklace by Fi Blog. You might remember that Fairtrade Gold launched earlier this year, a fact which I wrote about in my pre-LFW interview with […]

The Papered Parlour: Fashion in the Age of Austerity

Fashion in the Age of Austerity brought together a whole host of top notch ethical fashionistas to ask the question: is fashion wearing out the planet? Held at the V&A Museum of Childhood on Thursday 3rd March 2011.

Written by Hannah Bullivant

  Fashion in the Age of Austerity, organised by the Papered Parlour, combined so many exciting elements that I don’t quite know where to begin. It was in the most wonderful […]

Seedy Sundays: Get ready to plant something new and exciting in your garden!

We talk to dedicated organiser Sara Cundy about the growing Seed Swap phenomenon, and why swapping seeds preserves biodiversity.

Written by Faye West

Seed Swap by Gilly Rochester. I knew you could get yellow tomatoes, but apparently there are purple and yellow carrots too. Agricultural regulations have increasingly stifled the basic trading of […]

Valentines Day: Gifts and Ideas

Valentines Day strikes again! Here's my top tips for lovingly hand crafted gifts, special jewellery and ideas for romantic outings... accompanied with lots of lovely Valentines inspired illustrations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Valentines Foxes by Bex Glover. By now if you have any interest in the upcoming consumer fest that is Valentines Day you will probably already have read Hannah’s slightly bah […]

Marina Spetlova: creating fabulous upcycled fashion garments from zips

Yet another Central Saint Martins graduate doing exciting things with fabric: Martina Spetlova's latest collection makes clever use of deadstock zips. Definitely an ethical designer to watch.. this is a taster of her interview in ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Martina Spetlova S/S 2011 by Krister Selin. Fashion designer Martina Spetlova hails from Bohemia in the southern part of the Czech Republic. She studied Chemistry and Biology at university in […]

Gossypium: an interview with Abigail Petit, founder of the Lewes based ethical clothing company

Back in 2008 Amelia's Magazine worked with textile designer Brie Harrison and Gossypium to create a wonderful Kit Fashion dress and matching bag inspired by old Clothkits designs. Here's an extract with Gossypium founder Abigail Petit from ACOFI.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Gossypium with Amelia’s Magazine Sewing Kit A/W 2008, featuring print design by Brie Harrison. Illustration by Faye West. Gossypium worked with Amelia’s Magazine and Brie Harrison to create a Clothkits-inspired […]

Ciel: meet ethical fashion designer Sarah Ratty

Sarah Ratty of Ciel was one of the first designers to engage in ethical practice in the UK. Now she's involved with so much more. In this excerpt from Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration she describes the best way to design ethically.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ciel S/S 2011 by Jo Cheung. Sarah Ratty set up the label Conscious Earthwear in the early 90’s before creating the Ciel brand in 2005, which we profiled in the […]

Dem Collective: designed in Sweden by Annika Axelsson and Karin Stenmar

Dem Collective have pioneered an all encompassing approach to ethical fashion design, and their devotion to all aspects of the supply and production chain is incredibly inspiring. Here is part of their interview which appears in full in Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Dem Collective by Michelle Urvall Nyren. You were founded in 2004, with the aim of becoming a profitable company that treated people and environment fairly. How have you put this […]

Christmas Gifts: Ethical Fashion and Skincare Ideas

Amongst a sea of competing goodies I bring you my top selection of luxury ethical Christmas gift ideas from Bonbi Forest, Tout Nouveau, Liv, Dr. Hauschka, Pai Skincare and Savonnerie.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Timothy Hunt. A couple of days ago *ahem, more like a week* I put a callout on twitter for people to send me their fabulous ideas for Christmas […]

Eco Fashion by Sass Brown: A Review

Laurence King have published a guide to ethical fashion design by Sass Brown, herself a fashion designer and lecturer. But how does it stack up against my own book on ethical fashion? Here's my review.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Eco Fashion is the first book on ethical fashion design from publishing giant Laurence King. It profiles ethical fashion designers by type, embracing Community and Fair Trade, Ecological and Slow […]

The Best of Bust Magazine Christmas Craftacular, London 2010

The Bust Magazine Christmas Craftacular showcased fabulous handmade goodies: and here's my pick of the best, including Vic Lee, Urban Cross Stitch, Seaside Sisters, Andrea Garland, Xiang Zeng and James Ward. Read on to find the perfect Christmas gifts.

Written by Amelia Gregory

All photography by Amelia Gregory. My ability to get out and about has been seriously curtailed over the past few weeks by the need to get

Akamuti: natural organic skincare from Wales

Lindsey Hedges founded the Akamuti skincare brand when she was just 20 years old. She now runs it with the help of her family from her base in rural Wales. Read on to find out more about this ethical entrepreneur....

Written by Amelia Gregory

Akamuti by Jenny Lloyd. I first became enamoured with Akamuti skincare products when I discovered the brand in 2008 and subsequently interviewed them for the last print issue of Amelia’s […]

Shea Alchemy: Natural Handmade Skincare

Shea Alchemy founder Sally Mumford talks about her gorgeous skincare creams, all of which are based on fairtrade shea butter from Ghana.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Shea Alchemy by Cat Palairet. I am a big fan of cottage industries – after all, I am one myself. In the first of an ongoing series that will profile […]