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Posts Tagged ‘recycled’

Great ideas for homemade Christmas Decorations for 2013

If you aspire to make your own DIY Christmas ornaments you've come to the right place: here's the best I've found on my travels around the internet. Think pom poms, polymer clay, twig trees, woven paper stars and more!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas snowflake ornament polymer clay cane blue

I've been collecting Christmas decorations for as long as I can remember, so it's not like there is a shortage of baubles and other pretty objects with which to decorate the house: in fact this year we've been quite minimal since we only have a small oriental fir tree in a pot (hopeful that it won't drop, and that we can pot it out in my parent's garden and use it again next year) and the house is full to bursting with colourful things against which decorations must compete. And yet, I would like to make some decorations: for in my mind nothing can beat that handmade touch in the home, and Christmas is the perfect time to make something frivolous and pretty for no reason other than it looks good.

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It is at this time of year especially that I really feel the lack of my own creativity, having spent the rest of the year discovering, marvelling over and writing about others who are busy designing and making. And all the time I mourn the lack of… read more

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Hellen Van Rees: London Fashion Week A/W 2013 Catwalk Preview Interview

New writer Jessica Cook chats to designer Hellen van Rees prior to the launch of her A/W 2013 collection at LFW this weekend.

Written by Jessica Cook

Helen Van Rees A/W 2013 by Claire Kearns Up-and-coming Dutch fashion and textile designer Hellen van Rees is presenting her independent collection SQUARE3 ANGLE: THE TRANSFORMATION at London Fashion Week […]

Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: 12 Top Kitchenware Designs

Choose from ceramics, oven gloves, sustainable plastic ware, wooden trays and chopping boards made from felled trees of London.

Written by Amelia Gregory

I’ve brought you the best cushions, the best mugs and the best tea towels, and now here is the best of the rest of the homewares I found whilst scouring […]

Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Middlesex University Jewellery Ba Hons Review

Beautiful collections from Middlesex jewellery designers - watch out for future stars including Tanya Garfield, Franziska Lusser and Chaca Jacobsen.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Chaca Jacobsen. The jewellery design course at Middlesex University habitually turns out some wonderful artisans and this year was no exception, with collections inspired by themes of tradition, adornment, religion, […]

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Joanna Cave: London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Collection Preview Interview

Inspired by Indian colours and patterns, jewellery designer Joanna Cave also cites the essence and femininity of Indian women as an influence for her gorgeous A/W 2012 collection.

Written by Miranda Williams

Joanna Cave A/W 2012 by Gemma Cotterell Joanna Cave has become synonymous with both ethical consciousness and beautiful design. Her mother is Greek and her father is English, so after […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland S/S 2012 in Łódź: Showroom

The best of the stands, including some wonderful upcycled shoes from Kollana, fashion illustration from Maggie Piu, hand made owl bags and jewellery made from plastic bottles by Ekoista.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Kollana Shoes by Celine Elliott. Time for a quick round up of the best brands that I found in the Showroom at Fashion Week Poland. Held in the industrial sized […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule S/S 2012 in Łódź: Dominika Naziebly

Dominika Naziebly presented Cold Summer as part of the Off Out Of Schedule shows on Saturday 29th October 2011. Eco fashion at its best!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Dominika Naziebly by Rebecca Higgins. Having won the Golden Thread Awards earlier this year, Dominika Naziebly stepped up to the mark with another beautiful ethically produced collection that used eco […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule S/S 2012 in Łódź: Paulina Plizga

Eco designer extraordinaire Paulina Plizga showed Flesh & Bone on Friday 28th October 2011 as part of the Off Out Of Schedule. Inspired by the darker side of dance.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Paulina Plizga S/S 2012 by Cruz. For her S/S 2012 collection Paulina Plizga was inspired by dance, so leading the Flesh & Bone collection down the catwalk was contemporary dancer […]

An interview with Accessory Designer Hope Von Joel from Eye of the World Designs

Hope Von Joel is a fashion editor and stylist who set out to create an accessories collection from wood, with partner and woodcraft expert Liam Motyer. The result was Eye of the World Designs.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Eye of the World S/S 2012 collection by Milly Jackson. Hope Von Joel is a multi-talented knitwear designer, more about stylist, see fashion editor and accessories designer. But just how […]

New Designers 2011 Part One: Contemporary Craft Graduate Show Review

The best Contemporary Craft came from Ashleigh Williams, Sarah Bevan and Hollie Anderson at Hereford College of Arts who deservedly won Best Stand. There was also lovely stuff from Nottingham Trent University - especially Laura Matthews' upcycled acrylic rats.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Creatures, troche by Hollie Anderson, purchase at Hereford College of Arts. During part one a large part of exhibition space was given out to what is known as Contemporary Craft […]

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, visit before the courses depart […]

Plastic Seconds creates a wall for Supermarket Sarah

Maria Papadimitriou is the brains behind sustainable jewellery brand Plastic Seconds, creating wonderful bold pieces out of other people's rubbish. So very clever.

Written by Amelia Gregory

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Maria Papadimitriou‘s work. Not only does she produce many wonderful collaged illustrations for Amelia’s Magazine but she also creates the […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule A/W 2011 in Łódź: Maldoror

Maldoror by Grzegorz Matląg featured lots of recycled materials in a collection that was shown at Off Out Of Schedule on Sunday 8th May 2011. Loved the red. More of that please!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Maldoror A/W 2011 by Fawn Carr. The hissing sighs of Diamandas Galas provided the musical backdrop to this edgy show from Maldoror by Grzegorz Matl?g, pills which featured street cast […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule A/W 2011 in Łódź: Paulina Plizga

Paulina Plizga of Silesia showed an upcycled collection that had real promise: part of the Off Out Of Schedule shows on Saturday 7th May at Bielnik and Elektrownia in Podsiadło Ksiezy Mlyn.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Paulina Plizga by Hannah Simpson. The last of Saturday’s Off Out Of Schedule featured the work of Paulina Plizga from Silesia, viagra 100mg a graduate of the School of Fine […]

The Golden Thread Awards at Fashion Week Poland A/W 2011: lovers of Raggedy Grunge

The grungey aesthetic was channelled in a few different ways for A/W 2011 by fashion designers Agnieszka Kowalska, Monika Jaworska, Dominka Naziebly and Sabina Koryl.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Agnieszka Kowalska by Victoria Haynes. I have learnt that grungey raggedy looks are a great favourite of Polish fashion designers. And so is grey. How they love their greys! No […]

Christopher Raeburn: the fashion designer who is working wonders with old fabrics

We've been championing ethical designer Christopher Raeburn for what seems like forever... so of course he made it into Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration with bells on. Here's a taster of what you can find in the book...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Design by Ruth Hill, physician rx Illustration by Dee Andrews This week’s wet Monday was brightened up considerably by a trip to the Royal Collage of Art’s first work-in-progress show […]

Christmas Gifts: Art, Jewellery and Homeware Ideas

My second Christmas gift round up features lots of handmade, upcycled and unique goodies from the likes of 123 Bethnal Green Road, London Kills Me, Tatty Devine and the Soma Gallery

Written by Amelia Gregory

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

ROKIT Recycled

ROKIT, everybody's favourite vintage store, launches ROKIT Recycled - a new initiative to re-work old vintage fabrics into new, covetable pieces…

Written by Matt Bramford

First, medications case what interested you about Womenswear and subsequently the Womenswear MA at Central Saint Martins? A desire to design clothing for myself I guess is what first drew […]

The Clothes Off Your Back

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Written by Jonno Ovans

Richard Hogg: Off The Wall Concrete Hermit Gallery Concrete Hermit?5a Club Row? London?E1 6JX Until 29th August 10am – 6pm Mon – Sat Off the wall is a simple story […]