Thrashion: Retro style lamp shades made from recycled skateboards

Thrashion, the 100% skater own and run DIY business creating recycled jewellery out of broken and recycled skateboards, are creating a series of retro style lamps and pendants from decks.

The lamp shades and pendants borrow from modern, timeless design aesthetics and combine it with pieces of broken and recycled skateboards, giving the pendants and lamp shades a pop art feel.

Thrashion’s pop lamps are slated to be available this month, according to Thrashion’s Facebook page.

The stylish lampshades is the latest venture from Thrashion founder and designer, Nat Rigby. Nat Rigby set up the Cornwall-based brand in 2007 when pregnant with her son. Having always been passionate about recycling, the inspiration came to her after coming across her and her husband’s old skateboard decks.

In an interview with TVSC, she explains: “I was needing some creativity in my life after a long break of not making. I found our old skateboard decks in the attic and had a lightbulb moment.

“I started off using handtools on a work bench outside our backdoor while the baby was sleeping (under a tarpaulin when it was raining), sustained lots of injuries but after lots of attempts made my first bangle and I was hooked. I started making bits and bobs for me until I was brave enough to approach my first shop/gallery and it all grew organically from there.”

Every item made by Thrashion is handmade and unique. The stunning, precision-crafted collection is small, colourful and eclectic. Over the years, Nat Rigby has produced items that have included wooden bangles and rings; statement necklaces; a brass ring featuring a skateboard inlay; recycled skateboard belt buckle; and bunting. The brand, which is stocked in stores including the Tate Modern gift shop, produces its collection in a limited run.

Nat Rigby explains: “The difference with my brand is the innovation as we only release items in limited runs so they are not available for long and we rarely re-release products so once they’ve gone they’ve gone, so you know you are buying something very unique.”

Currently, skateboard decks are donated to Thrashion by skateshops, skateparks, skate companies, pro skaters and friends. Thrashion also operate drop off points in shops in Cornwall.

No piece of a skateboard ever makes it to the waste bin in the creation of a Thrashion item, as Nat Rigby assures she finds a way to use the entire deck, even turning any dust created in the making in to fire briquettes.

She adds: “Being an eco friendly brand we [Thrashion] take care to keep our carbon footprint as low as we can and ethically source all our materials from within the UK.

“The environment is very important to me and my way of saving the planet is by making small but significant changes. My company is very energy efficient and we have a very low carbon footprint, when we have a bit of capital I’m going to invest in a wind turbine so we can run on renewable energy.”

Images: © Alec Barton and © Thrashion

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Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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