Botanical Inks: Championing plant-based dye practices across creative industries and communities

Natural dyes from plants are regaining popularity once again as planet-conscious individuals seek dye and print processes without the use of any toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals. One such business aiming to encourage a return to plant-based design practices in the UK, across multiple creative industries and communities, through natural dye services and education is Botanical Inks. The Bristol-based business, founded by botanical artist/designer … Continue reading Botanical Inks: Championing plant-based dye practices across creative industries and communities

Shapethree: Pro-skateboarder Dave Bachinsky upcycles discarded decks into useful items

Pro-skateboarder Dave Bachinsky is working to reverse wastefulness in the skateboarding industry by upcycling discarded decks into useful products. Skateboarding tends to generate a lot of waste. Pro-skateboarders tend to change their skateboard every month, largely due to intense use both on the street and in skateparks. Manufacturing a skateboard requires a lot of resources – typically wood from 3-5 maple trees is used to produce … Continue reading Shapethree: Pro-skateboarder Dave Bachinsky upcycles discarded decks into useful items

DIY Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Easter is a great time to get craftsy at home with your kids. This year try something different and use natural dyes, made from a few simple ingredients that you may already have in your fridge or spice cabinet. From red cabbage, turmeric, spinach, coffee, there are numerous foodstuffs that you can use to give your easter eggs a natural hue. Note that red cabbage … Continue reading DIY Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Pulsar Moonlight: Astrophysicist creates space lamps from recycled garden globes

Astrophysicist Maria Elena has reimagined the universe to create beautiful moon and planet lamps made from recycled outdoor/garden globes. The lamps are handpainted by using scientific pictures as a reference to ensure that the craters and depressions are as close to the real thing as possible. NASA often releases new images of the moon and planets, so the Rome-based astrophysicist has to study them and change her … Continue reading Pulsar Moonlight: Astrophysicist creates space lamps from recycled garden globes

Robin Wood: Sustainable music boxes made from city wood

A furniture maker is saving old city trees in Holland from being shredded by turning them into handcrafted music boxes. Rob de Looff collects sustainable local wood, turning the city wood into beautiful music boxes. The furniture designer, who founded Robin Wood three years ago, captures the essence of every single tree he works with – whether it was felled due to sickness, damage or planned … Continue reading Robin Wood: Sustainable music boxes made from city wood

Rehyphen: Cassette tapes find new lease of life woven in to MusicCloth

Any child of the 80s will be familiar with cassette tapes. Now with analogue items disappearing completely, that means a whole heap of cassette tapes are filling up landfills. But there’s where Singapore-based Jessica Chuan Yi Xin has intersected and created an innovative new textile made from cassette tapes – MusicCloth®. Jessica Chuan Yi Xin has made use of a traditional basket weaving pattern to create the … Continue reading Rehyphen: Cassette tapes find new lease of life woven in to MusicCloth

Furoshiki: Japan’s traditional wrapping cloth with a multitude of uses

Living sustainably and maximising the use of your belongings also extends to using a product for multiple purposes. That’s where the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki comes in really handy. Furoshiki is a Japanese traditional wrapping cloth, using origami folding concepts, that is eco-friendly. It is mostly used for wrapping gift, carrying goods or as decor. Let’s say you are out and about and you have … Continue reading Furoshiki: Japan’s traditional wrapping cloth with a multitude of uses

The Truth About Moroccan Sabra: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the Mythical Cactus Silk Agave Fiber — Anou Blog

The new big thing in Morocco is Sabra, or more often referred to as cactus silk. You can’t scroll for too long on an a social media hashtag for Morocco before seeing a pillow or rug made out of sabra. From small shops all the way up to massive companies like Restoration Hardware, everyone is […] via The Truth About Moroccan Sabra: Everything You Ever Wanted … Continue reading The Truth About Moroccan Sabra: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About the Mythical Cactus Silk Agave Fiber — Anou Blog

Xapiri: Capturing the “spirit” of the Amazon and its communities

Xapiri, an online gallery and shop space, is setting out to spread the “spirit” of the Amazon and its peoples by educating nations further afield on the heritage of these indigenous tribes and their artisan skills. The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and the ancestral home to one million Indians. There are approximately 400 tribes with their own language, culture and identity. Through commissioning, … Continue reading Xapiri: Capturing the “spirit” of the Amazon and its communities