Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Wearing white in winter can celebrate the season, and some designers with an ecofriendly focus know how to do it right. These cold weather fashions were seen at the Vegan Eco Fashion Label Vaute Couture show this season. This dress was refashioned using recycled satin. An organic print shirt. From the founder of Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, this vegan friendly coat is completely elegant. Vaute Couture, who partners with several animal rights and rescue organizations, uses low impact and ecologically conscious fabrics in their designs. Their Fair Trade and vegan selections use materials like bamboo jersey and organic cotton, moleskin and… read more

3-D Printed Prosthetic Limbs

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It almost seems like something you’d expect to see in “iRobot”, but 3-D printed limbs have finally made the jump from big-screen-fantasy to real life functionality. Bespoke Innovations, a boutique design firm in San Francisco, makes top-of-the-line prosthetic limbs using 3-D printing technology. Their process is simple, yet innovative in a market dominated by large one-size-fits-all firms. Scott Summit, the company’s founder, is an Industrial Designer and Orthopedic Surgeon himself, and sought to bring a human element to the image of cold, dead prosthetics. Here are just a few of his creations:     Bespoke uses a variety of build… read more

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

This Furniture Series Is Made By The Wind

Called Windworks, this collection of upholstered furniture is made with innovative techniques that smartly incorporate a renewable energy source – the wind. The entire assembly, including the wood, yarn, fabrics and dye application is made with the help of the wind. The designer, Merel Karhof, actually constructed a portable wind knitting factory that is completely ran by the wind. It includes a machine with blades that captures the wind and powers the mill. The windier the conditions are, the faster the machine is able to knit. Taking the upholstery design process to the next level she went to the Zaanse Schans… read more

Recycled Fashion Items

Recycled and Fabulous

Handmade products have a unique presence in fashion. Most handmade products have less of a carbon footprint and can be composed of recycled materials. Here are a few interesting handmade accessories designed from recycled materials. Over at Terracycle they use waste wrappers such as M&M’s, Lunchables, and Capri sun’s to make designer upcycled bags. They use a program called the Brigade that encourages schools to collect waste and send it in to earn money for school funds; individuals can also participate. Terracycle’s products are offered at most Targets and Wal-Mart’s. Another uprising trend is the swanky pull tab purses. At… read more

Shhh, These Designs Are A Secret

Shhh, These Designs Are A Secret

There are many facets to the field of design, and project ideals are just as numerous. For a bit of fun, the following covert designs take handcrafted to the next level. For a do it yourself project, this secret bookcase room shown on Hack n’ Mod can be installed for around $150 U.S. or less and reportedly can be done in a weekend. Using a lightweight bookcase, basic hardware and door hinges this can be done to disguise a secret entryway to a hidden room. This rotating door design uses a central axis and is perfect for smaller spaces. From… read more

Color Inspiration For Fashion And Interiors

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The significance of color can be seen in research on mood and behavior. Everyone from color theorists to someone just wanting to change the look of a room in their home can relate to how colors can make you feel. We may navigate to colors in our surroundings to favorite ones in wardrobe choices. Colors can inspire and motivate, whether we realize it or not. The Pantone Matching System showcases a wide variety of colors that are used mostly in printing, but can also be applied to a range of arenas, including paints, plastics and fabrics. Their recent fashion color… read more

These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

These Textiles Don’t Come From A Factory Line

Many items that were once only handmade designs are now products of the manufacturing assembly lines. Textiles can be found in retail outlets, from the mass market to the artisanal crafter, but the latter seems to be making a cloth comeback. The art of creating unique and versatile textiles that can be used for a range of around the house items to wearable fashions is steadily becoming more popular, as many prefer more natural and quality handmade materials. Paper No. 9 based in Brooklyn, New York has handcrafted, artisan made textiles. Their all natural, nontoxic and synthetic free process turns… read more

Into Yoga? Here Are Your New Clothes

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From Southern California, where the air is bad and dreams are created, comes an eco-friendly Yoga clothing company, called ‘Green Apple’. Take a look at their new line of environmentally conscious clothing, and see if it’s for you. Yoga is a method of exercise that focuses on creating a healthy mind and a healthy body, so it’s good to see a company focused on adding a healthy earth to the list.

These Projects Turn Pillowcases Into Fashion

These Projects Turn Pillowcases Into Fashion

Pillowcases can make the perfect fabric for many projects, including handmade clothing. Often more inexpensive than fabrics, it is also a neat way to utilize old pillowcases that aren’t being used. From girl’s dresses to grownup skirts and blouses, the following are inspiring ideas and patterns for pillowcase fashion designs. Make pajama shorts or lounge pants for kids, like these old-fashioned print pajamas. Not only do they look cute, but they are also comfortable and using a ribbon or a drawstring as the tie allows room for adjusting. This easy pillowcase dress tutorial also has a handy cutting and sizing chart for figuring out… read more

High Fashion Gowns Made from Recyclables

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Up-cycled fashion is making its way from DIY street wear to upscale runways and fashion exhibitions. Recycled Runway, which embodies a collection of “Eco-trash Couture”, forgoes chemically treated and new stock fabrics, instead using discarded materials to create elegant gowns. The project is headed by Nancy Judd, a public artist, speaker, and environmentalist.   Using unconventional items in place of fabric has more advantages than waste reduction. The materials themselves influence the design of the dress, creating distinctive shapes that give the gowns their flare and individuality. A good example of this is the “Junk Mail Fan Dress”, whose defining… read more