4 Clever, Last-Minute Costumes for Halloween

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With Halloween only a couple of days away, you may find yourself scrambling for costume ideas – and materials. Luckily, the web is a cesspool of ideas and, if you don’t want to draw directly from someone else’s ingenuity, is abundant with resources to make your own ideas achievable. The costumes below are not only crafty displays of the mind, but make good use of often disposed materials. Cereal Killer It is not a spoon that should make morning grains quake but you. This costume is best executed using mini-sized cereal boxes. Other boxes will work also, but you’ll want… read more

Undercover Reporter Shows Dark Garment Designs

Undercover Reporter Shows Dark Garment Designs

Raveena Aulakh, a reporter from the Toronto Star, certainly took her research into a news piece to the next level. Posing as a factory worker, to investigate she went undercover in a Bangladesh factory located in Dhaka. What she found was a heartbreaking glimpse into the lives of the people who work there, including children. Her investigation spotlighted Meem, a 9 year old child worker at the factory. Meem works 12 hour days in the sweatshop, and was actually Aulakh’s boss for a time. This particular unnamed factory employs almost 50 people, many who are children that have nowhere else… read more

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

If you have ever accidentally broken a favorite glass piece or heirloom dish, it can be frustrating and it may be first instinct to just throw it away. However, there are actually many things that can be done to recycle glass, porcelain, ceramic and china pieces that will enable them to be cherished in a new way. Often containing intricate designs, decorative glass pieces can be displayed in homemade jewelry. Artists are able to create beautiful items from materials like broken china. You don’t have to be a professional jewelry maker to do this, though. Check out this tutorial for a how-to… read more

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk Jewelry Displays A Refined Form Of Reuse

Steampunk jewelry pieces often utilize discarded and vintage materials to create intricate and distinctive new designs. Many steampunk styles incorporate findings from castoff jewelry and parts of other objects. These handmade items feature upcyled pieces and reused objects to produce unique, durable jewelry. Repurposed watch gears are often used to create stylish signature timepieces. Vintage lockets, pendants and pocket watches can be updated and revived with a crafty hand. This old pocket watch was given some inspiration from Mother Nature and turned into a biomechanically inspired Kafka Clock. This homage to Victorian era nature pieces actually contains an insect specimen, though this one… read more

Textiles And Reused Rags Are Rich Traditions

Textiles And Reused Rags Are Rich Traditions

Reusing and recycling can take on many forms, and it isn’t always a choice. Sometimes it is a necessity. Resourceful designs and techniques can be found cross culturally, and some have gone beyond mastering the process of creative frugality. Textiles and fabrics provide an example of how scrap materials can be formed into useful and needed items. Peru is known for its long history of world renowned textile production. Crafting blankets and protective clothing for their families by spinning organic fibers, they evolved the weaving process and references to their methods can be seen in many different designs. Known for their… read more

Specs with Style and Sustainability

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Environmentally fashion trends are on the rise and what better way to tap into the zeitgeist than with a pair of stylish sunglasses that are sustainable. Modo’s line Eco is produced from recycled metal and plastic. In addition to using recycled materials Eco plants a tree for every frame sold. Eco works to use donated frames to help those in need around the world. Schwood frames are composed of cherry and zebra wood.  These frames are handcrafted for a unique finish. Schwood tries to keep the natural essence of the wood by preserving the frame. Schwood comes in many designs such… read more

How the Climate is Shaping the Future of Design

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Necessity facilitates innovation, instigating new creations at a progressive speed. Nothing brings about as much need today as that to limit our contribution to climate destruction. One means of doing this persists through the elimination of waste. While waste reduction is often achieved by implementing sensible habits, such as limiting consumption and recycling, there remains an abundance of existing ‘waste’ that needs to be utilized and kept out of landfills. Thus, more designers are using climate change as inspiration to fuel new ideas and concepts in their work. Boutique Designers Existing businesses are implementing greener practices. Additionally, new businesses are… read more

Green Fashions In Shades Of Deep Blue

Green Fashions In Shades Of Deep Blue

The onset of cooler weather may make some lean toward darker clothing colors. However, inviting a bit of visual play in with some color can liven up a dull look. Wardrobes will wake up with the addition of pieces that have bold cobalt shades and deep hues of navy blues. These ecofriendly clothing items offer consumer conscious choices in one of the season’s hottest colors. Skunkfunk’s fall and winter fashion preview includes this blue belted dress. It looks soft, luxuriously comfortable and wearable, and works with the vivid color. The company uses environmentally inclined fabrics for their line, like recycled… read more

What Did People Wear Ages Ago?

What Did People Wear Ages Ago?

Turns out, tunics may have been the style of choice during 230 and 390 A.D. A tunic was unearthed in Norway, discovered in a bundle in an area used for hunting, surfacing from the Lendbreen glacier at about 6,560 feet above sea level. Actually discovered in 2011, the unique find has just now been revealed to the public. Experts used a carbon dating process to determine what time period the fabric originated from and stated that the garment is about 1,700 years old, predating the Viking era. The tunic features a boat neck opening and is made to be loose fitting. Displaying… read more

DIY Fashion T-Shirts

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Do you have any blank t-shirts (or sweatshirts for that matter) that you’re thinking of getting rid of? Or maybe you’d just like to insert some spontaneity and randomness into your life? This video will help you achieve both those goals. Fashion t-shirts are all the rage this year (actually every year, if we’re being honest), which means some companies feel the need to jack their prices up. Rather than waste money on those shirts, you can both save money and reuse your old shirts by creating designs by yourself.