maanantai 31. elokuuta 2009
Hehey! My latest DIY MissMix magazine fashion tutorial is out. How to make AirMail inspired fashions with fabric printing supplies. Letters used to carry news and stories from around the world before e-mail was invented and the world became a very small place. Hussein Chalayan designed a folding envelope dress 10 years ago and since envelope styled pieces have been seen every now and then, the latest being the Fall 2009 coLlection by Daydream Nation. The AirMail print can be made to almost any plain colored piece of clothing, like a t-shirt or skirt. I made it to a white short sleeved shirt. Finnish tutorial can be found at MissMix magazine and the English (translations coming this evening) tutorial at Flickr.
Inspiration for Air Mail styled fashion projects:
Envelope dress and t-shirt by Daydream Nation, Fall 2009 collection. In a magazine and worn by Style Bubble.
Envelope jacket by Hussein Chalayan. Also worn by Björk on one of her album covers.
This is the original folding AirMail dress by Hussein Chalayan designed in 1999.
Envelope clutch by Paul Smith.
Envelope fashions donot have to be made on a white base. Black, gray and other colors work as well.
Air Mail styled Mighty Wallet.
sunnuntai 30. elokuuta 2009
After a furious afternoon writing about textiles recycling it warms my heart to see that Norwegian Wood, the queen of DIY fashions and loved by all fashion bloggers, has designed new gorgeous and amazing items!! If you want them, check out her shop at Etsy and photogallery at Flickr.
Feathers and fringe harness.
Beaded fringe harness.
Thrifted lace and crocheted tablecloths and ribbons inspiration for home decor and dressing up. Remember that if white and off-white are not your favorite colors, most laces and especially crocheted textiles can be dyed to almost any color in the washing machine. I use Dylon and Nitor dyes. Top image a jewelry display made from a crocheted table cloth by ResurrectionFern.
Lace necklace by BitterBethany.
Lace earrings by Whiteowl Remade.
Crocheted napkin ring by Andrea Singarella.
Crocheted shelves decor by kimhas6cats.
Via Desire To Inspire.
As it turns out private people are not the only ones forgetting to recycle... I was quite furious this morning to read from the news that Finnish clothing shops trow unsold stocks of clothes to landfills. Unfortunately Finland is propably not even the only country doing this. According to a representative of Association of Fashion Retailers in Finland interviewd for the story, donating unsold stock to charities is bad for business and company image and that´s why they choose to destroy them. It is embarrassing for the shops to have consumers know how much of the goods bought are in fact left unsold (bad buying). Consumers might also be offended if they find something the have bought full price being sold at charity shops cheaper.. "Embarrassing... Offended..." WTF??!!!!!
Of course it is impossible to sell everything during the season, and companies can in fact choose the way to discard their property as they see fit. But landfills are not the answer as it is a terrible waste of all the recources, materials and energy that has been used to make the garments in the first place! If donating the goods to charity does not seem like a good idea for the shops (and I honestly de not see how it could hurt them), there are plenty of other ways to recycle unsold stock. Outlet stores, recycle them as energywaste or re-selling them to textile recycle companies, like Dafecor in Finland, just to name a few.
This amount of waste is not peanuts we´re talking about. For example according to TWaste.com "Textile waste makes up approximately 8% of the total waste in California. While the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 97% of post-consumer textile waste is recyclable, unlike paper, plastic, and aluminum waste recycling, most communities do not have systems in place to address the fabric component of the waste stream."
And how is this possible that companies are not required to recycle their stock more responsibly? Or that dumping new and unused goods to landfills is even legal? I thought there would have been at least a penalty fee for doing so. Or there should be so companies would not consider dumping as an option so easily! When is EU going to come up with a certificate for companies that do recycle responsibly?! Consumers could use that as reference when they think of places to spend their money in.
Did you know this about recycling textiles:
1. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that about 97% of post-consumer textile waste is recyclable.
2. By simply donating all of your used textiles to participating thrift stores, you can help to significantly reduce the burden on our landfills.
3. Over 70% of the world's population uses secondhand clothes, so your old clothes can be used to help people in need.
4. By recycling textiles you benefit your local community by creating local jobs that generate local tax revenue.
5. Textile recycling companies work closely with charitable institutions to find new homes and uses for old clothing and fabric items, thus reducing the operating costs for thrift stores and freeing up funding to house, feed, and train the less fortunate.
6. Textile recycling requires less energy than any other type of recycling.
7. Textile recycling does not create any new hazardous waste or harmful by-products.
8. Unwearable textiles can be reused as rags by paint stores, machine shops, auto shops, government, business and industry.
9. Unwearable textiles can be converted for industrial uses such as noise reduction or upholstery.
10. Each new home that is built uses 100 pounds of rags - isn't it preferable that these be locally generated recycled material that was saved from a landfill?
I wonder how many consumers would take their money somewhere else if a list would be published of companies that do this kind of dumping? I sure as hell would. Sometimes fashion business is just so f****d up.
To read more about textiles and recycling, check out these sites and organizations:
Tekstiilit ja ympäristö (in Finnish)
Kuluttajaviraston tekstiilien kierrätys opas (in Finnish)
Council for Textile Recycling
Textile Recycling Association TRA in UK
Photos from Needled, Twaste.com and Planet Green.
Tanya D photographed by Peter Farago for Vs. Magazine. I see inspiration for fabric scraps used to make millstone collar and lotus flower shaped necklace made from felt and feathers.
Found via Fashion Gone Rogue. Photos by Peter Farago.
lauantai 29. elokuuta 2009
Tina was spotted on the streets of Stockholm wearing a top she had knitted a beautiful shoulder detail.
Haddi was wearing a marching band styled leather jacket with zipper details.
I love this miparti black & white top with a fringe detail worn by Dimitri.
I still cannot believe I´m posting about Lady Gag fashions as DIY inspiration..... (wft?). I don´t like dissing people, so I´ll just shup up about what I´m thingking right now. Ignore the woman inside these clothes! Just look at tube scarf she´s wearing! The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this tube scarf, is to make it from a large satin/silk Hermes-styled scarf. I know we´ve got plenty of them laying around in fleamarkets here in Finland. Sew opposite sides together (reverse sides on top) to make the scarf a tube. Just one seam and I bet your new Lady-tube-scarf will look a whole lot cooler than the on older woman who donated it to charity..
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.
Relations That Suck is a art book about a creative vampire and a traveling spider that bridges the worlds of fine art, fashion and writing. I could not stop staring at the floor piece made from 20 someting bridal white bleached doilies sewn together. Pretty. Would work beautifully in a dress or as an interior wall piece or curtains.
Photo from Marilyn Yu website, found via Haute Macabre.
keskiviikko 26. elokuuta 2009
Dear Mr. Edward de Lacy. I´ve been watching and droooling after your works from Etsy for quite some time now. I still have no idea how your stunning bags have been constructed so I cannot even begin to try to imitate your bags design in my DIY projects. I just know I need 400 bucks so I can get my hands on one of these new studded babies. Intrested on a zipper necklace exchange???? :D Yours, Outi
Aren´t these bags amazing?! I case you´ve never heard of Etsy before, it´s an online shopping place for handmade thigns. Anyone can put up shop there if you make stuff yourself and want to sell them online. These De Lacy bags are 100% handmade and unique pieces of leather craft.. I honestly don´t understand why anyone would pay 1000 dollars to buy a high street fashion it-bag when artists like De Lacy are out there!
Rolex frames re-designed into jewelry by Maison Margiela. He always has a fresh take on things. Pictures from Colette. Found via Is Mental.
Margiela styled "Watch":