Month: July 2013

Interview: Jessica Jackson and her reclaimed sculptural lighting

I know you all love a good bit of upcycling (that’s why you’re here, right?) so today I’d like you to meet a woman who’s managed to combine her love of collecting, her desire to upcycle with her talents for making and teaching into a social enterprise business that is one of only a few community interest companies. UK-based Jessica Jackson and her company Jessica Found It designs and makes sculptural lighting from salvaged, reclaimed and found objects. As she writes on her Twitter profile: Not butcher, nor baker but candlestick maker, junkster, jester, magpie, messer, collector, designer – and all this from someone who actually started out a dancer! Come and join me as Jessica reveals all … Tell me about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today? I studied art, dance and theatre at university and built a working museum installation for my dissertation, which helped me understand my desire to collect and the idea of value. I’ve always erred on the side of green and made efforts to live …

Things that Caught my Eye

A few ‘who’d have thought?’ things captured my attention this week and I thought I’d share them with you … A table in the shape of an ostrich (well, the bottom half of one, that is) from famed British interior designer Abigail Ahern’s shop. Me want! Amazing watches and timepieces intricately carved from wood that not only look good but actually function, by Ukranian designer Valery Danevych. [As seen on Twisted Sifter] Brooklyn-based Bridget Collins‘ photography – arresting and quirky [as seen on It’s Nice That] White vintage furniture on a beach – apparently for a wedding but why not for any occasion, I say? [Image by CSE Photography] What’s caught your eye this week?

Interview: Gemma Anastasiou and her Deconstructed Blooms

Today I’d like to welcome a newly graduated, up-and-coming fashion designer, Sydney-based Gemma Anastasiou. Yes, I know this is not strictly a fashion blog but it is about design innovation and Gemma has managed to use this in spades when designing her graduate collection called Deconstructed Blooms. What’s more it embodies a strong ethical and sustainable ethos that, as she says, is based around the values of the ‘slow fashion’ movement. What Gemma has managed to achieve is a range of clothing made with not only natural low-impact materials such as hemp/organic cotton, silk/ hemp, silk organza and alpaca yarn but the real coup de grace is that she has infused them with flowers. Yes, real flowers. The result is something ephemeral, beautiful, delicate and whimsical but still utterly wearable (although best kept for ‘better wear’ than walking the dog!). Says Gemma: Garments are smashed and heated as a way of melding plant to cloth resulting in, not only the creation of natural colour and texture, but also eventual decay. The garments take on the …