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Repurposed Military-ware

The ultimate in upcycling and repurposing is turning old military items and war-time materials into functional and wearable peacetime pieces. Who’d have thought Jerry Cans, unexploded bombs, shell casings and disarmed nuclear weapon systems could be anything other than unwanted waste? Danish Fuel Danish Fuel collects original World War Two Jerry Cans from military surplus stock houses and with a lot of elbow grease breathes new life into them to create Bar Cabinets, First Aid Stations, Bathroom cabinets and Trolley suitcases. And in case you’re wondering where the name came from, ‘Jerry’ was the slang word used by the British and American armed forces for the Germans during World War II. The can’s original name was ‘Whermacht-Einheitskanister’ , meaning armed forces unit canister and was designed to hold fuel. Article 22 Article 22 partners with artisans in off-the-beaten-track places to create modern jewellery with provenance. Their first collection, Peacebomb is jewellery handcrafted in Laos from Vietnam War shrapnel. Each piece gives back to support traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, community endeavours and contributes to the Mines Advisory Group …

Interview: CRASH Jewellery

If you’ve ever fancied owning a luxury car – a Porsche or Maserati perhaps – but just can’t quite afford one, jewellery designer Christi Schimpke of CRASH Jewelry has the perfect solution. She designs and makes sustainable cuffs, bangles, earrings, necklaces, rings and cufflinks from the metal of late-model luxury cars such as Maserati, Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and more. What a great idea! With a husband who runs an automobile collision repair shop, Christi was in an ideal position to see the amount of cast-off sheet metal and parts being replaced on such luxury cars and work out ways in which to upcycle them. It’s an idea that has taken off since she began four years ago. So much so that her pieces were featured on the runway in the 2016 Style Fashion Week LA with clothes by the designers Fuschia Couture and I-Am-Zoe. Please introduce yourself. Tell us about your background and how you’ve got to where you are today. My professional background is/was in art history. I have my masters in Italian Renaissance …

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s Father’s Day Down Under on Sunday September 3, so we thought we’d compile some gifts ideas to turn Father’s Day on it’s head. And if it isn’t Father’s Day in your part of the world, maybe this will inspire you to buy something unique for the men in your life – for their birthday or for Christmas. From top left to right: The Standard Apron from Jeanbag, handmade from recycled denim jeans; Kappa Wood Watch made from 100% natural wood and non-toxic materials by Panache Living; The Knife Block crafted by Tasmanian designer Duncan Meerding; Drew the Table Lamp in black by clever designers Michael and George. From top left to right: Upcycled Cork Rubber Toilet Bag from Ecoupcycle Studio on Etsy; Bacon Wallet for bringing home the bacon from Third Drawer Down; Rap Lyrics Fortune Cookies by Fortune Cookie Flows; Rounded Base Bar Whiskey Glasses from Cool Hunting. Happy shopping!

Interview: Hamimi Design | Celebrating Moroccan Artisans

Working as a business duo on opposite sides of the world has not deterred brother and sister designers and founders of Moroccan boutique brand Hamimi Design. In fact, it has brought them closer together, says Alex of their unique working arrangement. With Alex living in Brisbane, Australia and Rebecca in Marrakech, they have a designed a business around each other’s strengths, love of Morocco and the desire to produce quality products – jewellery, bags, lighting – using talented local craftspeople. Tell us about yourselves and about the Hamimi brand Rebecca:- I have called Marrakech home for the past decade after travelling there on a whim and falling in love with the city. I later fell in love with my husband Larbi Cherkaoui who is a well-established Moroccan artist (www.larbicherkaoui.com). I am also a painter, having studied fine art in Australia. Hamimi’s studio in Marrakech shares a building with Larbi’s art studio and gallery. We have a 5-year-old son Soulaiman and live in Gueliz, a cosmopolitan ‘French’ area just outside the Marrakech medina. Prior to Hamimi, …