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Chocoholic Meltdown

Many of us have been literally gob-smacked by the 2018 viral news article stating that chocolate may be extinct by 2050 due to climate change! Quelle horreur. But upon further (desperate) research by a self-confessed addict it appears that scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, are experimenting with CRISPR gene editing to future-proof the cacao plant so that it becomes tougher and more resistant to viral and fungal diseases. Currently two of the major cacao producing regions (the Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana region of Africa, and Indonesia) are predicted to suffer from a reduced cultivation area as a result of predicted global temperature rises, which will speed up the spread of disease. The innovative genomic research, backed by the Mars corporation who incidentally has stumped up US$1 billion, intends to safe-guard cacao production for the future, so we can happily satiate our chocolate cravings to the moon and back. So hold the meltdown. Images courtesy of Pinterest

Doggie Knits | Wow the Poocherazzi

Is your hound on-trend or are you too embarrassed to be seen in public with your four-legged friend in case of stalking poocherazzi? Unless you’re knitting for a Saint Bernard, it’s a relatively inexpensive exercise producing a garment for your loved one. Here are some stylish knits to preserve the celebrity status of your canine fashionista. Pretty as a powderpuff, this stocking stitch pullover with matching hat (along with a multitude of variations) was available on eBay when I first sourced it but has since disappeared – perhaps due to overwhelmingly popularity. Adorable, but kind of weird to have your furball surpass you in cuteness. Strike a pose, swag in colour and slimline fit, this garment is cleverly designed with an aerated under passage to allow sensational access for those last minute calls of nature. Take a leaf, humans. Image courtesy of Pinterest. The snoods have it. Hail the Prince of Wales who made Fair Isle tank tops fashionable in the 1920s. Named after a tiny island off the Scottish coastline that forms part of the Shetland …

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 …