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Second hand clothes gathered for the Canary Craftivists gentle climate protest. August 2021.
Canary Craftivists: A Climate Campaign for Crafters.
I am a 'Craftivist'! (craft + activist). Through my creativity and my design work, I express my concerns about environmental issues, to gently campaign for political actions and the implementation of more sustainable solutions.
On the August Bank holiday weekend, we gathered with some of my friends at the top of Devil's Dyke in West Sussex for a gentle climate protest to draw attention to global heating. Everybody was dressed in yellow and some were wearing shirt capes and accessories that we crafted from reclaimed shirts and second hand textiles. The #CanaryCraftivists campaign which was initiated by Sarah Corbett, took its inspiration from the canary - a sensitive little bird who in the past helped warn miners of dangerous gases. On the day, the fun costumes caught the attention of many visitors and some younger children who were intrigued by the yellow outfits asked many questions.
This positive action was to gently remind people that our South Downs National Park is fragile like the rest of the planet. We need to tackle air pollution and global heating together now so we can boost our wellbeing, leave a safer, cleaner and greener place for future generations.
We made a collection of handcrafted canaries. I sent my canary named Espoir to Andrew Griffith, MP for Arundel & South Downs, to highlight to him local concerns about global heating, a greener world and cleaner air for all, in preparation of the imminent COP26 meeting of nations. He replied to me. I hope I can trust him to put his words into actions with the government.
I will continue to encourage and keep my local powerholders accountable by getting in touch with them at key times. It is just the beginning!
"Globally, we can all flock in the direction of a healthier world together whilst supporting each other on our unique journeys as local climate Changemakers. Quote by Sarah Corbett, #canaryCraftivits manual.
Our flock for our gentle climate protest. Devil's Dyke, South Downs, August 2021.
I am very happy to take part again in the Artists Open Houses Winter edition in Brighton, online this year. A huge thanks to my great friend Catherine Grimaldi who coordinated this event and who is also selling her work at ' 8 Charles Street'.
A playful and offbeat event in one of Brighton’s oldest houses. Discover a selection of artists who explore many themes including the power and beauty of recycling through textiles, illustration, animation, mosaic, flowers and photography.
Discover some of my handmade scarves and cushions which might be nice ideas for Christmas shopping...
Collection of scarves made from vintage shirts and reclaimed silk fabrics.
Floral Sleeve Scarf
' I used to be a shirt, now I am a scarf '
Come and see us at ' 8 Charles Street ' for the Artists Open Houses Summer edition during the Brighton Festival. A playful and offbeat event in one of Brighton’s oldest houses. Discover a selection of artists who explore many themes including the power and beauty of recycling through textiles, illustration, animation, mosaic, flowers and photography.
Patchworks from reclaimed denim, retro prints and vintage furnishing fabrics.
Another creative week end, teaching and exploring the Zero Waste Design Concept, collaborating with Aurore Thibout for these Origami Bag Workshops in London Fields. We shared a nice vegeterian lunch and enjoyed delicious mince pies with mulled wine after the intensive working day. Very well done to all the participants and especially to those who used the sewing machine for the first time!
Coming soon, two more Zero Waste Origami Bag Workshops -
Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December 2018.
10.30am to 5.30pm, at Elemental Studio, London Fields E8.
By sustainable designers Aurore Thibout and Laurence Teillet.
Create a Zero Waste Origami Bag made from Vintage furnishing Textiles.
Exploring the concept of Zero Waste pattern cutting, you will reuse hand-picked vintage furnishing textiles to design and make your bespoke Upcycled Bag.
Combining traditional skills with a contemporary vision, you will experiment with the materials and learn new creative possibilities to make an original, one-of-a-kind piece.
Copyright ©2018. Zero Waste Origami Bag Designs by Aurore Thibout, Emilie Zanon and Laurence Teillet. All rights reserved.
Zero Waste Workshops - Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September
London Design Festival 2018.
'Thibout and Teillet are giving two workshops in Zero Waste fashion techniques, which are aimed towards those who have an interest in creative upcycling. No prior experience is necessary and all materials are provided. The workshops focus on exploring the concept of Zero Waste pattern cutting, reusing handpicked vintage furnishing textiles to create a bespoke bag and a dress. Thibout and Teillet's programme does not only concentrate on transmitting skills and techniques; they also encourage an awareness in participants of a more ethical and sustainable fashion system, inspired by their own design work'.
By Jessica Edney - Selvedge, The fabric of your life.
Margiela / Palais Galliera, 1989 -2009
Musée de la Mode de la ville de Paris, from March 3rd to July 15th, 2018.
'This exhibition, the first retrospective in Paris devoted to Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela, traces the career, from spring-summer 1989 to spring 2009, of a designer who not only questioned the structure of garments but also challenged the structure of the fashion system'.