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More Buttons!!

23 Jan

I was excited when I found this being made as a window curtain or drape(don’t know what name suites it best) at the Fretex redesign work-shop in Drammen.

So cool I have to say! Buttons have no end when it comes to design ideas.

Little treasurer, are they not? especially when put together.

Think twice before ever throwing away a single button people.

Food for thought

30 Oct

Putting old fabrics to good use

26 Oct

How does a 34 years old who has a husband, two children and lives in a small house in the forest edge with two cats and ten hens in the garden  do this.

See for yourself and pick a leaf or two 🙂

Presenting

Elisa Kolle

 

How did I discover this beautiful work you may ask.

Well I recently entered a redesign competition and Elisa Kolle happens to be one of the top three that will probably win a 50,000NOK prize. Waiting to see if she will win. I was not part of the selected three  which is completely cool because the top three( and the other competitors) had products designs that are more prize-worthy than mine.

World challenge

12 Oct

A one of a kind competition was going on without my knowledge!!! Check this out

I  now have the pleasure of knowing about it. I discovered it through a friend, Marianna B, one of my fellow ‘green designers’ and was beyond inspired by what the competition is all about. Talk about global justice green style, OH ya!!! Something I thought was impossible is coming to life and catching on like wild-fire.

Check it out people and VOTE VOTE VOTE…

Energy saving stove from Uganda

Beautiful polythene baskets

Reblog: the art of re use revisted

6 Oct

This hits straight home, the art of reuse is what Fretex thrift shops are all about.The highlight for me is the Eco friendliness of it all.

Asikere Afana

I’m revisiting the art of re use (already I know I just posted on them below). But I just found a documentary they made about their store in addition to some cute things cool things they’re doing with kids and had to share. Plus there are girls in the crew who need to be highlighted too!!! Plus (revisited) these are Toronto cats so real proud of the city.

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Reblog: An Ultimate Cheap Trick!

29 Sep

This inspired me so much I can,t help but share. As usual, Laura has something clever up her sleeves

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Please take a few moments to watch this inspirational video about the amazing good that can come from an empty plastic bottle.  Video

Isang Litrong Liwanag  (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

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Titi Ademola.

15 Sep

Afro-centric style, evident in its use of vibrant colours and textiles fashioned together with up to date, modern silhouettes and designs.

Ghanian fashion designer, Titi Ademola.

Holwood Actress Nicole Ari Parker

looking casual yet chic in an ankara print dress from Kiki Clothing, by Nigerian-Ghanian fashion designer, Titi Ademola. http://kikiclothing.com

Book furniture

14 Sep

If you have many books that you just want to get rid of, here is a way to do it that is Eco-friendly.

Richard Hutten - layers

Book Desk

Modern Afro design

8 Sep

My discovery of  VLISCO, a dutch company that makes cotton fabric with Afro inspired prints led me on a very addictive journey. I say addictive because I could not stop exploring their site, thier designs and prints appeal soooo much to me. I don’t really know why, maybe its a thing in my Afro blood :). Below are some of the designs they have.

 

One thing led to another after discovering vlisco and I now spend a lot of my free time checking out African designers on the internet.(I am a little embarrassed that I didn’t know about some of them before, they are so awesome!!!). The ones that caught my attention most are those that use traditional african fabrics and print in their designs. Here are some of my discoveries.

Sika is an African clothing brand based in the UK.  Designer Phyllis Taylor is the brains behind SIKA and she has been making great strides in the fashion industry by incorporating  traditional African print fabrics such as tie and dye, batiks and wax prints with contemporary styles.

 

Ugonna Omeruo (from Nigeria)

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And from Uganda, Gloria Wavamunno

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

6 Sep

Leslie Oschmann  redesigns Old paintings  into wonderful bags that have stories written all over them. She also combines a typical African fabric called dutch wax print manufactured by a company called Vlisco with used dutch mail bag  to make rack-sacks.

Leslie Oschmann oil Paint bags

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

Each bag has a story to tell.

A used Dutch mail bag combined with a Dutch-wax Print fabric.

She up-cycles furniture with oil paintings too.

Read more about here work here http://blog.piajanebijkerk.com/WordPress/2010/06/17/exclusive-leslie-oschmanns-latest-creations/

Her use of a typical African fabric got me interested in seeing how other designers have it fabric and I discovered that Vlisco, the company that makes the fabric Lesie uses,  also  has a line of gorgeous bags.

Bags by Vlisco

After discovering Vlisco my interest for them grew more and more, Maybe its in my African blood :). Apparently their fabrics appeal to mainly the African market. It is lately catching on like wild-fire on the internationally fashion-wise but that’s a story for another day. Till then, enjoy!