Archive for the ‘Handmade’ Category

Some things are better the second time around. Case in point: Ecoist’s collection of fashion accessories designed and made entirely from repurposed Coke Cola labels. Ecoist sources its raw materials from Coke manufacturers in Peru (rescuing the misprinted or discontinued), and local artisans weave labels into a variety of bags and clutches. Check out the […]

Photo courtesy of splityarn Here’s an easy idea for tree ornaments. Make them for you or send them as gifts. Design it yourself: 1. Get your blank canvas: a package of class glass ornaments from a crafts store (I get mine at Michaels). 2. Be innovative: use whatever lovely leftovers you can find. This is […]

It’s always exciting to see what’s new at Illu Stration, Mary Ann Williams’ German-based design studio known for innovating exquisitely tactile felt furnishings and accessories. Mary Ann sent me these photos earlier in the summer (oops) but aren’t they perfect for late fall? Oak Leaves is a modular system which are either available assembled or […]

I can hardly contain myself — one of my favorite contemporary artists Tara Donovan is exhibiting again. Her latest work Colony, an undulating carpet of no. 2 graphite pencils (18,000 used in all) has joined other installations at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA — revealing the artistic possibilities of the prosaic pencil. Fab […]

Hi Fab Green, I’ve been looking for little baskets made of some kind of re-used plastic, have a weave-like look and available in lots of colors. Have you heard of anything like this? Please let me know where to find them if you have. Thanks, Liane Dear Liane, Thanks for writing! Recycled plastic is becoming […]

These gorgeous boho chic purses and clutches by Piece Lilly are crafted from recycled and vintage fabrics. Designer Jennifer Farrington and business partner April Kline launched the label in 2004. They source fine fabrics from estate sales, flea markets and thrift shops and piece together ingenious pattern-on-pattern styles. Available at Piece Lilly’s Etsy Shop.

Use UK is the brainchild of designer Nicola Prodromou, a “recycled interiors company” that transforms old textile sample books, fabric remnants, and recycled cardboard into elegant, high style lampshades, throw pillows, wall art — even bookmarks for bibliophiles (that’s me). The studio’s raw materials are gathered from Nicola’s day job as a design technician, “I […]

I am enthralled by these gossamer pieces of jewelry designed by Arre. Crafted from of all things–rubber bands. Whoever would have imagined that rubber bands could appear so delicate? Arre’s debut Collection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings is based on the concept of notions stores, and the transformation of everyday objects into fun, wearable works […]

Mary-Ann Williams of Illu Stration just sent over some pictures of beautiful light furnishings for spring. Amazing. Her felted rugs blew me away last year, and she continues to push her felting methods to new heights. Thanks Mary-Ann! 01 ORIGAMI Pendant lamp, floor lamp, lampshade: felt 100% pure new wool 02-03 PLISSEE un-dyed felt Pendant […]

If you happen to live or plan to visit San Francisco between now and May 6, you may want to check out the Masters of Bamboo: Japanese Baskets and Sculpture in the Cotsen Collection at the Asian Art Museum. Bamboo has become the veritable wonder material of the fashion and interior design worlds, appearing in […]