This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Handmade Festival at Hampton Court. My first year in attendance, I was impressed by the number of workshops available. I was equally impressed with the number of independent makers selling their crafts. Here are a few vendors whose craft is recycling discarded items into beautiful fashions.
I love a good story and Beck Prior, the innovative artist behind Priormade delivers! Her work utilizes discarded items with unique backstories.
Wood from church pews, old piers, even the floorboards from the world’s first radar station become one-of-a-kind, colorful jewelry.
Funky feather earrings were once bicycle inner tubes. The story of how and where the tube popped is included with the packaging. Wear a conversation starter!
Victoria Williams Jewellery
Victoria Williams uses recycled silver in her striking designs. Delicate interlocking hoops in Eco Silver were once scraps from jewelry making, medical equipment, electronics or giftware. Simple circular pendent necklaces are accented with bright resin centers. All pieces are handmade in Wiltshire UK.
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Deadstock leather, recycled plastic bottles and decommissioned seat belts, all bound for landfill, have been rescued to create these unique handbags and accessories. Crafted by artisans in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, From Belo handbags (the Portuguese word for beautiful) are stylish and ethical. In addition to providing safe working conditions and fair wages for their artisans, From Belo donates meals for each item sold: 6 plates for every handbag and 2 plates for every wallet or small accessory It is no wonder Pinatex awarded them Best Green Handbag of 2019.
From Belo’s award-winning Leka seatbelt tote handbag saves from landfill:
- 12m of decommissioned seatbelt
- 10 plastic bottles
- 900grams of fabric off-cuts
And donates 8 meals to the vulnerable of Belo Horizonte
Eye catching and vibrant, these handmade swimsuits celebrate the sun and sea. Made with Econyl, a material made from regenerated fishing nets and other plastic waste removed from seabeds, they help in the effort to clean our oceans. Digitally printed with unique designs, these reversible suits are sure to become your favorite.