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Hi, I'm an architect by trade but for r & r I love to create, mostly sewing and jewellery and some crafts. My passions generally are energy efficiency and green building principles, photography, travel and art. The first craft skill I learnt as a child was sewing, which I loved from the get go, although never formally trained I’ve picked up a few skills over the years through trial and error and more recently through some amazingly generous & creative craft bloggers out there who share their time and skills tips on the web. I guess I am still finding my crafting style, and I also make a lot of things for others so i try to think about what they would like to wear rather than what i would necessarily wear. I like to up cycle and recycle materials as much as i can and although I do buy a lot of materials, as we all do to fuel our making passions, I try to buy more natural ones like cotton and wool and linen and where I don’t I use eco…

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  • Joined August 10, 2011

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wood, steel, glass, stone, fabrics, silver, handmade papers

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About

Hi, I'm an architect by trade but for r & r I love to create, mostly sewing and jewellery and some crafts. My passions generally are energy efficiency and green building principles, photography, travel and art. The first craft skill I learnt as a child was sewing, which I loved from the get go, although never formally trained I’ve picked up a few skills over the years through trial and error and more recently through some amazingly generous & creative craft bloggers out there who share their time and skills tips on the web. I guess I am still finding my crafting style, and I also make a lot of things for others so i try to think about what they would like to wear rather than what i would necessarily wear. I like to up cycle and recycle materials as much as i can and although I do buy a lot of materials, as we all do to fuel our making passions, I try to buy more natural ones like cotton and wool and linen and where I don’t I use eco fi felt (made from recycled bottles) and use mainly synthetics for linings. As I find better substitutes ill incorporate them in. In recycling and up cycling I never discard clothes, bags or belts that still have some use in them. If they can’t go to the charity shop (i.e. not good enough) they end up dismantled for salvaging buttons, belts, or if a bag i take off what ironmongery I can that is reusable and use for instance o or d rings in my bags etc. I won’t have something in mind immediately but I know I will find a use for them. It makes me feel better to give a second life to materials that have already a lot of embodied energy gone into their manufacture and production and it would be a shame to see them end up in a landfill when they have plenty good life left in them.

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