Women stitching their lives through cloth

What a treat! We launched the first “Travelling Sewing Box” in partnership with ALAC. It was so fantastic to meet these courageous Latin American immigrant women who spent the day sharing their immigration stories with me, we smiled together, we laughed together, we were sad together and we certainly stitched together.  What a fantastic experience for us all. A big […]

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How to tell a story through fashion, craft and textiles

A very clever lady called Mandy, told me yesterday that we teach best what we most need to learn. This really resonated with me since I have a passion to help people tell their stories through fashion, textiles and crafts but I feel that for the last many years I haven’t been telling mine. The need to document my physical […]

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How to change the world a stitch at a time?

All my life I have been involved in the fashion industry in one way or another, but I always felt that I wasn’t doing enough, that I wasn’t contributing enough.  I guess that’s what created this passion I have for teaching since I feel its a way of passing on knowledge and facilitating the environment for people to learn and […]

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The Travelling Sewing Box Project ©

Cloth with Memory A project created by Victoria Martinez Azaro As an immigrant myself, this project is very close to my heart and its main objective is to give immigrant women a voice and a sense of participation within society by giving them a space to slowly stitch their thoughts and feelings on a  piece of cloth while talking and […]

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Natural dyeing. The process behind the label

    Viahera stands for fairly made, fairly sourced and above all ethically produced accessories.The process is the base foundation of Viahera’s products and naturally dyed plant fibres are used to create beautiful accessories like scarves and bags. In her own words, designer Jeanny Buan explains the process and here is what she says: The process starts with harvesting the […]

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Can we thread identities through colour?

As an immigrant myself I am well aware of the shifts and turns of an ongoing identity that finds its way through language structures, social behavior and a constructed understanding of what surrounds us.   A dislocation of the self, as painful as it may be, can also lead to a break through of the system opening up new possibilities […]

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Weaving social links

A lot has been said about the eco – friendly fashion movement and its efforts and strategies to put an end to practices that harm the environment. However, we are not talking enough about the communities who were once affected by this global over industrialized world and we are definitely not doing enough to re build them. Weaving social links […]

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Upcycling textile waste…through recycled old jumpers

Upcycling is defined as : Reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original; ‘the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products…’. Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) Recycling is defined as: Convert (waste) into reusable material; ‘car hulks were recycled into new steel’. Oxford Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) […]

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Mapuche weaving, warping lives.

A recount of my personal experience in Mapuche weaving during some very cold days of July 2017 in Buenos Aires. Part of my fascination with Mapuche weaving is engrained in its inherent complexity both in the finished product and in its process. I have always admired Mapuche textiles mainly through its cultural significance but I never had a good understanding […]

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Luca Broccolini celebrates sustainability through a circular design modus operandi…

For sustainable brand Luca Broccolini’s owners Jenni Scoble and Jodi Soni, circular design is at the heart of their philosophy. Empathy for the process, empathy for the makers and the wearers is evident when you step into their whimsical world of beautiful wools and playful deigns which evoke a sense of nostalgia and connection with our planet. As explained by […]

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