Exclusive organic jewelry beautifully designed handmade in Italy by Giardinoblu

Don’t know what to put on for tonight NYE party? Organic jewelry is the answer! Francesca Mancini’s – alias Giardinoblu – elegant and delicate design could not be mistook with anything else. She is sincerly inspired by nature and got a sense on organic materials beauty. Thank you Francesca for the interview and the passion you put in your creations!

Happy New Year everybody!

Non sapete cosa indossare per la fine dell’anno? Perchè non provare con i gioielli naturali? Le creazioni di Francesca Mancini – alias Giardinoblu – si possono riconoscere e amare a prima vista, per la loro delicatezza ed eleganza. Francesca disegna ed esegue manualmente ogni pezzo, ispirata da piante, frutta, mare, chicchi di riso… Un grazie speciale per quest’intervista e per la passione che trasmetti con i tuoi bellissimi gioielli, continua così!

Felice 2013 a tutti!

[Giardinoblu]

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Wish you a fabulous and funny Green Christmas

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Snowy and relaxing days are here to come… Well, if you have time and you feel like being a creative sustainable maker, you could try the original “Garden in a ball” challenge:

Check out this useful resource to open source instructions of whatever type.

I have to confess... I bought them online via Grow the Planet – the ultimate social app which connects urban gardeners – yet I’m really keen on trying to make myself one!

Wish you a Happy Green Christmas!

[Instructables]

In questi giorni di neve e relax, ecco un tutorial per sentirsi sustainable maker mentre si festeggia il Natale: “Garden in a ball”, come fare un’originale palla di Natale che racchiude un piccolo giardino permanente. Devo confessare: io l’ho comprata qui già bell’e che fatta grazie a Grow the Planet.

Se non riuscite a trovare l’onda della creatività, su questo sito potete trovare una serie di ‘istruzioni’ open source in molteplici ambiti.

Sustainable fashion online shopping tips

Here you are a some tips on where to shop online ethically still quite cheaply. If you haven’t shopped yet on asos you should try their “Green Room” section. It’s fun and quickly delivered to your home. There you can find a selection of ethical/ vintage jewelery (like made), several clothing items and these sustainable cachemire made in Scotland extra long gloves.

After dressing yourself, you should thing of dressing up your favorite equipements: did you know Pijama? Textile sourced in Turkey / Portugal, manufactured in Italy (precisely Milan) , wordlwide shipped – astonishing design.

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Handwoven · Tessuto a mano

Originally published on Slowear Journal on Oct 8th

Thanks to Francesca Stignani for translation

Leggi in italiano

Weaving like in the old times is an anachronistic and yet intriguing job. In Peillac, a small town in Southern Provence, Atelier aux Fils de l’Arz, owned by the Lesteven family, is one of the last places in France where they still know how to weave on a hand-operated loom, the métier a bras.

The small firm’s activity focuses on the creation of fine handwoven fabrics, made with strictly natural raw materials – eco-friendly yarns such as hemp (from Italy), linen, soy fiber and zero-mile wool from the sheep bred on the grazing land opposite the maison.

Bruno, father and husband, is in charge of the hard work. i.e. the weaving. It takes accuracy, concentration, quickness and muscular strength to control a huge six-pedal treadle loom. Wife Gaëlle is a couturière – a designer and a dressmaker. She likes to make things for her kids, friends and relatives, while Bruno’s fabrics are sold through the Internet and in the organic textiles fairs.

So what makes handwoven fabrics so unique? Mainly their strength – they last much longer than industrial fabrics, not to mention the fact that they can be customized even as far as small amounts are concerned.

Whoever wishes to learn more about this charming and traditional job can opt for a one-week internship at the Atelier – there are different levels of teaching, according to the apprentice’s basic skills. In case you’re just curious, just ask for a guided tour and you’ll be able to see old looms and century-old fabric remnants.

· Atelier Aux Fils de l’Arz ·

My WWOOFing week in France – #2 Ecological housing

DID YOU KNOW…? The green roof (with humus and plants on it instead of tiles) is said to be a perfect thermal insulation system, besides being beautiful and saving your money.

LO SAPEVATE CHE…? Il tetto vegetale (disseminato di terra e piante al posto delle tegole) svolge una buona funzione di isolante termico, oltre a essere un decoro per l’ambiente e a a costare molto meno!

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