The creative juices have been flowing in the studio lately. Here is what we have been up to.
There is a boat sail manufacturer over the road from our studio, and on a whim we went and visited them to see what they do with their waste. It turns out that they waste quite a bit of materials and so we took a variety of materials back with us. They told us that each boat uses 3 different materials on their sails, and so we had a nice variety of textures, colours, and thicknesses to experiment with. The materials are very durable and waterproof making it perfect for bag making. The only annoyance is the rustling sound the thinner materials make. This material is made specifically to make a noise so that the sailor can tell how much wind they have. Amazing right!? We made these camera strap prototypes for a client, which was a great way of testing the materials on our sewing machines. Depending on the availability of the material we hope to make a limited collection of colourful bags and purses, with some colourful zips incorporated.
We recently teamed up with Bala Sport, a fairtrade football manufacturer and official partners of the Homeless World Cup. Bala Sport were interested in the way we have been tackling homelessness through our unique recruitment process and asked us if we could do anything with the promotional banners left over from this years tournament. We came up with this simple sport bag design that's spacious enough to carry a football and sports kit. All proceeds will go to The Homeless World Cup; a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their lives. The bags retail at £24.99 and are available to pre order directly from Bala Sport.
We have previously worked with Festival Republic making draw string bags out of tents discarded at Reading, Leeds and Latitude Festival. They recently contacted us to see if we would be up for the challenge of designing a 6ft lamp to stand 16ft tall at music festival entrances. This was the prototype we came up with. We have used polyester from discarded tents which glows when illuminated. We spaced each strip so as to create the effect of diffraction around the lamps. The circular parts of the lamp are also recycled 26" bicycle wheels.