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Pochette III

Inspired by the colors of the buckles I have this is the result of the second pochette…there is one red left… I’ll see what materials I have to combine… I’m really enjoying doing these bags…..! It was very challenging at first, but now I can play a lot with rests of threads and it is great to see how simple can be recycling materials and achieving a piece to wear like this one…



Campana’s brothers -Sustainable design

This week I’m in a Brazilian mood… and you are going to see why…

Last week I saw a documentary about this two Brazilian brothers , Fernando and Humberto Campana, one of them is a lawyer and the other en architect and both present us great designs with non-traditional and recycled materials. They design mainly sofas and chairs, all of them very smart made.

As they said in the interview, living in Brazil let them play with lot of colors and materials and techniques they saw with local artisans.

Here I’m going to show you some models, but don’t miss their site an example of quality.

Lately I’ve found myself very worried about all the trash we are making… and I have decided to keep all the boxes, bottles and pots..; so I realized that sometimes we can re use them to keep safe our crafty staff, but then.. the rest… is simply a lot!  That’s why I’m thinking about starting a new project just with recycled materials… I don’t have a clear idea of what to do yet, but I feel I need to do it.

So, here we go…



This is one of my favorites… full of colors and texture… made with lots of materials and I don’t know why I imagine must be really comfortable sitting down in one of them…



This is another of my favorites… it is made of rest of wood and they say is like people of the favelas in Sao Paulo use to make their houses…



It looks very sumptuous but is just rope!! I think this chair might fit in every space… a hotel, a bar, a house, I found it very versatile and fashion..



The most extravagant… well, I was impressed by the imagination of the authors… but I cannot be sitting over these little creatures… 🙂

What do you think?


Interviewing Sebastian Alvarez aka Bastiano



Today we are going to discover another artist.I knew him thanks to Flickr and I found his work very interesting, with great design and very ecological.

Sebastian was born in Mendoza, Argentina (like me), and he’s been living around Europe for the last years. I can say in order to the works I have seen, he is a very versatile artist who has

worked with very different techniques and he has very good taste.

But instead of reading my words, we are going to know more about him in this interview.. enjoy it!

Personal information:



My name is Sebastian, I’m from Mendoza, Argentina. I’m 35 years old (I can’t believe it!) and I live in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tell us what you do and when did you started?

I’ve been working with notebooks for less than a year. At the beginning I made one for me, then people who know me, began to order some for them and at the same time they suggested me to sell them on Etsy.

What material do you use?

My notebooks are 100% handmade, I don’t have book binding tools so just a cutter, a ruler, glue and an old second hand sewing machine. I never took any lessons, I learnt whilst making them and looking at how books are made. Papers I use are recycled envelopes that I generally pick up from the University of Linköping, Sweden. For white pages I use a paper made of recycled ones. It is very cheap but very good quality.

Naiste Hääl (Women's Voice)
Naiste Hääl (Women’s Voice)

 Have you always worked with recycled materials? What other crafts have you made?

When I was a child I used to make little bags with rest of leather I found in my house because my parents in their”60’s hippie age” made sandals, belts and bags… Then I made bracelets, rings and necklaces with metal… but my major work in crafts yet is stained-glass / vitraux, that I worked on in Argentina, Spain and Estonia for a long time. In Sweden this kind of arts crafts has disappeared and nobody knows it which prevented me to keep working with stained-glass/vitraux.

What are you inspired by?



There are other things that are very inspiring to me as old books and other objects, vintage, and everything we can find in an office at any age. Another very important fact for me is that my notebooks not only look old and used but that when you touch them you can have the same feeling as with an old book

What do you enjoy the most in this activity?

I think is the moment of concentration… for me is like an







interaction between mind, material properties and the skills to achieve an organic concept and this is very pleasant for me. If I don’t reach this point they are never as good as I expected to be.

 What are your future expectations?

Green Edge

Green Edge

What I expect for the future is very simple, being able to be auto-sufficient with my craft work as I once made it thanks to vitraux. 



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