A few months ago, I decided I had a wardrobe of redundant and boring clothing and set about enlivening them. I thought about acid jeans and tie-dying shirts, using permanent markers and spray-painting stencils. None of that ended up working, but I did find the magic of bleach! Now have my own t-shirt label where I use bleach to hand-paint limited edition designs onto 100% combed cotton t-shirts. The Bleachers are for those who are into non-mass-produced t-shirt designs, supporting local artists and being a little bit different from the pack.
After lusting over the most expensive Lamborghini ever, a 28-year-old guy from China decided to build the damn thing himself by referencing a mini model of the Lamborghini Reventon to modify a second-hand Volkswagen, re-welding the chassis and relocating the engine. He spent less than US$9,500 in total, saving, what, US$990,500 off the US$2m price tag? This man is our hero.
Blik and Bruce Mau Design (BMD) just launched a do-it-yourself design tool that allows users to create eco-friendly wall graphics from the comfort of their own home. The DIY tool allows the user to become a graphic designer, creating personalized messages using dynamic letterforms. This sustainable line of wall graphics is generated from a customized font developed by BMD.
There are too many little kids that have better gadgets than most 20 somethings. It is time for them to take a break from those and pick up this book from Oliver + S: Little Things To Sew. It features adorable paper doll illustrations by Dan Andreasen, with two full size pattern sheets and two card stock paper dolls to dress. Kids love learning how things are made, especially their own clothes.
Ever wanted to try your hand at making something out of leather? This DIY passport holder is a great little project: simple in design and construction. This nifty idea was created by Jepsen Leather Goods, who make well-crafted accessories. Also check out their sleek iPad case and bicycle tool bag.
Your CD might come in a case with an interactive wheel you can spin to change the original line art. Your cassette might be housed in a 45 record melted and molded around it.
From simply refashioning old or damaged clothes into chic new ensembles (refashion) to creating glamorous gala wear out of old filmstock, plastic bottles, or fashion magazines themselves, Bloomington, Indiana’s Trashion club is one of many around the world promoting clothes that are wildly creative, one-of-a-kind, and a whole other level of recycled.