Tuesday, 3 June 2014

And we were at Makegood!

A year ago I joined the School for Creative Startups programme. I had just got the new premises in Battersea and I was ready to work on my business and make it a success. I had visited the S4SC during their showcase at Somerset house and had pitched my business idea to Doug Richard. I was full of energy and I had lots of great ideas for The Old School Club, this course was the right thing to do.




And I must say that I have enjoyed immensely, I have learned how to create the brand, to know my market and to run a business. We have had amazing talks by very talented people, on social media, how to pitch, how to negotiate and less exciting but very important, financials. We have also received plenty of support from the programme managers and our mentors.

This all culminated with Makegood, a festival of culture, creativity and entrepreneurship where 200 very creative people showcased their big dreams. And it has been amazing.

Our stand, showing the three areas of the club: Learn, Make & Share

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Upcycling - How to spot an opportunity and 6 things you can upcycle now!

This is the first post of a series providing tips and ideas about Upcycling. I thought it would be useful to start from the basics! 

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material. 


Upcycling is a great way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. 


branch votive holder center piece

How do you upcycle?  
- RESCUE: search, browse and find pre-loved, used & old fashioned materials and pieces  .. they are all good! 
The best sources are at home, visiting flea markets (preferably in the country side, London markets know what you are after ..), eBay, second hand free websites and the skip next door. 
- REPAIR: in most cases you may need to "fix" some parts of your piece, you can use some basic upcycling techniques using glue, sand paper, a sewing machine if you are repairing fabrics or chalk paint. For wood and metal, you will need proper tools & safety pieces and some skills. 
- REUSE: find a new use to it. You don't need to use it with the same purpose it was created .. be creative! 


Debra Hall Lifestyle: Back from Remnants of the Past...A little of this and that to post

** Please check out Debra Hall's blog and website as she is the queen of super stylish junk!  

How do you spot an opportunity? 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

DIY Simple sewing project with neons and pastels


It is the trend of the summer, neons are pastels !! So here is a very simple project that you can do in a blink.

First get a neon/pastel t-shirt, I actually found this one at Asda when I was looking for a cheap pair of jeans that I wanted to bleach and re-cycle into a bag. Success (the t-shirt, the bag is still in the to-do list!!)

For the pastels, I have used an old scrap with a 60's design (from My Fabric House) to make an applique. I don't have much of this fabric left now, but I use the bits and bobs for projects like this one.

You can use some iron-on interface (I used the double-sided) to fix the applique onto the t-shirt.

I have then used some more neon threads to add some machine detail to the applique. It doesn't show on the picture but I am doing a Zig zag stitch using different colours on each of the flowers.

Voile. I will be wearing this one to the beach!!