Armadillo&Co :: Weavings auction for charity

Last week I went to Australian rug company Armadillo&Co’s 5th birthday celebration and the opening of the ‘Collage Collection’ exhibition. Armadillo&Co are a company that I admire and respect, not just for their beautifully designed and made rugs, but for what they stand for. Every Armadillo & Co piece embraces Fair Trade practices, is crafted from sustainable natural fibres including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp, and all purchases benefit local schools in their weavers’ villages in India. They are working through The Anganwadi Project to ensure that the children ‘thrive, not just survive’.

The Collage Collection exhibition showcases 20 unique weavings based on collages created by children in Anganwadi pre-schools, and woven by artisans in India. There was a silent auction on the night with all proceeds going directly to building a school for The Anganwadi Project. A huge $10,000 was raised – enough to build two new preschools in Gujarat, Ahmedabad in India.

 

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There are an additional 15 original woven artworks that are now being auctioned on eBay. Once again all proceeds will go directly to the The Anganwadi Project to build another preschool. The framed weavings are graphic and beautiful in design and craftsmanship. The auctions end in a couple of days, so go and take a look at the Anganwadi Project Charity Fundraiser and get bidding. It’s such a wonderful way to give children in the slums of India the chance of a nurturing environment, an education, hygiene and nutrition.

 

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The Anganwadi Project provides simple, safe, environmentally sustainable and beautiful learning spaces by sending volunteer teams of qualified design professionals to build schools and centres.  It relies solely on donations from individuals and companies for funding. Volunteers pay their own way and give their time to the project free of charge.

 

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LOVING :: The everyday luxury of linen bedding

I’m a recent convert to 100% linen bedding and I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to cotton now. Currently on my bed is a white linen doona cover, linen sheets in natural and extra linen pillowcases in a beautiful soft dirty pink colour. I love the those tones and colours together, and the feeling of sleeping in linen is – as dramatic as it sounds – life changing!

I was interviewed by Adairs as their May Style Editor and I shared, amongst other things, my thoughts on the everyday luxury of linen bed sheets and essential oil linen spray.

 

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Disclosure: I already owned and loved the Vintage Washed Linen pillowcases in pink, and the white linen doona cover. Adairs kindly gave me the Vintage Washed Linen sheet set and essential oil linen spray. I only ever accept products that I genuinely love and will use and that I know you, my readers, will be interested in too.

 

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ETSY FIND :: VALEZHKI hand dyed silk scarves

These beautifully coloured scarves by Valezhki are made from hand dyed silk. I can imagine that you’d feel like you were wearing a cloud or a wisp of fog with one of these around your neck. The lovely colours conjure up images of nature’s beauty: the inside of Mother of Pearl shells, storm clouds, flower petals, moss, waves and sea foam.

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Find a gorgeous scarf in your favourite colours at Valezhki on Etsy.

 

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Lovely Linen :: Fictional Objects

Melbourne-based company Fictional Objects has a range of bed linen in simple graphic patterns and a minimal colour palette that’s designed to be mixed and matched. Their designs are produced in 100% cotton in all sizes from cot to king. Look how lovely it is…

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Fictional Objects is committed to responsible manufacturing, traditional craft practice and sustainable design. I love the statement on their website that says Fictional Objects “grew from a desire to create useful, beautiful, and thoughtfully constructed products, that will be treasured and take on a life of their own”. Judging from the simplicity of design and the quality of the linen I’d say that they are achieving what they set out to.

 

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I love the colours in the first image, but I also think that a set of bed linen in black and white mis-matched patterns below would be absolutely gorgeous. Yep, loving that idea.

 

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These sleeping beauties are available from Fictional Objects online shop. Check out the full range there.

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Hello Tokyo fabric by the red thread for Robert Kaufman :: on sale

If you’re in Australia and would like to purchase fabric from my new range Hello Tokyo you’re in luck. The fabric is available now, and Remnant Warehouse has 30% off their entire range of quilting cottons this week – including Hello Tokyo. They post to Australia only and the sale finishes on Monday 18 June. Start shopping Hello Tokyo at Remnant Warehouse (prices displayed are the full cost – discount is applied at checkout).

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Thanks Amy for the tip off!

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