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An illustrated life…

March 22, 2011

Chelsea Art School textile design graduate Emma Cowlam produces hand stitched and hand drawn original illustrations from a personally developed and highly unique technique. Taking inspiration from daily life, intricately descriptive images are recorded and translated into stylish, classic designs. Her work is both prize winning and internationally exhibited. Emma spent time in New York last year and much of her work is influenced by life on the streets of the fashionable city.

Emma’s beautiful illustrations have progressed into a variety of timeless pieces from framed or mounted one-off art works to larger scale interior designs. She also produces cards suitable for any occasion.

The captivating and distinctive pieces have appeared on numerous influential style sites as well as within well known media publications, such as ELLE magazine and more recently in Living Etc. Bespoke commissions are also available – a recent engagement was to design the official tote bag and logo for Homemade London, a stylishly contemporary craft studio located in Seymour Place, Marylebone (London).

Emma’s strength lies in her clever combination of traditional drawing and sewing skills that can then be manipulated to suit the digital age. It is a refreshing welcome to the design world. Visit her website at www.illustratedlife.co.uk

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Fairtrade from ASOS

March 8, 2011

We’re so pleased to see this from one of our internet guilty pleasures – shopping on ASOS!

Using Fairtrade cotton grown by farmers in Cameroon, Senegal, Mali and India, designers Holly Fulton, Marios Schwab, Ada Zanditon and Julie Verhoeven have created a collection of exclusive scarves featuring their distinct designs. Beautiful, ethically-minded fashion at its best.

You can shop these scarves in the ASOS green room – a new platform dedicated to collections with a story to tell: pioneer brands with a social and environmental ethos. ASOS Africa and ASOS.com own-brand creations.

This is exactly what this blog is all about – to show the rest of the world that there are so many beautiful things out there for us to buy totally guilt-free – it makes us at abeautifulgreenlife very happy. If anyone has any stories to share, designers to shout about, or comments to make, please tell us about it by posting a comment.

Spring is in the air

February 24, 2011

We felt a hint of spring in the air today with promises that we may soon be able to ditch the knits in favour of lighter spring pieces. The Breton stripe top is a wardrobe classic and is always a fashion forward choice for spring days. And this spring is no exception – we’ve spotted lots of Breton stripes on tops, dresses and cardis and particularly like these two offerings from organic fashion label People Tree.

The Breton stripe dress is part of the new season collection from Emma Watson’s collaboration with People Tree and is £35. Buy it here and the Maggie Stripe Top comes in three colours and is £28 – buy it here.

People Tree creates Fair Trade and organic clothing and accessories by forming lasting partnerships with Fari Trade, organic producers in developing countries. Fantastic wardrobe staples at reasonable prices with no guilt – a perfect combination in our book!

Advertising, naturally…

February 13, 2011

Curb logo examples

Curb are the world’s first natural media company. They were founded in September 2008 to provide the media and creative industry with a range of effective sustainable and natural options that could work alongside or instead of traditional advertising. Curb help their clients get noticed by their target market while minimising the impact on the environment. The result is the creation of fun engaging communications that amaze people, with no or minimal impact on the environment. Truly inspirational!

Learn more about them http://www.mindthecurb.com/