I’ve been collecting vintage crochet doilies for several months, with plans to make this pendant lamp. Finally, now that the holidays are over and things have slowed down a bit, I took the time to make my first prototype. There are a few things I need to work out, but overall I am very pleased with how it turned out. The shadows that it creates on the ceiling and walls are just gorgeous. If all goes well, I’ll add it to my home line. Please email me if you’d like to be notified when it is available.
P.S. Some people have expressed concern over the severity of the shadows. That can easily be controlled with a dimmer, a lower watt bulb, or other lights in the room. For my photos I wanted to show the extreme, so I took the photo at night with that being the only light on in the room. I think the shadows are really beautiful and they really only are that intense on the ceiling/upper walls. Not very distracting.
P.P.S. There seem to be many blogs doing DIY tutorials using wallpaper paste, fabric stiffener, or PVA glue. I would not advise using it for such a large structure, as it will probably collapse. I am still working on prototypes using industrial glues, not found in craft stores and will post it once I have perfected the process.
Junky Styling is a brilliant company that I read about a couple of years ago, accidentally came across their shop in London about a year ago, and intentionally went back again this year and bought three pieces. They basically do what I do, but remake clothing, mainly using men’s suits and sweaters. What I love about their pieces, aside from the obvious fact that they are made from discarded clothes, is that everything is so well tailored, fits beautifully and is totally unique and flattering. Every piece is one of a kind, hand made, and very well priced. Some of their collection is available for purchase online, but I highly recommend visiting their shop just off Brick Lane in the East End.
Today I wore a set of recycled rubber bracelets that I bought at a really great gift shop in Maine called Rock Paper Scissors. We stopped there on our long drive back from Pop!Tech a couple of weeks ago. The shop owner told me a bit about the bracelets, but I wanted to know more, so I searched and found the company here. These bracelets are made by women in Mali and providing them with a viable means of support. They are sold to raise funds for L’Empire des Enfants, a school for homeless children in Senegal. I love what they do and it is so nice to know you are directly supporting people in need when you purchase their products.