It’s both scary and exciting to think that I’ll soon leave my little family for three weeks, to travel to the Himalaya mountains to help a medical team bring health care to people in remote rural Nepal.
Last night the UK suffered it’s third terrorist attack since March. It has only been two weeks since 22 year old Salman Abedi set off a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killing 22 people and injuring more than 60, amongst them many young children. Fast forward to last night and 7 people have been killed so far and 48 people taken to hospitals after 3 jihadis knocked down pedestrians on London Bridge before then attacking innocent civilians enjoying a Saturday evening in Borough Market.
Around the clock reporting will dominate the news and social media in the coming days, and with the ‘One Love’ benefit concert taking place this evening it is impossible to shield children from these horrific events. So what’s the best way to talk to your children to alleviate their fears.
Haptic Lab produce the most wonderful handmade kites, recently the New York based design studio have released two new characters into their flying animals collection. Their magical crane and whimsical swallow bird kites can either be set free to sore through the skies or displayed indoors to show off their splendour. In fact Haptic Lab founder Emily Fischer has the new swallow hanging in her babies room. Gorgeous pure simplicity and exquisite craftsmanship, check them out.
The Mashambas Skyscraper is a project designed to improve the lives of small farmers in Swahili, East Africa. It will host education, training on agricultural techniques, cheap fertilizers, and modern tools. The structure will be made of simple modular elements, easy to assemble, deconstruct and transport.
The clothing and homeware of Muskhane is inspired by the energy of Nepal, entirely handmade in a palette of rich and vibrant colors. The home collection, in felted wool brings softness and good cheer, where clean lines and high design meet fun and whimsy. In 100% cashmere extra fine-knit, the garment collection is incredibly soft and inviting.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week, the #whomademyclothes campaign which takes place in April falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1 138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. As a result this is the day ‘Fashion Revolution’ was born. During the week, brands and producers have been posting with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain. Many children’s labels and producers have been taking part, lets find out more…
Mouse in the House captured our interest at Playtime New York with a wonderful earthy toned knitwear collection. So how do you create this muted colour palette? Natural Plant Dye, a process that has been in practise since ancient times, with the earliest written record of the use of natural dyes dating back to 2600 BC in China. Mouse in the House let us look at the dyeing process of their producers in Nepal and we discover more about this interesting process of making natural plant dye knitwear.