frillybylily was founded in May 2006 when Lily started selling at Portobello Road Market. Since then frillybylily jewellery has been sold online, in independent boutiques across the country and Urban Outfitters stores.
Ethical sourcing and manufacturing is fundamental to frillybylily; it defines the business, and can be more challenging.
All jewellery is hand made from reclaimed materials sourced in and around London, often from charity shops and community car boot sales. Finding rare ‘frilly bits’ to make the jewellery takes time.
frillybylily is not designed into collections. Instead pieces are dependent on the materials found on a weekly basis. This means most frillybylily jewellery is completely unique.
frillybylily has been featured by BBC Radio, Grazia, Cosmopolitan, Trinny and Suzanna’s Bible and The Independent amongst other publications.
“As a result of the CSF Business Support Programme I have created new labels that are used in display and packaging, which have been really successful in communicating what I do and adding value to my product.”
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion partnered with MADE-BY yesterday at a meeting prior to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, convened by Baroness Lola Young at the House of Lords. The meeting explored the contribution that forward thinking UK fashion and textile businesses make to local economies, communities and the environment.
Baroness Lola Young, Dr Frances Corner OBE (Head of the London College of Fashion) and Martin Buttle (Supply Chain Manager at MADE-BY) started the meeting with opening remarks and introductions. Dr Kate Fletcher (Reader at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion) expanded on the Close to Home/Made in the UK theme.
Ruth Potts (New Economics Foundation) then talked about sustaining local economies and economic well-being. A discussion followed with questions and commentary from the audience, who represented a wide cross section of the industry including high street retailers, press, fashion designers and international organisations.
Through the sharing of experiences, personal journeys, discoveries, traditions, technologies and crafts, many of the joys, pains, challenges and opportunities for UK fashion manufacturing where explored. A momentum to keep building. A feeling of positivity and urgency. A debate to be continued. Actions for now and the future we create.
There was also a Local Wisdom project underway, to record and celebrate the clothes we wear and the ways in which we wear them. Participants shared the story of their clothing and had their portraits taken wearing it in the Westminster Great Hall.
The Espace culturel Louis Vuitton is offering a new variation on the theme of travel and choosing to reveal the Somewhere Else of eighteen “expeditionist” artists.
The nature of the expedition to which these artists devote themselves may vary widely. In this movement, in this encounter with new environments and cultures — sometimes distant, sometimes near, but always “other” — the artist finds the opportunity for a singular creation that is primarily characterised by its offset nature.
Lucy + Jorge Orta present a selection of artworks: Drop Parachute, Dome Dwellings and drawings from the series Antarctica, resulting from their incredible journey to the continent, where they installed the ephemeral artwork Antarctic Village – No Borders. The in-situ installation of dwellings took place during the Austral summer 2007 and was aided by the team of scientists stationed at the Marambio Antarctic Base situated on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Antarctic Village and the many artworks resulting from their artistic research draw attention to plight of those struggling
The Centre is looking for female volunteers aged sixty and over. Researchers are interested in hearing from two major groups of women, whose skincare regimes involve either:
• some form of medical intervention (e.g. regular use of prescribed topical Vitamin A products, dermatological beauty treatments ranging from deep peels to skin fillers and botox, any form of facial cosmetic surgery, HRT)
• other forms of skincare, not requiring involvement of medical professionals (e.g. use of various skin products including cosmeceuticals, facial treatments, hair removal, massage)
The project is non-commercial and focused on bringing positive attention to age and to the beauty of age.
All your personal data will be kept in strict confidence. Research will be based in the Cosmetic Science laboratories at Oxford Circus. Your participation in the project would require approximately two days in late March/early April 2011. To thank you, we will arrange a professional make-up and photography session for you at the end of your second day with us. For further information and to register, please contact
Dilys Williams, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour programme today and shares her views on the synthetic fibre polyester. Marking 70 years since British chemists patented “polyethylene terephthalate”, the basis of the fibre, the programme examines how polyester has been used in the past and the ways in which it will be used in years to come. Check out the interview on BBC iPlayer
TippingPoint are hosting two fantatsic London-based events taking place during Climate Week (March 21 – 27). Check out the details below and for more information please visit the TippingPoint website.
The TippingPoint ‘Science Day’ – briefings on climate change for artists
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College, Gower Street, London Monday 21st of March 3.00 pm – 6.00 pmTippingPoint regularly organises a series of presentations from noted figures in the world of climate change, aimed at bringing the artistic community up to speed with recent scientific and other developments. As the years have gone by the subject has become ever broader, as does the range of speakers we invite. It will be an extremely stimulating afternoon, followed by an opportunity for a drink at 6.00 PM. Speakers will include:
Tom Burke: among many roles Tom is currently Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University College in London, and Business Adviser to the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, John Ashton. He has had a long career in environmentalism, including being Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, and founding the ‘change agents for sustainable development’ E3G. Tom will be speaking on the global regulatory and negotiating perspective, including his thoughts on what we might expect from COP17 in Durban at the end of this year. More on Tom <http://www.e3g.org/about/Tom-Burke/> and E3G <http://www.e3g.org/> .
Professor Mark Maslin is Head of of UCL’s Geography Department and Co-Director of UCL’s Environment Institute; he has worked and published extensively on climate change, including the popular book, Global Warming: a very short introduction. Mark will be bringing us up to speed on very recent developments, including the floods in Pakistan and Australia. More here <http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/about-the-department/people/academics/mark-maslin> .
Ro Randall is the inspiration behind Cambridge Carbon Conversations, the virally spreading workshop format for neighbourhood carbon reductions. Crucial to the success of this is the perspective she brings as a psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist, which has given her important insights into how we respond to the often gloomy news from the science world. Ro has written extensively about the impact of the loss implicit in climate change, and the ways we deal with it, and she will be talking about this. More on her blog <http://rorandall.org/> and organisation <http://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/> .
Peachy Coochy Nite at Artsadmin
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 Tuesday 22nd of March at 7.30 pm
Join us for an evening of fast talk, potent images and fantastical musings on and around climate change in the company of a range of Coocheurs drawn from the TippingPoint fold of art makers and scientists.
An image is visible for 20 seconds – no more, no less. The Coocheur must accompany each image with precisely 20 seconds of spoken text, and they have 20 images. The restriction is strangely liberating….
For this special night TippingPoint embraces PowerPoint, a form normally shunned in favour of participatory gatherings that enable scientists and artists to explore the wider cultural preoccupations of climate change.
Today is International Women’s Day so why not think about a project that could help a group of women on the other side of the world? In Brazil to be more exact.
As the economic importance of the the textile industry for Brazil increases so does the need for planning and investment in the future. Currently accounting for 3.5% of the total of Brazilian production (U$47 billion), Brazil is the sixth most important textile producer in the world and the opportunity for women in particular to earn a living and learn more skills through fashion is very much obvious here in Brazil.
Ecotece, a sustainable fashion hub, are based in São Paulo, Brazil and have been thinking about the future a lot. With this in mind they have launched a project called Fashion + Sustainability = ? or F+S=? to encourage people to think about the future of fashion when people and the planet are taken into consideration, persuading us that this thinking is the way forward.
“This project is a special opportunity to connect artists and designers from Brazil and the UK to weave a better community; therefore we are connecting the whole world for a better world. Life is a net where we are all connected” says Ecotece member Ana Cândida Zanesco.
The first part of the project is a t-shirt design competition. Ecotece invites you to submit a design with the theme F+S=? There are no complicated rules other than considering the environmental impact of your design and submitting an original piece.
The winning design will be made on the outskirts of São Paulo by a small group of women who have been recieving training in sustainable design and production, sewing, embroidary and upcycling. The group call themselves Retecee and often host mercardinhos (or little markets) to celebrate the work they are doing and to raise some much needed funds for their project. Groups like Retece offer a clue to what the future of fashion in Brazil may look like.