MORE BIG NEWS! We won the PEA Awards Arts Category!!!

Sometimes you look back over a week and wonder how you will ever top it. They do not come around very often, but they are the glorious weeks where everything falls into place, all the gambles pay off and everyone seems to be giving you equivalent of the Paul Hollywood Bake Off Handshake of a job well done. Last week was one of these weeks. Not only were we officially announced as one of Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes, we appeared on BBC Radio Sussex talking about our plastic reduction campaigns, Plastic Free Pledge and then, on Friday 13th October, we won the PEA Award (People Environment Achievement) for our marine litter re-design work and PFP campaign. We were pretty shocked.

PEA Award founder, Jarvis Smith

The night was fantastic – a Day of The Dead themed party in Cornhill Banking Hall, London, we were truly honoured to be amongst a room of brilliantly inspirational people working in all reaches of the environmental sector.

(L-R) Jake Arney + Claire Potter (claire potter design), Cat Fletcher (Freegle), Dr David Greenfield (SOENECS)

After an opening reception of Juniper Green Gin cocktails, a three course vegetarian meal followed – with the awards, hosted by the fabulous Oliver Heath… It is lucky that we were the first award to be announced, as we were very nervous, despite being convinced that we were not going to win!

We can barely remember getting up on stage to collect the award – a stunning skull decorated with reclaimed and recycled elements, enclosed under a clear dome by jeweller Katie Weiner, and the next hour of the ceremony passed like an absolute flash.

So many wonderful people came up to congratulate us on the award too, which was really humbling. We do what we do because we deeply feel that it is the right thing to do – and to be recognised for this is just incredible.

THANK YOU to all the judges who selected us as the winners, to the fantastic sponsors of the night, our fellow category nominees and all of the people in attendance – it was so brilliant to meet you all and hear your stories too. We hope our paths cross again one day…

(last image by claire potter – all others courtesy of PEA Awards)

***REVIEW*** Brighton Fashion Week 2015 – part 1…

Talk about sustainability, and haute couture fashion is often not the first thing that springs to mind, but with a commitment to all things ethical and sustainable, the Brighton Fashion Week 2015, which was held on 15-17 October certainly put this straight. All this week we will be looking at the activities and shows – starting with our Photo Special of the Showreel Design Competition, sponsored by Bolli Darling.

Located in All Saints Church, Hove, the last of the catwalk shows was actually a design competition, where designers, artists and creatives created one outfit from a ‘Beauty from Waste’ brief for a showcase of fashion, art and performance. It was rather spectacular too… starting with an incredible construction from competition sponsor and costumer extraordinaire, Bolli Darling…

Bolli Darling BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

And so, here are a few of the entries.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasilva – Gunna – chicken skin and recycled cotton combine to explore the notions of beauty and elegance… This dress was as delicate as paper – and was modelled beautifully.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasileva BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotElpida Hadiz-Vasileva 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotElpida Hadiz-Vasileva 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture – Rags to Riches  – a dress created from 58 recycled garments, showing how post-consumer waste could be reimagined… A stunning, flowing dress that felt almost mermaid like, with a huge trailing tail of material. This was one dress where the origins of the material could be seen clearly.

Genieve Couture BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou – Glorious Junk – tribal inspired costume made from waste… This was a performance – with each model adorned in jewel like creations of material, plastic and metal. The opulence was incredible in these stunning pieces.

Anne Sophie Cochevelou BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAfton Ayache – Les couleurs d’Afrique Recycler – inspired by a heartfelt story of selflessness and appreciation for what we have, waste was used to create these African prints… Beautiful prints, with structure and flow.

Afton Ayache BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAfton Ayache 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise – Raggedy – Rebirth- A design which explores confidence and the process of being reincarnated or born again… Another performance piece, with a cloaked ‘crawler’ adding pieces to the long tail of the dress, which itself was highly textured.

Hayley Trezise Raggedy BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise Raggedy 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise Raggedy 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotKumiko Tani – Evening Coffee – couture dresses created from upcycled materials that explores our desire to dress up… A dress that was clearly constructed from waste, but that was well conceived in design.

Kumiko Tani 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot Kumiko Tani BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

Freya Von Bulow – Flow of Nature – a technical gown designed to raise awareness of production and efficient recycling techniques… This dress was very structured and featured interesting pieces, like the clothes pegs in the neck section.

Freya Von Bulow 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

Juliette Simon – American Dream – a journey through the dark side of the American Dream… Very American Beauty, this dress told a clear story of waste and consumerism.

Juliette Simon 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot Juliette Simon BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

We were blown away by the creative theatre of each of the costumes, but after lots of deliberation, the judges awarded Afton Ayache the £1000 prize, courtesy of Veolia.

Afton Ayache 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

A fantastic competition, showing the wealth of talent out there – and we will be staying with Brighton Fashion Week 2015 for the rest of the week, with the Zeitgeist and Sustain shows, plus a look at the debates…

(all images copyright Claire Potter)

ooh – we have won another award!

Morning all! Welcome to the start of a new week – and we are delighted to announce that we have won another award here on The Ecospot, being listed as the ‘best in upcycling’ category by Surveybee in their 2015 Eco-Chic Blogger Awards.

We are over the moon – thank you everyone!

SurveyBee Top 8 Picks: Best Eco-Chic Blogs

Another award for the studio – we are in the GreenMatch Top 100!

We are really happy today to announce that we have been selected to be part of the GreenMatch Top 100 Green Initiatives for 2015! We are in very wonderful company and are placed at number 10 in the top 20 projects section.

Top 100 "Green" Initiatives

GreenMatch chose the 100 because – ‘The number of organisations, businesses and people that are striving for sustainability and more eco-friendly lifestyles is increasing. We have decided to acknowledge some of these and have gathered 100 sites that deserve special recognition for their efforts in the green energy field.These websites contain excellent resources, media, news and initiatives devoted to our environment and its sustainability.’Top 100

 

Thank you very much to GreenMatch – we are delighted to be part of the Top 100 – you can view the whole list here.