January 30, 2012


I’ve been totally glad to join the EVERYTHING MUST GO project, 
a 3-day exhibition with workshops and 
talks that tells 
the hidden story of our unwanted clothes

...and here I am, 
trying to connect different realities that I've met either there 
(I have to say, there was such amazing energy, unREAL!) 
and in my past, as a fashion designer for mainstream companies            and art director of Capitocome
which is based in ethic-hand-local-well-made fashion. 

'Cause it might be true that we're in the 
= made in China, cheap garments, crazy fast change of trends, mass market 
but it's so REAL that there are alternatives. 
And they can be cool, full of quality and even sustainable

So what I'm really focused at the moment, 
is the clothing process of being valued, 
then valued again. 

Below some realities that you should check out 
before complaining with me 
to made in China, cheap garments, crazy fast change of trends, mass market. 

Kate Goldsworthy 
She's a textile designer and researcher, 
working in the area of new finishing technologies, 
materials R & D and design for recycling. 
Her passion lies with tools for sustainability 
in the textile world, 
particularly the recycling and reuse of polyesters. 

TEXTILE FUTURES Central Saint Martins College
MA Textile Futures
Their curriculum is based around an evolving set of research questions based on five key themes: 
Smart, Invisible, Sustainable, Ethical and Poetic. 

Remade in Leeds 
Their aim is to create high-quality, 
locally produced fashion clothing from unwanted materials in the local area, 
encourage the creative re-use of clothing, 
(they offer sewing workshops, helping you to develop new skills in upcyling, garment repair and alterations, 
and through events like "Clothes Exchange", they aim to make you aware of how your clothing is produced and how to do your bit to reduce clothing waste). 

It's a collaborative and experimental shop/studio that is used to make, showcase and sell sustainable fashion and accessories.
Their work focuses on different elements of sustainability including high quality handmade craftsmanship, durability, locality, recycling, 
natural dye, organic materials, individuality, fair trade and transparency of production. 

So critical so fashion 
It's the first event of this kind in Italy, 
hosted by the Italian capital of fashion, Milan, 
during the city Fashion Week.  
Organised by Terre di mezzo Eventi
it is a fair that gathers small enterprises, 
environmentally safe and with high standards of quality, and young and independent brands. 
A showcase of those socially responsible fashion projects that bring sustainability in the long-lasting tradition of fashion, 
together with esthetics, quality, innovation and trends. 

Eco-Mood Workshop @ Circolo degli Artisti 
my friends, the Hysterics, organize this one day event with recycle-upcycle workshop, swap party, and "unusual entertainment". 
Located in the coolest area in Rome, Pigneto, 
at Circolo degli Artisti. 

Orkidea Atelier 
Cristina Sperotto teaches ECO-FRIENDLY, often RECYCLE, handmade crafts and design: TUTORIALS, patterns, 
ideas for kids and grown-up. 
She likes REUSEing different materials and objects 
"changing their primary function", with the aim of starting the 
"creative and open ways" in our minds. 

The Museum of recycling 
It comes from the will of the consortium Ecolight 
-collective system that deals with the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and the management of 
batteries and accumulators. 
Ecolight unites within its associates more than 1,100 companies. 
The Museum of recycling is born with this goal: being a contribution in support of the environment, 
as well as being a significant sign of awareness of environmental issues. 

BARATTO = swap, just like in the past, they organize swap, and you can even join their philosophy opening your own 
SWAP SHOP at this link  

Atelier del riciclo 
It's focused in CREATIVE REUSE of waste elements, that have lost their function but, because of particular shape/material, 
can become something else, with high value of use. They do also consulting, swap parties, advertising for eco-friendly designers. 

It's the unwanted objects social network, a sort of e-bay, but rather than buying, you just SWAP stuff. 

it's a online shop that provides you your own shop-window and offers to SWAP, BUY and SELL unwanted stuff. 

REsign door to door designer 
Who’s a door to door designer? Where does garbage came from? Who leave it away? 
Every object has an owner who loved it for a minute or for his all life. Every object lived in a house, in a world full of history, 
in which it playied a particular role, both as main part or just a walk-on. Resign presents “designer a domicilio”. 
The door to door designer acts just in time, 
before the desertedness of the objects, 
before that the usury of boredom and of the habit let their beauty been forgotten. 
By acting into the original places of the refusal 
(houses, stores, offices, factories, etc). 
“Door to door designer” changes the course of their history, 
by transforming it in a new and unique object of Resign.
The door to door designer re-uses objects through a strong relationship with the client, (ad personam), 
analysing necessities of his property. 
(BY THE WAY, THE ADD -below- IS JUST A M A Z I N G !!!) 

Over the last ten years TED has been developing a set of practice-based sustainable design strategies 
that assist designers in creating textiles that have a reduced impact on the environment. 

The Textile Futures Research Centre 
comprises researchers across Chelsea College of Art and Design, 
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London College of Fashion, at the University of the Arts London. 
Their areas of expertise cover 
Biomimetics, Nanotechnology, Smart materials, Electroluminescence, 
Conductive materials, Laser technology, Photonics, Motion response, 2D to 4D digital media, Visioneering, 
Communication wear, Customised clothing, Ethical fashion, Sustainable design, Upcycling.

And finally, 

take a look to anthropologist Lucy Norris' project, 
and her book The hidden afterlife of used clothing in India
that you can buy HERE
The photo below is by Tim Mitchell
it belongs to a great work that has been 
part of Everything Must Go. 

Special thanks to all the Everything Must Go team
it's been a pleasure working for you. 
Let's not stop talking about it. 

Thanks to journalist Manuela Soressi
to be so accurated in her SWAP research. I hope she'll like my new links. 

...d'you know what I mean? 

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January 17, 2012

joining EVERYTHING MUST GO: recycle ethic AND cool

...just letting you know that I'll be part of 

is a 3-day 
exhibition with workshops and 
talks that tells the hidden story 
of our unwanted clothes. 
The exhibition will be open 
to the public on 
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 January 
from 11am – 6pm 
Oxo Tower Wharf 
Bargehouse Street 
South Bank 
London SE1 9PH 

Waste of the World
This exhibition marks the culmination of the five-year
Waste of The World research project, funded by the
ESRC under their Large Grant Scheme. This investigated
global flows of waste, including local waste
management, food waste, the second-hand clothing
trade, steel and nuclear industries and ship-breaking.
Led by Professor Nicky Gregson, the project was a
collaboration between anthropologists and geographers
at the University of Sheffield, Durham University,
UCL and Goldsmiths

Talking Rubbish
On Saturday 21st January a series of talks will
discuss key themes in the exhibition in their wider

Impacts overseas (am)
Sarah Farquhar (Oxfam) will talk about their
innovative project, Frip Ethique, in Senegal. Julie
Botticello (UCL) conveys her experiences of working in
a London sorting factory, and Andrew Brooks
(Geography, King's College London) will discuss his
research into reuse markets in Mozambique. Lucy Norris
(UCL) goes into details of her work in India followed
by a Q&A session with filmmaker Megna Gupta and an
open discussion. 

New business models (pm)
Cyndi Rhoades (CEO, Worn Again) will talk about closed
loop corporate recycling and her vision for developing
new business models with retailers. Lizzie Harrison
(Remade in Leeds) will discuss her entrepreneurial
business that recycles textiles within a postcode
and teaches sewing skills to local residents.
Jade Whitson-Smith researches the potential for design
methodologies to extend consumer engagement with
clothing, while Kate Goldsworthy discusses design
for recycling.
Further details will be posted on

Clare Patey
Clare Patey is an artist and curator. Her work creates
social spaces in the public realm that bring people
together in conversation. Commissions include; the
London International Festival of Theatre, The
Countryside Commission, Friends of the Earth, Channel
4 (winner of RTS award for Human Footprint), the New
Economics Foundation, the South Bank Centre, The
National Theatre, Home Live Art, and the Art Museum,
Phoenix. She was the director of The Museum Of in the
Bargehouse and is the annual curator of Feast on the
Bridge for the Thames Festival. 

Lucy Norris 
Lucy is an anthropologist (UCL) who has been
researching textile recycling in India over a number
of years. She is the author of Recycling Indian
Clothing: Global contexts of reuse and value (2010),
and a website detailing her collaborative research is
currently under development.

Brighten the Corners 
Information graphics by London/Stuttgart based
design studio Brighten the Corners
(Billy Kiosoglou and Frank Philippin).

Tim Mitchell 
Photographer Tim Mitchell travelled to India with
Dr Lucy Norris, documenting textile recycling in
Panipat and secondhand markets in Delhi. As well as
still images Tim has created time-lapse of a ship
being dis-assembled for recycling over 15 months.
This is also featured in the exhibition.

Lizzie Harrison 
Lizzie runs Remade in Leeds, a sustainable fashion
boutique offering workshops, events and clothing
collections. She organises workshops, events and sales
increasing awareness of how clothing is made and how
it can be remade.

Kate Goldsworthy 
Kate Goldsworthy is Course Director of MA Textile
Futures and Senior Research fellow at Central Saint
Martin’s College of Art & Design. Kate’s doctoral
research explores technological tools for
sustainability in the textile industry, and
design for recycling.

Meghna Gupta 
Meghna is a filmmaker and director of Unravel, a film
exploring the perspectives of Indian women recycling
imported old clothes. ‘Despite limited exposure to
western culture, [the women] construct a picture of
how the West is, using both their imagination and the
rumours that travel with the cast-offs.’

Holy Mountain 
A production company founded by Boz Temple-Morris,
formerly co-artistic director of theatre company
primitive science. The company works makes drama and
live events in collaboration with a variety of artists
and practitioners.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf 
Bargehouse is owned and managed by Coin Street
Community Builders 

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) 
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the
UK's largest organisation for funding research on
economic and social issues. It supports independent,
high quality research which has an impact on business,
the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC’s
total budget for 2011/12 is £203 million. At any one
time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and
postgraduate students in academic institutions and
independent research institutes. More at

I'll see you there! 

...d'you know what I mean? 

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January 10, 2012

French CIAO BELLA by Le Rose

Does BELLA speak French??? 
bien sûr... 

ciao bella
les autres ont s'en fou
ciao bella
les autres s'est pas nous
ciao bella
tu manques à ma vie
ciao bella
jamais je n'oubli ta voix 

...d'you know what I mean?

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January 1, 2012

my #2012 resolution? no fake.

my #2012 resolution? 
no fake. 
No fake relashionships, 
no fake food, 
no MadeinChina clothing. 
/this pic has been taken during my olives picking, Tuscany, November/ 

...d'you know what I mean?

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