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In light of Valentines Day, I decided to interview a designer that makes lingerie out of metals. Whaaaat? Yes, Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch makes art out of a variety of materials, either found in hardware stores or on the street. Given that most of her work is either upcycled or recyclable, I had to find out more! So although one might argue her line of lingerie is made out of trash, it isn’t so trashy after all.

LC: So re-purposing metals is the name of your game ehh? Where do you initially get your ideas from? Do you usually have something in mind or does rummaging through bins at hardware stores serve to be your jump-off point for inspiration?

IBG: Both actually.  Many times I am just strolling along in a hardware store looking at all the bits and pieces and I think to myself what else it could be used for or what else it looks like.  Other times, I have a specific purpose in mind.  For example, when I was making my “Trashy Lingerie” Series, I wanted to find something that looked like elastic for the underpants and I found aluminum dryer vents with a rippled edge. For the Garter belt I wanted something that looked similar to the way a garter fastened and I used washing machine hose clamps. Sometimes, I am just walking down the street and a piece of trash inspires a piece.

LC: Most ‘intimate’ wearables are traditionally thought of pieces made from soft and fragile cloth. I’m loving the fact that you use hard and durable materials. Your corsets and lingerie don’t look like they’d make me say ‘ouch!’ at every twist and turn. Is this true? Are these wonderful pieces of art actually wearable and can I do cartwheels in them?

IGB: These are meant to be sculpture.  I am often asked if they are wearable and have been misquoted as saying they are comfortable to wear but they are a conversation piece only. They would hurt to wear.

LC: Are your pieces for purchase and do you do custom orders?

IGB: Yes.  I have sold all of the pieces to Museums and Collectors.  I recently sold 10 pieces to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museums.  I am happy to do custom orders.

LC: What percentage of your work is recyclable? How much non-recyclable trash only waste do your produce in your workshop? Any advice for artists interested in being as environmentally awesome as you?

IGB: I eat a lot so not all of the packaging is recyclable!  But on a serious note, when I look around my studio I am currently working with rocks, business cards, aluminum cans, plastic gift cards, and found objects from recent walks.  Much of what I use as the main material is from something that if not recycled is upcycled in some way.  I love using simple “found” materials as besides being plentiful and beautiful they are really cheap and so you don’t have to feel as precious about making mistakes or “wasting” material.  Any material you use is actually helping.

My best advice for artists is to go for a walk, bring a bag, pick up trash on the way and let your mind wander.  A color, shape, material might inspire something new and you will have cleaned up an area along the way so you will have had a productive day!

LC: I like the sound of that. What’s next?

IGB: I am experimenting with a quilt series made out of unexpected objects and I am also working on a series using recycled business cards. (There are so many of these laying around!)

Thanks Ingrid! I think both Lady Gaga and I look forward to seeing your new creations!

The Greener Blue. They care about two things that I care about, so of course  I think that they are just dandy. Surfing + the environment = yes ma’m!

Kids Konserve. Waste free lunch comes in some seriously stylin’ colors shapes and sizes.

Indosole. Flippy Flops. Slippers. Thongs. Sandals. However you say its, their soles are made from recycled motorcycle tires.

Wearable Collections.
No more walking to clothing donation centers. Easy-breezy & landfill reducing.

Intelligent Travel. National Geographic has a blog dedicated to cultural, authentic, sustainable traveling. Heyooo.

Autodesk. You may use them, you may have heard of them. Bet you haven’t seen this side of them before. They are the bees knees.

Bamboo Sk8. Eco-friendly skateboards made from bamboo. Longboarders, get ready cause they are targeting you next.

TechCentralSF. Bringing together High tech, Biotech, and Cleantech. This is our future.

Zimride. Carpooling. Carsharing. Good for Mama Earth, and you probably get to meet cool people and have unlimited access to their kick-ass ipod playlist.

Pacific Shaving. You’ll smell good. You’ll look good. Be about it.

The day finally arrived, I am officially selling my shirts made from pillowcases at a store in SoMa called The Common. Monday night I invited a few friends to the store & celebrated the shirts debut. Did I take pictures? You betchya. I took my growing inventory of pillowcase photos as a sign to get my online act together and create a separate page for Found & Lolafied so tonight, I did just that. If you go to the ‘events’ tab you can see photos from the night.

I went to GreenFest on Sunday to work Rainforest Action Networks Tiki The Tiger booth in the Kids Zone. Everything about the day was awesome, especially watching little munchkins ‘rrROAR!’ like Tiki during story time. Our booth had tiger masks, stickers, and bookmarks. Needless to say my comrade Hillary and I made a lot of little friends.

It was a great day, I hung out with some of my favorite interviewees! I caught up with Karine Brighten, and scoped out her beautiful eco-friendly event planning booth, and I also bumped into Brandon Neustadter, founder of Tiagu.

Highlights for me:

The IndoSole booth- shoes made with recycled motorcycled tires. Bad. Ass. They look great too.

Drinking some Jamsa’s Food drink called Max’s Nectar. SO good. I felt like I was in Central or South America drinking a freshly made drink. Ahh, I’m craving one right now.

Hearing Numi Co-Founders speak about their labor of love to bring their delicious organic tea to the world.

Not only did I see, hear, and drink the good stuff, I made a lot of new friends. Woop woop. Check out Tiki’s blog, there will be pictures from the day posted soon.

There has been so much controversy when it comes to reusable shopping bags! This post is to set the record straight. I’m going to help you decide which ones to buy and how to care for them. This will ensure not just the health of mother earth, but for you and your family as well.

DO: Wash your bags regularly. Apparently 97% of the people using reusable bags forget to give them a little wish-wash, laying the groundwork for bacteria like E. coli.

DO: Keep the bags in your car for convenience, but throw them in the back seat as opposed to the trunk. We both know how hot your trunk gets, don’t unintentionally add bacteria to your shopping list.

DO: Use reusable shopping bags for multi-purposes.

DON’T: Throw your gym clothes into the same bag that carries your cucumbers. Get a few bags and task them out like they are your minions.

DON’T: Buy non-woven polypropylene bags. They are made with petroleum, the same stuff that makes plastic bags. This means more harm than good. Whoopsie.

DO: Buy rip-stop nylon, canvas, organic cotton, or hemp bags. Long-lasting, and great for the environment.

Below are examples of excellent bags to use, talk about stylin’.

Super cute sandwich bag.

 

Crazy stylish tote.

 

Awesome organic cotton bag.

 

With Montell Jordan-like confidence, Hanes is changing the game and saying, “This is how we do it”.

It’s that time of year and we’re living in this day in age.  Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week looks awesome. Not only is this Canadian gem of a city disgustingly hip and progressive, it is hosting this momentous event that is turning heads of tree-huggers and fashionistas alike.

I know some of us are unable to make it out to the event but I wanted to share some of the details of the week that highlight how serious people are about using their talents to complement, and not contaminate the environment. This fashion week is no joke, and here is a sprinkling of proof:

Check out the designer line up to learn more about these well established brands solidifying their spot in the marketplace.

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