Recycling Makes Old Become New at Origin Craft Fair

At Origin: The London Craft Fair the definition of craft cuts across all boundaries. From necklaces made of driftwood to jigsaw puzzles turned into brooches, recycling of old and natural materials is an important aspect of many artists' work at the show.

We loved these handbags and suitcases made by Lisa Tilley. She collects old suitcases, vintage fabrics and paper, bags and boxes from all the usual places--charity shops, flea markets and garage sales--and gives them a whole new life.

She uses decoupage combined with hand embroidery, print and painting to make these suitcase-style bags and jewellery boxes. They are bright and colourful and have that retro feel whilst still being modern and contemporary. Each one is unique because Tilley uses original found objects to make them. Some are created with old magazine covers, 50's girls' magazines, old maps and embroidery. The jewellery boxes have found ornaments as handles.


Yoriko Mitsuhashi makes these delightful brooches from vintage old jigsaw puzzles. They are then mounted on wood and a pin back added. Some are single pieces, others have 2 interlocking jigsaw pieces.

Who can resist these recycled baby clothes. Made out of old wool and cashmere sweaters, with bits of velvet and embroidery added, Smith and Coates pieces are hand-made and one of a kind. She recuts, felts and remakes the little dresses and tops and adds crotchet and trimmings from recycled fabrics.

The tiny cashmere mittens made from recycled jumpers have hand crocheted flowers and trimming. With or without a baby, you will want a pair.

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