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Massive, plastic fail... right here

OneAware MagazineAna CarneiroComment

Just... watch the video and you'll see what I mean...

If you made it till the end of the video (first of all, thank you!), you've read that I'm not happy at all about this plastic packaging fail. I'm so incredibly disappointed at myself for not even thinking that the company I'm working with would do this. Very silly mistake with a very annoying consequence... Anyway, moving forward I shall always make sure that nothing gets sent to us in plastic again.

One Aware mag update - what's changing

OneAware MagazineAna CarneiroComment

Hi all!

I was going to write a long post about what changes we've made from issue 001 to issue 002, but I tend to overthink things when I'm writing, so I've quickly made this video instead! I hope it addresses all your questions and what you can expect from One Aware 002 Origins. And apologies in advance as it is just me talking to the camera, but if you guys enjoy this update on video I'll start using this medium more often and put more effort with an interesting edit.

Do comment with your thoughts, I'm always looking for your feedback

Ana xx

PS: as of now the issues available for pre-order have sold out!!! Thank you so much to everyone who has bought theirs, more copies will be available tomorrow (11th of April) on the shop >>>

New Leather Goods

War on WasteAna CarneiroComment
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Now that I've got your attention ;)

I recently posted about being given some leather to experiment with, to test the feasibility of using scraps of leather from the automotive industry to make new products with. You can read all about that here. Now I'm answering that question: yes, it is feasible. In fact, it worked perfectly for homewares.

Once I got over my initial repulsion to the leather (because I've mostly given up leather unless I previously owned it, it is not aligned with my values), I quickly got into the rhythm of quite enjoying working with it. Initially I was attempting to make a rug... and while I still love the idea of it, my crafts skills just didn't live up to the challenge. So I turned directions, and created the three products in this post instead.

They are all made from scrap leather off-cuts, and to best make use of the material properties of leather I decided to make the kind of products that I hope you guys will love and want to keep for a really long time.

First up are drinks coasters, by far the easiest and therefore most affordable items that we're launching. They'll be up on the shop as soon as there are a few more sets finished, and I'm looking to potentially collaborate with a lettering artist who can customize them. (If you know of anyone London based who might be interested, let me know!)

Second on the list, beautiful and dainty leather bags for the home. These are made from long yet relatively narrow off-cuts sewn together. What I really enjoy about these bags is just how adaptable they are: you can turn them inside out, fold a cuff to show both sides of the leather, use them for just about anything from keeping frequently used items to displaying your favourite plants in. Amazing feedback has already been coming in on these, which will be made on request for the time being.

The third and more expensive item on the list is the leather cushion. It has leather on one side and swede on the other, it is incredibly hard wearing and much comfier than I expected. It beautifully displays the material. It really does have the feel of a luxurious product. I've only made one so far - and that is because my cute little home-sewing-machine is just not strong enough for me to be sewing through 3 layers of leather... So, again, if you know a skilled leather worker who might be interested in partnering up for this product, let me know!

So, what do you think? Would you buy them? Do you know of potential retailers?

This is my first time creating and launching homewares with Be For Change, so any advice and feedback will be most appreciated!

PS: backdrop and beautiful cocktails kindly provided by Qbic Hotel

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New bags in a snowy London

Bag For ChangeAna CarneiroComment
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This morning, Londoners woke up to find the city covered in a fresh sprinkling of snow! Every now and then it snows in London, but I've only seen it with this much snow 5 years ago and therefore proceeded to turn into a small child. I left the house even before breakfast to have a walk around the empty streets, and as it became apparent that it wasn't melting away anytime soon I whatsapped one of my flatmates to please, please, please model the new bag models for me... outside... Thankfully she was up for it and I proceeded to start the day in one of my favourite ways: camera in hand!

The rest of the day has mainly been spent on my laptop editing text and photos, but it made me realize how much I missed starting the day doing something creative! Not emails, or text editing, or sorting through the mess of papers I left all over the desk the day before... But something that actually gets me excited and which I find meaningful. Sometimes it can be tricky to balance the 'business' and 'creative' aspects of what I do at BFC, but today will definitely be on my mind as a good example of what to do.

What gets you excited to kick start the day in the morning?

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