Remade in Britain at the Festival of Thrift 2015

Remade in Britain visits Thrift Fest!

At the end of September, the Remade team spent a wonderful weekend at the UK’s largest upcycling event, The Festival of Thrift in Darlington. The award-winning celebration of thrift was back for it’s third year with even more thrifty fun than ever before! With a huge array of stalls, performances, demonstrations and food carts, it’s no wonder the festival brought in over 45,000 attendees. The thousands of festival-goers were shown how to recycle, reuse and upcycle in thrifty workshops and demonstrations over the weekend and entertained with plenty of vintage inspired song and dance. With hundreds of amazing artists, upcyclers and crafters showing visitors how to live a more sustainable life, it’s fair to say we were in very good company!

The Remade team were lucky enough to host a brilliant space at the event, with 4 stalls to fill with eco treats and plenty of space for upcycled furniture…and it was conveniently located just around the corner from Canteen Alley, bonus! In the run up to the Festival, many of our fantastic Retailers sent us a selection of their handmade, eco-friendly gifts and homewares, so our stalls were jam packed with fabulous products to suit every kind of thrifty shopper! From recycled tin can lanterns by Olibee to furnitureupcycling kits from WeeRed Boutique and tonnes of inventive eco jewellery, our stalls were adorned with upcycled treats to suit every style and budget. We also proudly displayed a range of eco-friendly accessories and homeware by FancyTat, gorgeous repurposed textile handbags creatively upcycled by Vicky Myers and unique homewares from Sprigasuarus, plus much more! We want to say a huge thank you to our Retailers for sending across all your brilliant products, they went down an absolute treat with the thrift fest attendees!

We were joined by a handful of Remade Retailers over the weekend to give us a hand spreading the Remade word; Dawn from Purepallets, Simon and Jayne of DNA Furniture, Stuart from STU-ART Aviation Furniture, Sarah from FARM and Amanda of Amanda Jayne Handmade Designs all brought along their upcycled goodies for the thrifty festival goers to peruse. They shared their upcycling tips and tricks with the eco-conscious visitors and made the weekend a whole load of fun! Thanks to all those of you who came to say hello to the Remade clan, it was lovely to meet so many enthusiastic recycle devotees and share upcycling ideas. For those of you who weren’t able to come along to thrift fest to purchase our Retailer’s eco-friendly gifts and home accessories, fear not! Here’s a quick recap of the Retailers we spent the weekend with, and where you can get your hands on their upcycled wares…

STU-ART Aviation: Upcycled Aircraft Furniture

Avid upcycler Stuart of STU-ART Aviation Furniture brought a fantastic selection of his upcycled aircraft furniture for thrift fest visitors to marvel at.

At his upcycling workshop in the North East, Stuart expertly designs and builds unique upcycled furniture from disused aircraft parts. As a Civilian Aircraft Engineer by trade, Stuart has the knowledge and expertise to reinvent aviation parts into functional pieces of furniture.

Sourcing salvaged aeroplane parts from all over the UK and beyond, Stuart has turned STU-ART Aviation from a weekend hobby fueled by a passion for recycling, into a thriving eco business! Stuart turns catering trollies into wine racks, airline seats into office chairs, aeroplane doors into desks and is even working on turning an aircraft carcass into a sofa…the possibilities are endless! At the event, festival goers enjoyed testing out Stuarts comfortable leather office chairs and hearing the upcycling stories behind each unique item from the eco warrier himself. To get your hands on a one of a kind aircraft item, visit the online store of STU-ART Aviation or get in touch to request a bespoke order.

Farm: Reclaimed Wood Home Accessories & Furniture

Specialising in French vintage bric-a-brac and homewares, Sarah of FARM hunts out preloved pieces and gives them a new lease of life, a pastime she likes to call ‘farming’.

From what started as a practical solution to renovating a new home on a budget, Farm is now a gorgeous collection of upcycled and refound vintage pieces, perfect for creating a sophisticated, shabby chic interior style in your home. Sarah created a delightful display at the Festival of Thrift, featuring reclaimed wooden serving boards, industrial style apothecary jars and cosy recycled wool blankets. Farm’s handcrafted kitchen table and matching benches, made of reclaimed wood with industrial style hairpin legs, were somewhat of a showstopper! To see Farm’s full range of upcycled and reclaimed home accessories, visit Sarah’s online Remade store here.

Purepallets: Rustic Upcycled Pallet Home Accessories

Based in York, Dawn of Purepallets creates handmade, rustic pieces for your home.

Inspired by the industrial home interior style, Dawn salvages and upcycles pallets to create functional and unique homewares, from reclaimed wood wine racks and distressed effect iPad stands to bespoke, personalised pet beds! Motivated by a love of recycling and repurposing, Dawn upcycled her first wine rack for a friend in 2013…the rest is history! Natural style coasters, rustic tealight blocks and upcycled pallet wall plagues are just a few of Dawn’s best sellers, all of which went down a treat with attendees at the Festival of Thrift. Dawn is continuously adding new lines to her fantastic range of upcycled pallet creations, so you’re sure to find a unique home accessory in her online Remade store. Dawn also takes commission orders, so if you love the industrial style of Dawn’s handiwork but can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, be sure to get in touch! Learn more about the birth of Purepallets and have a nosey around Dawn’s upcycling workshop in our guestblog with the upcycling pro!

DNA Furniture: Colourful Shabby Chic Upcycled Furniture

Upcycling duo Simon and Jayne of DNA Furniture create colourful, unique pieces of furniture from second hand finds.

As Simon has years of experience in restoring furniture and Jayne is a home interiors expert, they’re the perfect pair to source and upcycle treasures for your home. Distressed paint finishes are DNA’s speciality, so if you’re a lover of the shabby chic look then you’re in the right place! Based in South Yorkshire, DNA create everything from vintage dressing tables to reupholstered mismatched chairs, and even upcycle salvaged antique doors into wax finished hall coat stands. We think you’ll agree, DNA’s display of upcycled treats at the festival looked superb! Visit DNA’s online Remade store to browse their full range of revamped furniture finds, including this handpainted red floral chair!

Amanda Jayne Handmade: Embroidered Textile Art Keepsakes and Gifts

Yorkshire based mixed media artist Amanda Jayne joined us for a day at The Festival of Thrift, bringing along a wonderful selection of her embroidered keepsakes and vintage treasures.

Inspired by the ‘make do and mend’ ethic of her Grandmother’s generation, Amanda loves to combine vintage buttons, fabric and lace to create unique textile art. When she’s not stitching away in her studio space, Amanda can be found treasure hunting for vintage momentos to incorporate into her work. From old photographs to vintage brooches and jewels, Amanda’s hand stitched keepsakes can be inspired by all sorts of haberdashery items, meaning every nostalgic piece is completely one of kind. Amanda even used her expert eye to find a pair of antique spectacles at the festival – we can’t wait to see how she incorporates these into one of her romantic designs! Embroidery hoops, decorative lampshades and vintage fabric remnants could all be picked up on Amanda’s stall at thrift fest. But don’t worry if you missed it, just check out her online Remade store! To find out more about Amanda Jayne’s creative business, read our guestblog from earlier in the year.

So now you know all about our adventures to the Festival of Thrift, what a brilliant weekend it was! Read more about Remade’s upcycling events on the blog, and stay tuned to the Remade Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with more exciting events coming soon. We hope to see you all over at #RemadeHour on Wednesday for our weekly dose of upcycling inspiration!

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