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Emma Elwin

Notes from a Swedish stylist


Betty Norling, a fashion student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen, has invented a “textile” out of chipboard. She wrote me a couple of weeks ago about alternative textile production since she’d just had a course where they examined different materials. She had chosen to work with particle boards; partly because of it’s non-existence in fashion, but also since it’s cheap to produce and environmentally residual. In short you can say she’ve replaced conventional, toxic glue with natural binders, not concealing the chip but using it to it’s advantage.

I just had to ask her more about it!

 

How did you get the idea for your project?
– I came up with the idea as I experimented with different materials for a school project. The material I choose is not really one that’s considered “normal” in fashion, but I really wanted to challenge myself and learn something new, and that’s how I decided on chipboard.

What’s it like to work with wood as a “textile”?
– I won’t deny it’s hard. I’ve done a lot of tests with different kinds of binders for the sawdust, and the major challenge is to find a natural “latex”. So, if I get the chance to work on this a bit more, there’s every possibility I’ll get a really exciting and environment friendly product.

Where did you find the inspiration to work with wood?
– Choosing a residual material, like sawdust, was a given because there’s already so much of it going to waste. Also, I saw it as a part of the challenge to pick something that doesn’t really fit into fashion historically.

What’s your favorite thing about this new material?
– That people tends to get really interested in the material; some want to touch it, some get disgusted by it and some think it’s really funny.

Who would be your dream person to wear your design?
– Robyn! She has such a strong identity and so much talent. I’ve admired her ever since I was a kid.

Fashion: Betty Norling
Pic: Angela Blumen
Mua: Marie Intile
Model: Julie Alberte (Le Management)


As it is Mother’s Day in Sweden today (May 28), Motherhood is launching an auction of photos taken by the photographer Marcus Ohlsson, to collect money for the organization Every Mother Counts, which helps pregnant women in low-income countries get care during their pregnancies, and help for a safe delivery. Three of the images portrait my belly just a week before Dylan arrived.

All the profit is donated to Every Mother Counts. The woman behind the organisation is model Christy Burlington. She wants to give the world’s women a safe pregnancy and childbirth by raising funds to support international care programs for women in low-income countries.

See all the prints and place a bid here!


Amber might be the perfect color for Dylan right now.

Here’s the thing: I love to dress Dylan in crispy bright naturals such as white, beige and pale blue. But lately, I’ve had a change of heart. Not for esthetic reasons—no, I still love to see Dylan in a sheer white linen shirt—but for practical reasons. Since he turned 9 months, his clothes are facing a tougher reality where these orange stains are starting to appear everywhere. And since I rather not spend the little free time I’ve got in the laundry room, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll just have to start buying all his clothes in the same colors as the stains: orange.

So, in order to see the matter in a different light, and since I’m not too fond of this color, I did some research on what the color “means”. Here are some upsides to orange:

The color orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.
Orange relates to ‘gut reaction’ or our gut instincts, as opposed to the physical reaction of red or the mental reaction of yellow.

The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. In fact orange is so optimistic and uplifting that we should all find ways to use it in our everyday life, even if it is just an orange colored pen that we use.
Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life and is a great color to use during tough economic times, keeping us motivated and helping us to look on the bright side of life.”

In other words, a life where orange is your accent color will give you energy and happiness, and also helps you see life from the bright side. Not too shabby, ey?


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