Change your Mindset, not just your Materials


When I studied Industrial Design in the late 90’s, there was a lot of talk about environmental design, materials selection, design for disassembly, life cycle analysis (LCA) and cradle to grave thinking. By the time I moved on to study Materials Science in the 00’s […]

By | 2017-05-04T02:04:33+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|

SHORELINE ACTION: Protecting our oceans and how you can help

My social calendar has been filled with inspiring events lately as I have caught up with some of the activists leading the charge towards protecting our oceans. Beyond simply sharing on their particular fields of expertise and the causes they are passionately campaigning for the reason behind the current push has been to raise awareness […]

By | 2017-05-04T02:04:35+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|


I LOVE the colours and colour variations of natural dyes.
I LOVE that people are experimenting with plants in a way others before them have for hundreds of years.
I LOVE that consumers want to make a difference and buy something that’s better for themselves, their kids and the earth.

There are, however, some draw backs to natural […]

By | 2017-05-04T02:04:35+00:00 March 25th, 2016|


IN 2010 a Forbes Magazine article by Elaine Wong noted that 250,000 new products are launched globally each year, with a typical failure rate of 85-95 %.

This was also the year Apple first launched their hugely successful iPad tablet computer.

What did you buy that year? Do you still have it and love it? How much […]

By | 2017-05-04T02:04:35+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|


Some of you may know that my brother has recently taken up gemstone facetting (see here for some pics), and I have promised to learn the art of stone setting in order to create beautiful works together…   of course his pile of perfectly cut treasures has been growing, and growing, and growing, and yet none have […]

By | 2017-05-04T02:04:35+00:00 November 7th, 2015|