Eco living & sustainability

Festival of Natural Fibres & Saori weaving at Craft Central

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
Even though I live in London, I don't often venture away from my neighbourhood or the centre, and I had no idea where the Isle of Dogs is until I looked it up on google. I have not been to the Craft Central's new venue since they moved across town more [...]

This post was posted in London, Fashion, Eco living & sustainability, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, weaving, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with London, textiles, weaving, natural dyeing, sustainability, Japanese textiles, Indian textiles, craft central, craft, SAORI weaving, Craft festival


LDF19: Biodesign Here Now at Open Cell

Posted on October 2, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After my recent visit to the biotech hub Open Cell at the Shepherds Bush Market, I was keen to learn more about biodesign and its future. Luckily, I didn't have to wait long because at the London Design Festival this year, Open Cell organised an event called Biodesign Here Now at its [...]

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A visit to the Biotech hub, Open Cell

Posted on September 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

Shepherds Bush market
 
In the last few years, we are hearing more of the terms 'biodesign' and 'biotech', but is it a fad or a breakthrough that will change our world? Recently, I joined a design-oriented walk called 'Human: Biophilia in community and design' organised by the Design Museum and curated by Something [...]

This post was posted in London, British designs, Fashion, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Designers & artists, Design, Textiles, sustainability, Biodesign and was tagged with London, eco designs, British design, sustainability, biodesign, Open cell


Sustainable fashion and textiles - it's not too late to change.

Posted on August 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Fashioned from Nature exhibition at The V & A museum
 
It is time to face the truth: the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. This is not fake news, it is a fact.
Confession 1: I am guilty of polluting the environment, and I have been doing [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Shopping, Shopping guide, Fashion, Films & documentaries, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Design, Pollution & environment, sustainability and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, fashion, eco designs, eco living, Shopping guide, pollution, sustainability


Kevin Cheung's design studio visit at Blue House, Hong Kong

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have been writing a lot about Hong Kong's heritage lately, and coincidentally when I contacted Kevin Cheung, a local upcycling designer, he invited me to meet him at his home studio, which is also located inside a heritage building: the Grade I listed Blue House in Wan Chai.
The Blue House Cluster [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, sustainability, upcycled design and was tagged with eco living, Hong Kong design, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Kevin Cheung, Blue House, tong lau, upcycled design, eco


Hong Kong heritage: old Tai Po Police station/ Green Hub

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Even though Hong Kong is a small city, there are many hidden gems that are off the beaten track, and Green Hub is one of them. I only discovered this place via google map while I was in Tai Po after a visit to the Tsz Shan Monastery. Originally I was simply [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Food & dining, Architecture, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Architectural conservation and was tagged with Hong Kong, Food & dining, architecture, nature, eco living, Colonial architecture, heritage, Architectural conservation, sustainability, Green Hub, Tai Po


Art, nature & permaculture in Fujino

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Most foreigners who visit Japan tend to stick to big cities or well-known onsen/resorts, and they rarely travel to the rural parts of Japan. On this trip, I completely fell in love with Japan's rural countryside. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was a highlight, but I also loved Fujino, a rural town (with [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Food & dining, Shopping, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Design, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Japan, basketry and was tagged with hiking, Japanese designs, Food & dining, shopping, nature, eco living, Japanese art, Japan, pottery, Japanese craft, sustainability, Fujino, basketry, permaculture, transition town


King's Cross Pond Club & the New Horizon pavilions

Posted on July 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

The pond club is the new art installation at King's Cross ongoing redevelopment
 
Last month, I attended a tour of the Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club organised by property developmer Argent ( responsible for the regeneration of King's Cross) as part of the London festival of architecture. If you are [...]

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Spring hike in Hong Kong

Posted on April 4, 2015 by Toothpicker

Silver Mine Bay, Mui Wo
 
So far this year, I have only hiked twice, yet both took place in the rain and mist... first in Surrey and then in Hong Kong!
Spring is probably not the best time to visit Hong Kong as the weather is humid, damp, foggy and unpredictable. After the fog [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Nature, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking and was tagged with Hong Kong, hiking, nature, eco living


Silent walking weekend

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
As a keen hiker/walker, I have joined various walking groups and did many day hikes/walks out of London in recent years. Walking aside, these groups are sociable and provide opportunities to meet and mingle with other walkers who live in London.
Lately, however, I find some group leaders overly keen to get [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living & sustainability, Hiking & walking, England and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, photography, eco living, retreats


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