Articles tagged with: designer noise

Fishy Business

on Monday, 27 March 2017.

fishy businessI was one of those kids who always stood up for what was 'unfair' or for the underdog who was picked on by teachers or neighbourhood bullies, much to my own detriment. I have the scars to prove it.

I wasn't a rebel-with-out-a-cause. Fairness and honesty always played a huge part in my soap box standing. There was a period of time I was sent to detention for supporting the class clown, she actually had really intelligent responses but the teacher always thought she was being lippy. While scowling in after school detention I was told to write an essay why I did what I did (the teachers interpretation was me stepping out of line and my interpretation was standing up for another). You can imagine my transparent, honest answer didn't go down too well, & yep, you guessed it, I was issued another period of school hell with the teacher who had nothing better to do with his afternoons. SO UNFAIR my brain screamed. The school system really stinks at times ha! As do many businesses.

Little did I realise my intense fair passion would lead me into creating a punchy fair trade, social impact business where transparency was key to every action I undertook. I get things wrong at times (social media, networking, sales etc) BUT hand on heart I never stuff up on protecting my most important business values that I wish to see revived, supported and barracked for and for ethical fashion issues that support one of the largest textiles in home decor ~ bed linen (carpets, curtains, tablecloths to name the contenders) to become the every day norm, & not just with the primary focus on apparel. My business design speciality is artisan and womens groups, handmade organic cotton and fairtrade duvet covers in developing India. Supporting those areas that value a hand up not a hand out.

There's lots of jumping up & down on my soapboax about these social & political hot potato themes. I scratch my head in frustration most days wondering when the penny will drop with buyers that creating kinder home fashion is imperative to our planet & for those who toil over making our products.

I saw a niche that needed filling for 20+ years, so I set out to create the things I wished existed ~ fair bed fashion. By floating my business boat with integrity and transparency, I assumed eliminating unnesessary and harmful business methods, such as chemicals and slave labour, would be the path of least resistence. Not so, while I admit it's tough making a stand for ethical home fashion, I believe in fairness for people and the environment and wouldn't have it any other way. One of William Faulkner's quotes comes to mind as to how my business evolved and operates:

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world... would do this, it would change the earth." 

The Contribution Women's Groups Make to the Ethical Textile Industry

on Monday, 06 March 2017.

International Women's Day is a day for the celebration of women around the globe and the contributions they make to family, community and the broader economy.

Women play significant roles in Organic Bed Threads business model, founded and designed by a woman, and with deliberate aims of seeking out and encouraging women in rural developing India to harness their age old, passed on hand crafts. We pay homage every day to the female Indian farmers, artisans and women's groups who lovingly hand make our ethical bed linen so beautifully for conscious slumber. Not a day goes by when we are not awed by the beauty of the true essence that is handmade and time well spent, with their adorned stitches upon our fair trade & organic duvet covers.

New Year, New Bedroom Chi

on Tuesday, 24 January 2017.

bedroom chai blog organicbedthreadsEnergy, that invisible element, like wind and time. We know it's there, we can feel it and its repercussions, we are surrounded by many types - electronic, atmospheric, flammable and personal to name a few. Good, bad, or indifferent, the energy in our homes need to be cared for, or you will be affected. So, there is a lot to be said about getting the energy right in ones living spaces, especially the bedroom as we spend approximately one third of our lives in slumber.

In the bedroom, where you harness the life-renewing force of sleep, chi (energy) becomes perhaps more important than anywhere else. Bedroom energy can influence family relationships, and it is one of the most important rooms for marriage and relationship, our greatest creative loving action. Building biology, space clearing and the 5000-year-old practice of Feng Shui - combining elements of geology, psychics, mathematics, philosophy, astrology, astronomy and intuition - are actions that create beautiful and nourishing environments that enhance positive chi.

Most of us can feel when a space is at odds with our comfort level, and instinctively make changes to that area. You don't need to get bogged down with some of the intricate and esoteric applications that these principles can go into interesting depth about, though applying some of the more practical guides may help the quality of your rest and sleep, enhance harmony in relationships, romance and love, promote a healthy career and prosperity.

Media Spotlight - The Importance of Ethical & Sustainable Bed Fashion

on Sunday, 30 October 2016.

Organic Bed Threads Interviewed by Trusted Clothes

IMG 20161030 070204Tell us about yourself - family/personal story, education, and prior work.
Originally hailing from England, Australia has been my home for the past 36 years. A creative and adventurer at heart, I have always been drawn to textiles and ethnic designs from cultures stepped in rich history. I have been incredibly fortunate to have an eclectic study and working life in Sydney, Auckland, Florence, London, Istanbul and India.

My initial trades are as a textile designer in the soft furnishing industry, producing for leading textile houses; and as a public relations consultant, working on various large national campaigns within the environmental and art sectors. I have been frequently career restless, I can't always put my finger on the reasons why. Yet one purposeful knowing deep within my core was I needed to make my own conscious mark on the world, and so in the last few years I have combined my skills and experiences and have entered into a significant R&D phase to establish my own ethical textile label.

What is the importance of ethical fashion to you?
It means not sacrificing people and planet for the sake of making another product, rather taking a very considered approach in all the creation processes, such as building ethical practices into every part of my business. Encouraging healthy and fair work practices to ensure my product is safe to handle for the cotton farmer through to the studio artisans. I have no desire to pollute the environment nor endanger workers lives with chemicals nor treat them unjustly for the sake of profit or quick turnaround. I trade fairly with all those involved in my production supply chain in my chosen production country of India. While I apply social and ethical standards to my product with organic and fair trade accreditations (Global Organic Textile Standard and International Labour Organisation respectively), I am often encouraged by outsiders to make life simpler to cut on cost, even by the 'ethical' manufacturers. The importance of ethical fashion is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching, not only does this view resonate with my own personal values but I have to live with my thoughts and actions each day, which I hope to encourage within my target market.

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