Bluecaravan is a venue for buyers and sellers of all things independently designed and ethically made.
It’s about lovely, interesting and edgy products - beautifully finished, made with heart, and bought directly from the designer/maker.
Adapted from a traditional basket-coiling technique, this bowl is made using rejected posters and magazines from a printing company. Artisans form the paper into flat strips, dip them in a non-toxic glue mixture and hang them to dry. After this they re-wet the strips and coil them into a bowl form. The strips are held together with the glue, forming a sturdy bowl. Each bowl is completely unique, depending on the materials available.
These little cuties are made from Kunin eco-fi felt, a high quality fiber made from 100% certified recycled plastic bottles. Soft soled.
Read Recycled Fashion's first e-interview with Blue Caravan's Byron-Bay based founder Jen Djula:
Q: What is your website all about?
A: Bluecaravan is an online [ethical] Design Market. We support independent designers, artists and artisans, we love sweat-free and fairtrade certification - and we love the world of handmade!
Q: Where does the name Blue Caravan come from?
A: Caravan' is inspired by imagery of the Old Silk Road. A caravan of merchants traveling along the ancient trade route laden with their treasures. It takes the whole concept of 'direct trade' back to basics. 'Blue' is the colour of inspiration...
Q: What inspired you to start your website?
A: I think it's one of the greatest mysteries that we have been able to collectively block out the reality of what happens in sweat-shops across the world. Of course anyone who gives it a moments thought does care where their products come from - but sweat-shop and child labour has slowly crept up on us, to the point that it's barely questioned or opposed en masse. I want to make a contribution to the wider creation of an alternative ethical choice. I am fascinated by the greater workings of the world, and am interested in how design informs the way we live.
Q:What are the favourite product sold on your site?
A: love them all!
Q:What do you see as the future of Blue Caravan?
A:Bluecaravan is growing quickly, which of course is most exciting! The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and I hope for Bluecaravan to become a reference point for good ethical design. There are in fact many thousands of ethical designers out there, and by bringing them together I hope to inspire interesting people to choose an alternative way to shop.
Blue Caravan lists products in Australian Dollars, but international shipping is available. For more beautiful ethical handmade and upcycled goodies, check out Blue Caravan's website right now!