katcha bilek
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Profession / role:
eco and ethical designer
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My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer, Supplier, Manufacturer
I am looking to discover or buy
Fair trade. Less waste. Environmentally friendly everything. Artists, designers, doers, makers, and anyone who knows anything about running a business.
About me / About business or organisation:
In 2007 I set up my fashion & recycling company re-Collect. Recycling and Design come naturally to me. I love the creative challenge of transforming discarded objects into useful and beautiful products; I have an inherent disapproval of waste which makes me a kind of eco-warrior; I love beauty and originality, which draws me to the fashion-world; and I've always been pretty skint which means I've had to be crafty and stylish rather than a follower of fashion.

My new collection is called re-Collect. I use tractor inner tubes, car seatbelts and bike tyres, all collected from local repair centres and car-breakers. Everything is hand made locally, cut and sewn by hand with no use of electrical machinery or children. The hard-wearing materials are a great alternative to leather and due to the nature of the material each product is unique. A bag can be cut from the same pattern as another but the outcome will always be different.
Career history / Company history:
Art-recycle workshop leader.
Events and bar-decor.
Online-newspaper editor and a freelance graphic designer.
In the past I've had lots of language jobs - teaching, proof-reading, editing, translating.

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At 17:01 on September 17, 2010, Daniel Godfrey said…
Hey!! hope it's going well with your latest work.. I've just had the work piled on too!

I thought about us making some sleeves or gauntlets with cut work and hand stitching, maybe bonding cloth to the underside to protect the skin.. also aprons in the same style, look really cool out clubbing layered over uv sensitive fabrics.. incorporating the funky vintage fastenings too!
Cheerio! d : )
At 9:38 on September 6, 2010, Daniel Godfrey said…
I'm based in birmingham.. I can travel to bristol to do a mini project with you.. I have friends to crash with, I just fancied a change for a couple of days to work with a fellow upcycler and see what happens! My studio is based at home in the Black Country. I live with a mountain of denim under my bed!
At 9:13 on September 6, 2010, Jenny Foster said…
Sure, I'll aim to post another social in Nov.
Good luck with the business and say Hi to Lizzie !
At 8:42 on September 6, 2010, Jenny Foster said…
Great to meet you Katcha. Keep in touch yeah?
Jenny x
At 9:29 on August 19, 2010, Daniel Godfrey said…
Hey Katcha!

loving the upcycled bag you've posted... I'm making a bag today, old levi 501 and car seat belts..

If only it could be done without a machine! I'll post some pics in a bit...

Thanks for the comment, your profile looks very interesting,, maybe we could collaborate in the next month or something? : ) DAFT
At 3:42 on August 19, 2010, Ecologique Fashion // REFIX said…
Hi Katcha!

Thank you for your submission. I hope you were able to see it on our site: www.photoeco.me


At 8:12 on August 11, 2010, Laricea Ioana Roman said…
Dear Katcha,

My name is Laricea Ioana Roman and I am a student at Kingston University, London (KU ID 0942659). I am doing a Master in Marketing, Advertising and Communications and at the moment I am writing my Dissertation. My topic is related to ethical clothing. In order to come up with some answers for my topic, I need some opinions from people who actually bought ethical clothes.

This is the reason why I am kindly asking you to help me and fill in my questionnaire. It will take you no more than 10 minutes and you can win three books and £30 vouchers!

Thank you for your consideration,

Laricea Ioana Roman

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