Check out the otherworldly transformation of a salt-covered dress left at the bottom of the Dead Sea

September 1, 2016 by  
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The Salt Bride dress is reminiscent of the ” traditional Hasidic garment ” worn by a character in the Yiddish play The Dybbuk . The play, penned by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, chronicles a bride possessed by evil who is exorcised. Landau’s art explores themes of death and change by focusing in on how the Dead Sea altered the dress’s appearance. Salt Bride is comprised of eight images shot during the dress’s transformation. Related: Petey Ulatan’s cubic landscapes reimagine the world full of sharp angles According to a statement from the Marlborough Contemporary, “Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.” It’s not the first time Landau has worked with the Dead Sea as an essential part of her artwork. She has immersed other items in the sea and even created a floating art installation with watermelons in the sea. Landau said in a statement, “Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place. Still the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas, and understandings. It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined.” Salt Bride will be on display at the Marlborough Contemporary through September 3. + Sigalit Landau + Marlborough Contemporary Images courtesy of Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary, Matanya Tausig/Marlborough Contemporary, and Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

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99-Year Old Lillian Weber is Making a New Dress Every Day for Needy Kids in Africa

August 30, 2014 by  
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In 2011, Lillian Weber started sewing dresses for the charity Little Dresses for Africa and she has been sewing one every single day since then. It’s all part of the 99-year old’s mission to make 1,000 dresses for African children in need. At last count she had reached 840 dresses and she shows no signs of stopping. Read More >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: African clothing charity , clothing charity , clothing for needy kids , dresses for African kids , dresses for kids , dresses for needy kids , Lillian Weber , Lillian Weber dresses , Lillian Weber sewing dresses , Little Dresses for Africa , sewing 1000 dresses

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Inflatable Dress Keeps People Out of Your Comfort Zone

May 24, 2014 by  
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Even been standing in line or riding the bus, when you were suddenly shocked to find a stranger standing right in the middle of your personal space? You know the type. An accidental elbow bump or shoulder brush is one thing when you’re in a big crowd, but these people just don’t seem to realize the concept of a personal comfort bubble. Well, this happened one too many times to designer  Kathleen McDermott . To solve this awkward problem, Mc Dermott crafted the  Personal Space Dress . When the garment detects a person standing in your zone, it expands outward to give you some breathing room. Follow the link below to learn more about why McDermott create the dress, and how you can make one of your own. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY expandable dress , ecouterre , expandable dress , inflatable dress , invasion of space , Kathleen McDermott , personal space , Personal Space Dress , urban armor dress

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Lady Gaga’s Coffee Filter Dress Reveals Confusion Over ‘Upcycling’

March 16, 2014 by  
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By now, we’re no longer surprised when Lady Gaga makes an appearance in an outlandish outfit. Dresses made of meat, or suits that are more helicopter than clothing–we expect these things from the pop artist now. But Lady Gaga’s most recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live proves that she might not be as avant garde as we thought. During the broadcast the singer explained her snow white coffee filter dress as an example of “upcycling” but as our friends at Ecouterre point out, that’s not exactly right. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coffee filter dress , ecouterre , Jimmy Kimmel , Lady Gaga , Lady Gaga coffee filter dress , Lady Gaga dress , recycling , repurposed dress , upcycled dress , upcycling        

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These Wood Wall Buttons by Arbutus+Denman Will Dress Up any Room

October 10, 2013 by  
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Wall Buttons by Arbutus+Denman  are simple sculptural pieces of decor designed to add warmth to drab interiors. Each piece is handmade from FSC certified birch harvested in Canada and boasts a beautiful finish that shows off the wood’s unique grain. Arbutus+Denman ‘s Wall Buttons can be purchased in a variety of sizes and hung just about anywhere. Check out our gallery to see even more interiors all buttoned up! + Arbutus+Denman  The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arbutus+Denman , green decor , green design , green home decor , Wall Buttons , wood decor        

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Create Your Own Eco-Friendly “Peace Silk” Dress with Supezas

April 13, 2013 by  
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Looking for an eco-friendly dress that supports a good cause, and won’t break the bank? We recently discovered  Supezas , an inspiring eco-fashion company that works with rural tribal women to make  customized silk dresses  out of “ peace-silk .” For the uninitiated, peace-silk (also sometimes called “ Ahimsa silk ” or “Tasar silk”) is a cruelty-free silk fabric that’s made without killing silkworms. Supezas’ dresses also bring fair wages and sustainable development to impoverished communities and are helping to revive the dying art of hand-weaving. Supezas has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to introduce their latest collection of personalized silk dresses; read more about them and support their cause! READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ahimsa silk , cruelty-free dresses , cruelty-free fashion , cruelty-free silk , eco-fashion , eco-friendly dresses , ecouterre , green dresses , green fashion , peace silk , supezas , supezas dresses , tasar silk        

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10 Innovative eco friendly products

October 4, 2011 by  
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Mahashweta Patra: ecofriendly products Innovative ecofriendly products Eco friendly trend is now very popular across the world. This environmentally friendly concept is mainly used by industries as an eco-label on their products, ensures their undisruptive effects towards the environment. As a result of various natural calamities such as excessive heating effect of earth’s surface, global warming, polluted environment and many more. It has now become the prime need to pay more attention to this serious issue at global level. Most of the nations are extremely focused on maximum possible usage of eco-friendly products by people. As a result, the earth’s atmosphere gets benefited through so many ways. Such as minimal air pollution and global warming, conservation of non-renewable source of energy and many more. Eco friendly products are actually considered as precious gifts to our nature. Various ways contribute all companies to project the nature friendly practices. Recycling process is one of the major practices exercised by so many industries in very large scale. Many used papers are recycled to be reused in different other forms of packaging or something. As the biodegradable materials are easily decomposable in nature and less detrimental to earth’s surface, severely emphasized to be used in major scenario. Nowadays, varieties of products used in our day-to-day lives, easily available with eco-label on them. Hence, aim of less harm to environment easily gets fulfilled to very much extent. Many sectors like automobile, textile industries, food industries, technology field, fashion and art industries are equally working towards the common aim of eco-friendly concept. There are so many popular products, so innovatively designed, especially to fulfill the dual purpose of styling and noble deed towards nature. If you are also one of the eco-lover people then you must be interested to know about various kinds of eco-friendly products. Following is the list of ten innovative eco-friendly products – 1 . Eco friendly burial Price: $ 40000 Burial promoting ecologically-friendly burials Now, even a burial process can be done with an eco-friendly manner. One of the special caskets are designed, are biodegradable in nature. Residues of banana clumps and bamboo plant are mainly used to build the caskets. As a result, an eco-friendly medium is provided to the decomposition process of dead body. One famous industry from Denver introduced this concept of ecologically-friendly burials. They specifically named it as Ecoffin. The entire biodegradation process takes around six months to two years for its completion. It is reported that many communities like Muslim and Jewish are showing very much interest in eco-friendly burials. Also people from New Mexico shown very much interest in such Eco-friendly creations as they highly believe on green ceremonies. 2 . Eco friendly remote control Remote Control Sony Conductor TV Remote – eco-friendly A very interesting invention is presented by one of the renowned company like Sony. You can easily contribute to go-green concept even through watching your favorite show in your television. Well, the invention of an eco-friendly remote control made it happen in reality for you. The young mind from China came up with this magnificent invention in front of Sony. Sony launched this unique remote by the name of Sony Conductor TV Remote. This innovative creation is available in wand shaped and is required to be bend side-to-side for charging its power. At the same time, a green LED light is also attached to it and functions as an indicator of remote’s power level. The unique creation performs different function through its motion in varied directions. This is the main highlight of the remote. For channel change, you need to move the remote in up and down direction. The conductor’s left and right movement is helpful in terms of controlling volume of your television. Whereas, the conductor’s circular motion is allocated for turning the system on or off. The main highlight of this remote is its kinetic energy. This special remote is one of the most attractive remote control in the market these days. This is one of the green ways to make your television watch more enjoyable and easy going. 3 . Eco friendly pet furs Pet Furs Making clothes from pet’s fur. Normally, you must have heard about usage of wool for winter clothes. In the same way, have you ever thought of wearing pullover made up of same fur obtained from your dog skin? Well, this is possible. In past few years, some people are actually experiencing the warm with the help of their own dog’s fur. The hair obtained from dog’s skin after brushing called stuffing. This stuffing is further collected in order to have sufficient quantity to start with knitting process. In later stage, the large fur balls are finally brought in use to design coats. Well, its one of very unique but interesting ways of acquiring an Eco-friendly nature. 4. Eco friendly edible shoe cream Edible Shoe Cream Edible Shoe Cream – ecofriendly Had you ever thought that your shoe cream may also be used as a multi-puprose herbal cream? With rapid advanced technology and human’s extra consciousness towards nature actually made it happen in reality. A special multi-purpose cream is invented with a tag of Eco-label on it. Mostly creams are prepared with the mixture of several chemicals. The rest entire processing method also requires chemical treatment. However, this particular cream is totally herbal and eco-friendly in nature as it is manufactured with organic ingredient i.e. coconut oil. This all-rounder cream can be used for multi purposes in man’s life. For example, as a lip balm, skin cream and also edible as a toast cream and drinks. 5 . Eco friendly umbrella Umbrella Collapsible umbrella This particular umbrella is very much different from the conventional umbrella designs. Unlike normal umbrella, these eco friendly umbrellas do not have any fixed shading surface. However, you can attach or provide any surface from your own side, in the form of newspaper or any plastic bags. This whole setup is easily folded into compact form. Hence, easy to carry while traveling. The flexible design of this unique eco-friendly umbrella makes it more attractive for people. Make your sunny or raining days more convenient and interesting by simply carrying an innovative eco friendly umbrella. 6 . Eco friendly clothing for babies Clothing for Babies Clothing for Babies – ecofriendly Small cuddly babies are never expected to be involved in any causes like eco-friendly concepts and something. However, you can make it possible by simply make them wear an eco-friendly outfit. Basically, eco-friendly clothes are resulted because of organic farming. The organic farming is deprived of any kind of chemicals being used throughout the farming process. The entire farming process does not involve any usage of herbicides or pesticides. Instead of that, biodegradable and natural fertilizers are used during farming practices. A special harvesting technique is followed in case of eco-friendly cloth production. The unique soil management procedure and crop rotation standards make the go green concept truly applicable. You do not even have to worry about their proper cleanliness, as the eco-friend clothes are easily washable too. This cute outfit will not only make your baby look super cute rather also give them to chance to establish a style statement via healthy green way. In this way, even small babies contribute to environment save mission by wearing an organic cotton infant baby suit. 7 . Pollution sensitive dress Sensitive Dress Pollution-sensitive ‘EPA Dress’ by Stephanie Sandstrom The science and technology is constantly working towards reducing the pollution effects in our environment. However, for the first time art and fashion is also contributing towards the eco-friendly mission. The crumpled and tired condition of our clothes never put a nice impression to your mind. How about getting an idea about your surrounding through the same described condition of your dress? Besides, you also get to know about all health hazards due to disturbances in your surrounded air. Recently, a special dress named EPA by Stephanie Sandstrom, efficiently shown its response against bad air surrounding. The designer has assembled the unique sensor with the dress material, which in turn creates a twist on the dress surface by detecting the bad air atmosphere around the carrier. the main highlight i.e. dress sensitivity makes it unique from any other modern dresses designed so far. Therefore, whenever the dress detects the unhealthy or poor surrounding, the dress looks automatically changes and gives a soiled appearance. Another incredible invention in the same field is also introduced. It is designed by Amanda Parkes and named this dress as Piezing dress. This particular dress mainly functions on combine affect of human motion and piezoelectric effect. The entire mechanism involves the storage of generated electricity in small storing battery for further use conditions. The main highlight of this product is, the produced electricity, generated after the result of mechanical motion in the area encircled around elbow joints and hip potion of the dress. Therefore, even fashion and art industries are paying equal attention to incredible style presentation along with the concern towards the environment. 8 . Eco friendly moss carpet Moss Carpet The Moss Carpet, created by Nguyen La Chanh A walk on grass always makes you experience a pleasant feeling. It is even recommended in order to attain a healthy blood circulation into your body. One of the innovative products designed is the moss carpet. Placing your feet over moss carpet almost gives you the same relax feeling as you get in the park. The moss carpet is especially made by using foam called plastazote. The complete mat mainly includes three types of mosses. One is island moss, second is ball moss and the last one is forest moss. It is only suitable for keeping in your bathrooms. This is because moss remains fresher in humid atmosphere which is best found in bathroom like places in house. So bring this incredible creation with eco-friendly thought and makes your bathroom an eco-friend place as well. 9 . Eco friendly car racer Car Racer Car Racer by Dr Kerry Kirwan. Automobiles are always considered harmful for the environment. The burning fuels are the major source for causing pollution in surrounding. Apart from that, the manufacturing process of complete body of the car also includes severe polluting ways to accomplish. The use of fossil fuels is one of the serious issues attached with car. However, one convenient green invention is presented in context of car driving. One innovative car named Eco One is launched with an aim of obeying non-polluting strategy. This is basically, a single seater racing car. The whole body of the car is constructed with biodegradable materials. Right from the body to the kind of fuel used for car movement, all plastics parts is replaced with organic substances like plants. The eco-car tyres are specially made from potato residues. Whereas, the brake pads are manufactured with the help of ground cashew shell particles. The entire body structure is made with the help of rapeseed oil and hemp. Besides, liquid mixture of fermented wheat and sugar beet is used as a running fuel of the car. This whole new eco-friendly concept in the field of automobile is very much capable to bring revolution in current time. It is reported that Eco One car is ninety five percent biodegradable and can easily be recycled in the nature. Only some of the car parts such as steering wheel, electric circuits and seats are comprises of basic conventional substances. At the same time, several tests also revealed that Eco One can easily cover zero to sixty two mph in just four seconds. Hence, acquiring high-performance-eco-friendly car is no more exist only as a myth rather it is already converted into reality. 10 . Eco friendly earrings Earrings The eco fashion accessories by Kitten Lab How about combining your modish accessories with a noble cause of green concept for your environment? Well, as we know fashionable jewelries are mainly made from plastics and metals like materials, it takes around several years for their proper decomposition. However, many accessories are designed with less harming materials and easily decomposed ones. Such types of earrings are named as Eco-friendly accessories. This includes the light weighted earrings and easy to be carried by you. For example, the Eco-fashion accessories are presented by Kitten labs with beautiful design created with the help of IBM Selectric typewriter balls. The pretty balls used makes it more attractive and light weighted. This particular Eco-friendly invention not only enhances your modish appearance rather also contributes your environment to make it less polluted through many ways. Such as by reducing the landfill risks and many more.

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The good, the bad and the ugly about harvesting energy from landfills

October 4, 2011 by  
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Rajeev Kumar: harvesting energy from landfills Harvesting energy from landfills Call it one of the hazards of rapid urban growth, mega-cities of the world are facing a new challenge of disposing massive wastes. According to an estimate, over 2.1 billion tons of municipal waste is produced all over the world annually. The most common method of disposing this waste has been through the development of organized landfills. Experience has shown that these landfills end up producing harmful gases, particularly methane and carbon dioxide in large amounts. However, researchers have successfully shown that the gases emanating from vast landfills could be trapped for creative purposes like generation of electricity, bio-fuels, and fertilizers. Still, there are various pros and cons associated with the practice of harvesting energy from landfills. Here we have discussed all such issues in detail. Good Waste to Energy: Waste materials of a landfill can be used to produce electricity for domestic consumption. In fact, data from the International Energy Agency shows that many countries have started to harvest energy from municipal and industrial wastes that were earlier dumped in large landfills. Presently, over 400 terawatt of electricity all over the world, is produced this way. Landfills contain large amount of organic wastes like discarded food scraps, paper, textiles and yard trimmings. They produce large amount of green house gases like methane and CO2. The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) says that landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United State, amounting to 17 percent of total methane emissions. With the development of new technologies, it has now become possible to use such large amount of methane to produce clean electricity. This is done by burning the methane for producing electricity. Water and less potent CO2 is produced as the byproduct. This process doesn’t require any extra fossil fuels for burning methane as this gas is itself highly inflammable. Apart from electricity, new technologies have shown that cellulosic ethanol can also be derived from the landfills. It is organically produced because of the degradation of cellulose found in grass trimmings, fallen tree branches and corn stalks etc. This bio-fuel produces more energy and emits less greenhouse gases as compared to other bio-fuels produced today. Bad Burning landfill methane for energy is a bad Idea: While the amount of global waste is increasing, a fool-proof method for harvesting energy from them is still alluding scientists and policy makers. Experience at some places, has shown that the existing technology could cause more harm than good. The reason for this is that a large amount of gas actually leaks into the environment which not only contributes to global warming but also causes some health hazards. As, methane is 75 percent more powerful greenhouse gas in the first 20-years of its existence than the CO2. Most of the landfills are sealed from the top to help prevent the leakage of gases. However, these gases find different routes to escape. For example: Landfill experiment in Ontario has shown that the potential damage by leaked gases could be far more than the useful production of about 5000 MW of electricity from them. Also, it has been found that existing technology succeeds in treating only about 20-25 percent of the total waste. Worst Landfill Gas and awful affects of landfills: Apart from methane, the land fills also produce other gases with heavy odor – that not only affect the environment but are substantial health hazards. While about 50 percent of the gases produced in a landfill is methane, 40 percent of CO2 and some other harmful gases like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other particulate matters are produced. The sulfur dioxide causes acid rain, particulate matters cause respiratory problems and fatigue among people living in proximity to these landfills. Also, the nitrogen oxides cause local ozone and smog formation. The heavy odor of these gases may also cause headache and nausea among people. These gases can travel through the soil and sometimes enter nearby buildings, putting them to significant fire risks as methane is highly inflammable. However, harvesting energy from the gases organically produced in landfills, is still the most effective way of reducing some of the hazards discussed above. And, on a positive note, many new initiatives have been taken up to this effect in many cities in recent times.

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Natural Disaster Couture: Halston’s Glow-in-the-Dark Sequin Gown

August 27, 2011 by  
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Worried about looking totally drab in the aftermath of  Irene’s fury? Although we recommend staying in until things have settled down, in the event of a blackout, perhaps you could adorn yourself in this  glow-in-the-dark sequin dress by Halston . Modern, haute and surprising practical — especially if you were met with shelves of sold out flashlights and batteries — this dress will let you shine even in the most dire of situations. In case of emergency, click on to check out how to glow! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Glow-in-the-dark , green fashion , Halston , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , wearable technology

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The Recycled Paper Dress That Gets Better with Wear (Photos)

August 20, 2011 by  
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The “Ready-to-wear-away” dress wears away as you wear it. Photo: Deborah Feingold On TreeHugger, we like to focus on fashion that is built to last but this unusual garment could hardly go down without a mention. Called the “Ready-to-wear-away” dress, it is more an artistic creation than a wearable dress. Though wearing is exactly what it takes to get the dress to reveal its hidden design. Read on:… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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