The Materials Culture Blog

Materials Feature: Recycled Glass Beads

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Materials Feature: Recycled Glass Beads

African cultures have historically utilized recyclables and other second use items to create ornamental and decorative elements. These beads are part of an incredibly long history of recycled bead crafting.

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Send earrings to your friends for free. #sharejoy

Send earrings to your friends for free. #sharejoy

Here's how it works.
When you make a purchase (any item, any amount) on the TMDCo. site before July 12, I will send a pair of Recycled Glass Studs to the recipient of your choice.

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Designing Summer 2020 - The Materials

Designing Summer 2020 - The Materials

Before releasing the TMDCo. Summer '20 collection, I wanted to share a little bit about my inspiration and the process of designing. The collection sparked from a post from @ted on Instagram, which my husband showed me one night when we were sitting on the couch. Here it is: "These colorful bits and bobs are actually tiny grains of sand! By using a 3D microscope, you can see the shell fragments, coral, volcano pieces and more that make up a beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui. "There's a magical world behind reality," says scientist and photographer Gary Greenberg. "And that...

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Embroidery Q&A with Designer Arielle Salkin

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Embroidery Q&A with Designer Arielle Salkin

"I get a lot of texture inspiration from nature and sometimes just very close-up looks at things people would often overlook... My embroideries often mimic these little moments of visual interest."

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Indigo: Ancient History and the Future of Fashion - An Interview with Amy Taylor (Part 2)

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Indigo: Ancient History and the Future of Fashion - An Interview with Amy Taylor (Part 2)

"Indigo is the only natural blue dye that exists in our world. Denim is still dyed with synthetic indigo, there's just nothing else like it."

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