What is COLLECTIBLE

Vintage Suitcases

Find a whole range of different sized vintage suitcases to create a striking installation. Start with the largest one on the bottom, and stack them on top of each other to create a unique focal point. Place some items on the top one and you have an instant shelf. You can also cut the smaller ones in half and affix them to a the wall, making small shelves. Attach some wooden table legs to smaller cases and you can use this as a bedside table. Open one us and fill with a cushion, and you can use is as a dog or cat bed.

Decorative plates

You can use decorative plates in so many different ways. The good thing about them is they dont need to match, so you can add to your collection as you come across finds. Display them on an old fashioned sideboard, or on the wall in a pattern of your own liking. You can use size, shape and colour to great effect. Try different things out, for instance the bigger plates in the centre with smaller ones surrounding them, or the bigger ones at the bottom, moving upwards through the sizes to the smallest at the top like a pyramid. You can even place them in a ramshackle way, with no order at all, and they will still look attractive. Its down to your own preference. An old fashioned wooden dish rack also makes a pretty way to display the plates.

Picture Frames

Vintage picture frames can be used as a singular focus point or as a collection of wall art. If you have a largish picture frame you can even put it around a mirror, or chalkboard on the wall. Smaller frames can be painted all the same colour if you want to make a colour splash. Or you could age newer frames to give them that vintage look. Look for wooden frames that you can paint in whitewash or pastel tones, then sand back the paint to the wood layer at random spots, giving them an aged look.

Old photos

Photos instantly take you to the era that is featured. Make them room specific for maximum effect, perhaps in the living room you can have a historic picture of the city or town you live in, showing life as it was one hundred years ago, with horses and carts, dirt roads, and people going about their day, the men with their hats and ladies with their long, full dresses. For a touch of glamour in the bedroom, classic pictures of movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe capture the classic essence of Hollywood. If you have any historic pictures of your family, you can make a display of your family tree.

Teapots

Vintage teapots make a nice ornament in their own right. Display on a tray with matching teacups if you have the set, or if you dont, make a set out of all completely different teacups and saucers. You can use the teapot as a table centrepiece, by creating a beautiful flower arrangement inside the teapot. Take the lid off the teapot and use it as a pen holder, a coin jar, or place tea light candles on the inside (if its smaller enough for you to reach inside). In the garden use a mix of different shaped and sized teapots as pot plants.

Tableware

A silver service set is the height of class, if you can get your hands on a one. The silver platter, teapot and coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl makes a great feature point. Ceramic tableware is also good to feature, and it doesnt need to be matching. A collection of plates, tea plates, saucers, and teacups stacked up can look quaint. A collection of vintage silver spoons can be hung on the wall in a spoon rack.

Maps and sketches

Nothing says old world like a map of the old world. A giant, old map on the wall is fascinating, if its in good condition. A collection of smaller maps will make a great wall display in the study, or even the bathroom. If you find some maps that are not is such good condition, you can use the to cover the top of a desk by decoupage, even go bigger and use them as wallpaper over an entire wall as a feature of one room. 

Sketches and line drawings are equally as effective. Animals, human anatomy and science drawings all look really interesting on the wall. Pick a theme and have a collection of similar sorts of line drawings for maximum effect.

Birdcages

Old fashioned birdcages can be used indoors or outdoors. Inside, simply placing them on the floor in a corner or on a table will look quite nice. If you can hang it from the ceiling it will look even nicer. Think about what you might be able to put inside. Candles can be nice, but beware if is inside a wooden or wicker birdcage. Plants will also look very pretty, especially vines which can hang over the side an spill outside the birdcage. Outside hang a collection of them in the trees, and use as giant candle holders for creating atmosphere and ambience.

Books

Old books can look appealing, even just stacking them in a pile on top of a shelf, or cupboard, will give that old world feel. If you have a lot of them, you can make an old-fashioned library, and line all your walls with the books. Use them creatively and stick them to walls, much the same ways as your would feature plates. You can also glue them together and use them on the wall as small shelves. You could add some hooks to the cover of a book and stick it to the wall for an instant key hook. Get creative with the pages of your favourite books and use the pages as wallpaper. Dictionaries or encyclopaedias are great for this, and will keep your visitors entertained for hours.

Globes

Discarded world globes can be turned into light fixtures and art. If you get a lot of them then you can craft a chandelier from them, hanging from the ceiling. You can always just fill a corner of the room or the top of a bureau with a smaller collection of globes. Try to get different sizes, colours and eras for best effect. If you have a few that are the same size, they will look good displayed in a row above a fireplace. Offices are are really good place to include your collection of globes. Even if you just go for one, large, statement globe and give it prime position so that anyone who enters the room is drawn to it.

Crystal, Glassware and jars

Crystal bottles or decanters will make gorgeous light fixtures, and fairly easy to do. You can hang a collection of them from the ceiling over a dinner table, or in an entrance hall. There are some interesting shaped glass lighting globes which you can repurpose into holders of many kinds. Fix some wire around the edge, and hang from a wall or ceiling, using them as cutlery holders, pot plants, or anything else you fancy. Old fashioned cola and soft drink bottles look really cool in the garden, on a kitchen shelf, with the light able to catch them and reflect back. Old jars can also be hung from windows or walls with bits of wire, and you can make them look prettier by wrapping matching or contrasting ribbon around them.

Typewriters

In the old days before everyone had iPads, laptops and even basic word processors the original and the only way to write was with a typewriter. They look so classy if you use is as a feature piece, and you can pick one from many different eras and they will all have their place. There are some coloured ones from the 60s and 70s which will add a pop of colour in the room. A 19th century or early 20th century vintage typewriter will give a whole different feel, reminiscent of the olden and golden days.

Old fashioned clothing

If you have some lovely fabrics and prints that are no longer useful as clothes, you can easily turn them in to bunting. All you need is a sewing machine and some scissors to transform them. Cushions are really easy to make as well, and are a unique way to add a highlight to a sofa. Frame a vintage silk scarf and hang it on the wall. Frame old swimsuits and hang them in a row. Vintage hats can be used as wall decorations, on a hat stand, or in a pyramid on top of a table or dresser. Use old clothing to make a patchwork quilt, or even to reupholster a sofa or armchair. Snip up old t-shirts and sew together to make a rag rug, a colour feature for any room.

Fashion Design and Technology

THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY IN CLOTHING AND SHOE MAKING

It is no secret that modern communication and transportation technologies have come a long way to become what they are today. However, those used in the manufacture of clothes and shoes have even come further and are poised to get even better as newer techniques are developed. It all began with pre-historic humans who used crude tools and we haven’t looked back since. Experts are busy working on a daily basis to come up with technologies that will make the manufacture of apparels and shoes faster, more efficient and sustainable. In this Fashion Timeline, we cover some of the most important cloth and shoe-making technologies. Read on to discover what these are.

HAND STITCHING

For many modern clothe and shoe makers, it is nearly impossible to think of a time when all these items were made by hand. The only tools that were needed were a needle and string, with an occasional hammer. Tedious as it was, there were no alternatives at the time and tailors, alongside shoemakers had to spend a great amount of time and energy making their wares. Despite these challenges, they developed numerous techniques that allowed them to make all sorts of shoe and garment designs. Some of these stitching methods included running, overcast, back and basting stitches. Although it was later abandoned in favor of better techniques, it is still used for minor repairs and among hobbyists.

MANUAL SEWING MACHINE

Fashion Design and TechnologyAs the industrial revolution swept through much of Europe, so did the demand for clothes and shoes. It quickly became apparent that the hand stitching techniques could not meet this growing demand. Naturally, it gave way to the manual sewing machine which was invented towards the end of the 18th century. It is hard to think of any other machine that has had a bigger impact on the industry than this one. Their prevalence greatly increased the efficiency and productivity of apparel/shoe makers by cutting time and costs while increasing volumes. Since such machines were made for both domestic and industrial use, they encouraged the mass production of these items within a few years. Furthermore, they made it possible for designers to experiment with more complex designs and stitching methods that they could not before. This led to an increase in the variety of products manufactured.

AUTOMATIC SEWING MACHINE

The development of computers greatly changed how many things were done. The shoe and garment manufacturing industries was one of the very first to feel the impact due to the production of automatic sewing machines. With this newer technology, all the manufacturer has to do is make the designs and feed the machine with the necessary information. These include things such as the type of materials, the design, and the quantity to be produced. The computer would then take over and would perform all the operations including cutting fabrics and leather, stitching, and binding soles to uppers. In addition to this, it allowed the automation of precise operations like dyeing and patterning, thence improving the overall quality of products. No Fashion Timeline can be truly complete without detailing how important these machines have been to the industry.

RAPID PROTOTYPING AND MASS CUSTOMIZATION

In the past, and even to an extent today, designing both shoes and garments has been a tedious process. To compound this, prototyping has been a challenge especially for smaller companies which are often unsure how the market would be receptive to new products. All these have been cast aside by the rapid prototyping technologies. Using advanced computer software, a designer can be able to come up with multiple concepts without using a single drop of ink. The process is much faster and more efficient, enabling them to model their designs before they go into production.Even as most companies focus on commercial mass production, they are aware of individual tastes and preferences. They are therefore keen on providing clients with a personal touch by allowing mass customization. This could not have been made possible without these modern technologies that allow the clients to specify what they want. This makes it possible for the manufacturers to offer a better customer experience, thanks to advances in rapid prototyping.

WATERLESS DYING TECHNOLOGIES

Despite all the developments that have been experienced in textile manufacture, one of the areas that have continually lagged behind is that of dying. The addition of colors to textile is one of the most intensive operations and consumes billions of liters of water annually. However, this is all set to change with the recent development of waterless dying technologies, which are quickly gathering steam. Machines using technologies such as DyeCoo and AirDye are already being utilized in some industries. Although they currently limited to only certain types of fabrics, they are bound to become better and more efficient with time. These technologies have the potential to not only reduce pollution significantly but also to cut the operational costs for shoe and clothe manufacturers.

3-D PRINTING

One of the most mind-blowing technologies yet in the shoes and apparel industry is 3-D printing. This concept has been in development for many years and now that it is finally here, manufacturers are fully embracing it. Manufacturing using this technique involves feeding a 3D printer with the necessary shoe or cloth design and it then prints it in entirety. The ink in this case is the material that you want the item to be made using.This technology has made it possible to manufacture items with geometrical patterns that were simply impossible in the past years. It also allows them to utilize materials that were previously hard to handle while minimizing wastage as there is no stitching or cutting involved. The benefits are simply innumerable and include a great reduction in the manufacture time while allowing a greater degree of customization. Since most 3D printing techniques are still under development, they are likely to offer manufactures a very powerful and efficient tool in the near future.

In conclusion, it is suffice to say that technology is evolving on a daily basis. So do fashion trends and human needs. It therefore remains to be seen what manufacturing techniques will be developed in the future to satisfy these changes and demands. In the mean-time, the ones that are here already are a valuable assets that are testament to how much the industry has evolved.

Vintage Home Decoration

What defines vintage home decoration is the depth and intensity that the vintage pieces add to homes. This style of home decoration makes an impression mostly because of its historical “aroma” and strong personality. Most vintage pieces such as paintings, floral fabrics, old radios, pillows and sofas, precious decorative items, Formica and shiny chrome dinette sets and chrome and vinyl stools coming from the historical 60s and 50s are usually lovingly handmade. They add a sense of history, cottage charm and make a home a lot more interesting to the eye.

Vintage home decoration, is very popular and classy and can be adapted to any home. It is all about embracing things from the past and enjoying them as they are without having to spruce them up. If a major redecoration isn’t included in your plans some vintage furniture and decorations will be enough to bring a little of that chic-atmosphere in your home. Excellent places for sourcing vintage pieces include flea markets, antique stores estate sales, consignment shops and salvage shops.