The Vintage Home Show Travels North

The Vintage Home Show is coming to Manchester this weekend. The show will be held at the Victoria Baths on Sunday the 9th of June from 11am – 4pm, and will be showing mid-century furniture, retro lighting, vintage textiles and artwork among many other things. If you can’t make it to Manchester this weekend there will be another Vintage Home Show in London later this year. Here is a short clip about the event to give you a little taster.

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From Furnishings to Fashion

Artist Jeanie Mellersh and Ellen Fellows

Three of Ellen’s jackets made from silk sari off cuts on a tailored base.

Ellen Fellows works in her studio in the New Forest in England to produce the unique vibrant jackets, boots and other clothing.

Ellens Workshop

Ellen’s workshop at Godshill in the New Forest England

From the cut-off pieces of Indian Silk saris, Ellen has fashioned a series of brilliantly coloured jackets.

Jacket Ellen Fellows

A unique blouse made from silk originally intended for
school ties

Ellen's Workshop

Jacket in Pied Piper style with Liripipe hat

Ellen started by making jackets for herself by the time she had made over 40, her husband suggested it was time to make them for other people too.

A military style jacket worn by Ellen

A military style jacket worn by Ellen

This prompted her to start her own business and she founded Bellesque. Ellen has taught herself the skills she needs for creating these beautiful clothes.

Floral jacket by Ellen Fellows

Floral jacket by Ellen Fellows

Making jackets remain Ellen’s passion and this continues to be at the heart of her business, although she has recently also started creating fantastic boots.

Boots Ellen Fellows

Thigh high boots made from recycled boots and furnishing fabric

Using boots from charity shops, she adds thigh-high leggings frequently made from furnishings and discarded cloth.

Boot made from recycled materials

Boot made from recycled materials

By reusing old materials made from disused furniture and cut off silk she does not only create beautifully original pieces but also gives it a second chance to be beautiful.

Sari cut offs

Sari off cuts from India

Marni’s Salavaged Colombian Woven Chairs

Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

The chairs are crafted by former prison inmates in San Gil, Colombia and the colour combinations were chosen by the Marni team. Each chair is made using a traditional Colombian weaving technique using multi-colored PVC threads woven around the seatbacks and armrests to support the structure. 

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

The Italian fashion house has displayed a number of these chairs at No.19 Greek Street. The Marni project collection consists of 20 colours, 7 models and 21 variations for 80 chairs, 10 deckchairs and 10 tables, made in limited series.

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

Marni Woven Chair at No.19 Greek Street

The chairs are constructed from salvaged materials, using concrete reinforcing bars for the core structure and the seatbacks and armrests made from coloured plastic pipes.