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Eco Fashion

Have you heard about the ‘Red Carpet Green Dress’ competition?  The contest is aimed at showing great design can have green credentials. Suzy the wife (pictured below) of Director James Cameron an ardent environmental advocate came up with the idea.

Image of Red Carpet Green Dress 2010 winner via RCGD website

This year the winner will be announced in February and the winning dress design will be worn at the 2012 Academy Awards. Designers need to submit a design to be made up in a sustainable fabric. For example organic cotton, hemp or peace silk. Or dresses can be created from reworked vintage pieces. In line with eco principles fabrics should be sourced locally.

Image of Red Carpet Green Dress winner 2011 via RCGR website

I found this information via a twit by Eco Fashion Week which led to the Red Carpet Dress website. The site is a great site to visit if you are into eco fashion. Fabric manufacturers in the past have been focused on the beauty, feel, flow and the durability of a product at the expense of sustainable issues. There is a growing momentum to address this with competitions like the one mentioned above.

If you are interested in the topic Dr Kate Fletcher’s ‘Design Journey’s’, Prof Sandy Black’s ‘Eco Chic’ are books recommended by Dilys Williams Director of Sustainable Fashion at The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College.

Fashion Concept Board created by Rosena on

In this blog are some images of the winning entries for 2010 and 2011; really look forward to seeing this year’s winning dress. All this inspired me to have a play around creating a concept board on the www.sampleboard website. If you are interested in fashion you will find loads of images on the sample board site; have ago creating a concept board just follow the links on the right it is easy and fun.


Peaceful and serene interior design green

As stated in the past three blogs there are four basic personality types; sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic and melancholy. Hippocrates identified and labeled these four basic personality temperaments over 2000 years ago. Many people have studied the personality styles and used them to help with business, education, health and personal development. Having an understanding of people can be very helpful to the designer.

Easy to get on with, easy going non fuss phlegmatic

In the last of this series of blogs on personality styles the phlegmatic will be discussed. This sort of person is very laid back, an easy going and easy to get along no fuss sort of person. They are the sort of people who are the backbone of a family or business. You can rely on this person to be there.

Friendly wanting peace family most important  

The phlegmatic person can be an introvert and a pessimist. They prefer to follow rather than lead. Their easy relaxed personality makes them eager to please. They crave peace. In a group they will often sit back and watch others. Friendly, people orientated; family is most important to them. It is estimated sixty eight percent of the population have a dominance of phlegmatic personality traits.

Enviro Natural interior design suits the peaceful caring person

As they care about people, animals and the environment the Enviro Natural style of interior design would most suit them. These sorts of people like well loved often handmade objects around them. Not for them the uncluttered mini modern style.

Green and lazy Sunday afternoons

If this person was a colour I think they would be green. Their tendency to lean back instead of standing up straight gives the impression they value a peaceful, restful and casual life. This leads me to disclose the song I sang in my workshops to represent the phlegmatic. The song I chose; ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’. I’m singing it now and it continues like this ‘… got no time to worry’. Oh I can’t remember the rest or who wrote or sang the song.

Well that’s the end of the wee series of blogs on personality temperaments and the interior design styles I think would most suit them. All the sample boards in this blog were created by me Rosena on the eco friendly digital mood board creator  You to can play around with your design ideas by just following the link on the right. Just to recap

  • Sunny, happy, want to have fun sanguine Ethnic Cultural interior design colour yellow
  • Strong, on the run, choleric achiever Mini Modern interior design colour red
  • Sensitive, gentle, want everything perfect melancholy Traditional Cultural interior design style colour blue
  • Laid back, easy going, peaceful phlegmatic Enviro Natural interior design colour green

If you would like more information on the topic just click on these links

For the article Interior design with your personality in mind: The Phlegmatic Personality Type clink on the link below

If you follow the link below you will find a blog post on how to sell interior design to people with a phlegmatic personality

I will also again add the quick and easy personality quiz. Just in case you haven’t checked it out yet. It may give you an idea of what sort of person you are

Personality Quiz A5

Bendigo city renown for Victorian architecture has an unexpected modern gem

I was very excited and proud to get this news; two Bendigo design projects have reached the finals of the Premier’s Design Awards for 2010. The Bendigo Bank’s ‘Bendigo Center’ and the Bendigo Art Gallery’s ‘Golden Age of Couture’.

This is a great achievement for a small regional city in the center of Victoria.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s new headquarters, The Bendigo Centre, was officially opened by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008. The building houses offices, shops and cafes. About 1,000 Bendigo Bank staff work in the 5 Green Star building. It is one of the first to be built in a regional city.

Many Green Features

A number of environmental features and benefits have been included by the designers of the building. The green features include under-floor air conditioning, solar panels to reduce black power usage and exterior sunshades to reduce heat.

It is estimated the building will consume less than half the energy of a typical office building. Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 820 tonnes each year – the equivalent of removing 190 cars from Bendigo’s roads.

Water Conservation
Another important feature is the water conservation water-efficient fixtures and fittings and a recycling water plant treat all black and greywater to Grade A standard for toilet flushing to ensure minimal use. The surplus recycled water will be distributed throughout the Bendigo community and for garden use. Rainwater is collected from the roof area, filtered, stored and reused in the drip-fed irrigation system that supplies the landscaped gardens at the front of the building.

Under -Floor Displacement Air Conditioning
One of the first large-scale applications of under-floor displacement air conditioning in Australia has been include in the design. This system provides fresh, clean air at a low pressure with individual vent controls at every workstation. The result is 50% improvement in fresh air rates by Australian standards and ensures increased staff health, effectiveness and productivity.

Community Focus
Bendigo Bank started its life as a building society in the Victorian gold rush of 1800’s. From the start the philosophy of the company has been to help the community. Many gold widows were left in Bendigo during the gold mining period. Men died of a miner related lung disease. The society helped families in numerous ways during this time.

The bank is also famous for the community support given to isolated communities. When other banks left an area Bendigo bank moved in to help create a community bank (run by the community) under the umbrella of the Bendigo Bank

The Bendigo Bank building has had its fair share of controversy. The ultra modern design has been felt by some to spoil the historic aspect of the city’s historic buildings. I have always preferred modern architecture but I must admit I struggled as the modern building started to emerge above the historic streetscape.

I am so impressed with the environmentally sustainable features of the building but I am still coming to terms with the clash of architectural styles. My problem is I love the building design. But it does impact on the period architecture of the city. Only time will tell; will the building eventually become accepted for what it is a building of the time.

 Frank Lloyd Wright said

“Every great architect is – necessarily – 
a great poet. 
He must be a great 
original interpreter of his time, 
his day, his age”

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