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August 03, 2015

Inspiration

Yasmin Sewell

There are a lot of street style mavens out there today, but few can pull off bold colors as well as Yasmin Sewell. When she's not consulting with the likes of Chloe, Hermes and ASOS, she's knocking it out of the ball park with playful and bright ensembles. We loved this brushstroke pattern mixed with chunky silvers (dare we say it's very Sunclipse) and recreated it below paired with our Bohdi Wire Earrings

1. Beach Waves Salt Spray R+Co 2. Patterned Dress Edit 3. Bohdi Wire Earrings For the Makers 4. Clutch L.K. Bennett 5. Flatform Sandals Forever 21 6. Charm Bracelet Gorjana 

Photos of Yasmin by Sandra Semberg of A Love is Blind and Popsugar

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July 15, 2015

Inspiration

Weavings for The Home & The Closet

Weaving is no longer for the spinster set. Karl Lagerfeld, J. Crew and Jonathan Adler are among the many loom lovers this season. With relaxed yet design-centric vibes, who can blame them? Add a pop of color to any room or closet with these ten woven wonders below. And go the extra mile by creating your own!

1. Vase Global Goods Partner 2. Pillow Donna Wilson 3. Lamp Shade Serena + Lily 4. Acapulco Chair Dot & Bo 5. Rug Ferm Living

1. Tank Top Sea 2. Belt J. Crew 3. Bucket Bag Guanabana 4. Espadrilles Castaner 5. Necklace Serefina 

Top Image by Mana Morimoto

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July 13, 2015

Inspiration

Sunclipse Playlist

East meets West in this month's Sunclipse Collection. Jam out to this namesake playlist of Bollywood classics, famous hip hop samples and all around warm weather favorites. Head on over to Rdio to listen to this playlist along with our archive.

1. India Kids of 88
2. Dadra Ravi Shankar
3. Where's Your Head At Basement Jaxx
4. Bad Girls M.I.A.
5. Ponderosa Tricky
6. Mundian To Bach Ke Punjabi MC/Jay-Z 
7. Elephant Tame Impala
8. Jaan Pehechaan Ho Mohammed Rafi
9. React Eric Sermon & Redman
10. Within You Without You The Flaming Lips ft. Birdflower and Morgan Delt
11. Like Acid Rain Unknown Mortal Orchestra
12. Galvanize The Chemical Brothers
13. Turntables Ciara
14. Bombay El Guincho
15. Calcutta Enoch Light and His Orchestra

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July 10, 2015

Inspiration

Behind the Design: Sunclipse Collection

Take a technicolor trip this month with our Sunclipse Collection. Inspired by the sun kissed colors of India, sixties psychedelia, and weaving techniques, you'll wanna kick up the A/C and spend a night in with these four projects. Can't wait to un-box?  That's ok, we can't either. Check out all the Sunclipse Collection details below!

Have you heard? All the colors are the new black. ChanelValentino and Isa Arfen aced the trend in their Resort runway presentations and we channeled these palettes throughout this collection, specifically the Devi Woven Wall Hanging. We kicked off this collection with lots of weaving research and workshopping. Many of the techniques originate from Kashmir, the Indian textile capital, where the patterns and colors heavily influenced the psychedelic styles of the sixties. While India may have the largest ownership of looms in the world, we here at For the Makers are pretty proud of the super simple loom we crafted using the collection box and a pair of scissors. Recycling has never looked this good!

Hot weather is here and she ain't leaving anytime soon. Lighten your look with luminous chain in the Miramar Knotted Bracelet and dainty sterling silver in the Bohdi Wire Earrings. 

After the prototyping and the sourcing comes the packing. This month's was a doozy. The whole team spent days counting hundreds of beads (YES! Hundreds in each collection!) and individually wrapping balls of yarn while simultaneously catching up on The Bachelorette (we're team Ben at the moment).

Last, but not least comes the look book. We love a good challenge. Armed with just color gels, a mirror and a squirt bottle we recreated some major sauna vibes for this month's photo shoot.

Miss the Sunclipse Collection? No worries! Check The Shop soon for individual projects and get your hands on our August collection by claiming it here. In the meantime keep on sharing your #makertakes with us! As always, happy making!


xo,
Team FTM

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June 12, 2015

Inspiration

Bryce Playlist

Minimalist meets the wild with the Bryce Collection. We put together a playlist perfect for making this month's four projects or hitting the road and giving into to wanderlust. Listen to this month's playlist and check out our archive on Rdio.

 

1. How Did I Get Here Odesza
2. Desert of Pop The Ruby Suns
3. Lone Wolf Mozart's Sister
4. Eyes Be Closed Washed Out
5. Wander Tame Impala
6. Desert Pale Honey
7. Funetimes in Babylon Father John Misty
8. Rise To The Sun Alabama Shakes
9. Grand Canyon The Magnetic Fields
10. I Like To Move In The Night Eagles of Death Metal
11. Cowgirl in the Sand Neil Young
12. Canyon Girl Fruit Bats
13. Summer Holiday Wild Nothing
14. Camouflage Small Black
15. Canyon Ride Beachwood Sparks
 

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June 11, 2015

Inspiration

Desert Vermillion

Marsala may be the color of the year, but vermillion is giving it a run for its money. These nine items rock that rusty hue with a nod to minimalist Southwestern style. 

 

1. Sandels Stella McCartney 2. Agate Coasters Jung Lee NYC 3. Vintage Books Chairish 4. Blush Laura Geller 5. Skirt Toga 6. Vase Aerin 7. Sunglasses ISSON 8. Clutch Charlotte Olympia 9. Bangle Christina Sin

Top photo of Coalmine Canyon by vtgohokies

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June 10, 2015

Inspiration

Behind the Design: Bryce Collection

With the increase in heat comes the need for fuss-free fashion staples. We're talking loose natural fiber garments, messy top knots and the four projects included in the Bryce Collection. Inspired by Southwestern landscapes and the runways of The Row, Ulla Johnson and Burberry, this month's collection airs on the side of bohemian chic with rusty reds, bold brass jewelry and speckled muslin. Follow the collection's process and take a peek at what goes on behind the scenes, below!

The mood board this month all started with brass hardware sourced from Turkey. Each piece is delicate, raw and unique giving it the rugged quality of ancient petroglyphs. Next we turned every fruit and vegetable in our path into a dye. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, plums, onion skins, avocado skin, cabbage, kale (#CraftFail); essentially everything, but the kitchen sink. Our raspberry and blackberry swatches made it onto the board, along side some uh-mazing agates we found and photos of cacti and hoodoos in Bryce Canyon.

We honed in on this month's aesthetic with the casually structured ensembles of The Row's 2015 Pre-fall presentation. (Those hand beaded slides? A girl can dream.) Our Zion Necklace, illustrated in all of it's glory by the talented Evie would pair perfectly with such an outfit. The agates we used for the pendant were reminiscent of the sedimentary rock formations of Utah and Arizona

As the collection's name implies, Bryce Canyon was a major source of inspiration. We loved how the curved brass hardware used in the Indah Earrings suggest the slopes and inclines of Southwestern canyons and valleys, as well as the ancient petroglyphs engraved into its sides. Evie's illustration and these pieces by Demimonde Jewelry both incorporate that rustic beauty.  

Go wild! We've been wanting to explore the world of natural dying for months now, and we've finally done it with our Outerlands Tote. Make your own natural dyes from items already found in your kitchen. Like we said earlier...we tested everything.

A collection is never complete without the lookbook. With our projects planned and prototyped we called up our girl, Lindsey and had her model this month's pieces. 

 

Check out the Bryce Collection to make all four projects now! Miss out? No worries, check The Shop soon for individual projects and while you're at it, go ahead and claim next month's collection.

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May 18, 2015

Inspiration

Seen On: Alexa Chung

Leave it to Alexa Chung to master the summer outfit. This British It-Girl sported florals and a picnic inspired purse to last year's Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo match. Can it get any more British than that? Get the look below.

1. Sunglasses Le Specs 2. Floral Dress Zimmerman 3. Lipstick Pencil Bobbi Brown 4. Tilly Necklace For the Makers 5. Ballet Flats Country Road 6. Wicker Purse Rosa Mosa 7. Sofia Champagne Can Coppola 

Photos courtesy of InStyle UK and alexachungblog.tumblr.com

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May 14, 2015

Inspiration

Gingham

Goody two-shoes need not apply to this new take on gingham. We went nuts for all the colors of gingham when sourcing fabric for this month's Kensington Waxed Wraps. The classic print gets a colorful and cheeky update with these nine items.

1. Bucket Hat Dolce & Gabbana 2. Travel Speaker Zazzle 3. Sweatshirt Jaded London 4. Sunglasses OXYDO 5. Flatware Poketo 6. Slip-ons Gienchi 7. Sequin Tank Top Ashish 8. Earrings Stella Valle 9. Artist Plate Seletti Wears Toiletpaper 

Top photo by Alix of The Cherry Blossom Girl

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May 13, 2015

Inspiration

Hyde Park Playlist

Our Hyde Park Collection has everything you need for that perfect day in the park. (Minus the bottle of rosé...) We've gathered all our favorite British artists and some It-Girl jams to channel those sunny picnic vibes. Listen to the playlist now at Rdio!

1. Garden Elder Island
2. Summertime The Sundays
3. Oh! You Pretty Things David Bowie
4. Good Times The Easybeats
5. Piccadilly Squueze
6. It Girl Pharrel
7. Fade Into You Mazzy Star
8. Kensington Gardens Marc Jordan
9. London Joywave
10. Pumping on Your Stereo Supergrass
11. Sunny Afternoon The Kinks
12. Wanderlust Polly Scattergood
13. Sunshine Superman Donavan
14. Roses Pacific Air
15. Itchycoo Park Small Faces

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May 11, 2015

Inspiration

Behind the Design: Hyde Park Collection

Tea sandwiches? Check. Flowers in full bloom? Check. A bottle of rose? Errr...we're gonna need another one stat! This month's Hyde Park Collection is all about picnics, English gardens, It-Girls and the beauty of botanicals. And with gingham strutting down the runways of Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors and Altuzarra it looks like we're not the only ones inspired by British charm. Get a closer look at the process behind this month's collection below!

While we adore Pinterest, we like to start every month off with a physical mood board. This month we looked to florals, gingham and all things minty in color.

Like we said gingham is everywhere, from It-Girl Alexa Chung to all the top runway shows. Oscar de la Renta nailed it with this sheer gingham set and a wall full of flowers as a backdrop. We translated this number into our Kensington Waxed Wraps, as illustrated and packed them with tea sandwiches. From a classic cucumber, cream cheese and dill to smashed avocado and radish, there's really no wrong way to make a mini sandwich.

Roses may be the universal flower for love, but they also make a killer skin toner. We sourced pink Himalayan salt, corse and fine Dead Sea salt and natural rose water for this month's English Rose Scrub to bring the best of the garden into your beauty regime. We've got some amazing face scrub #makertakes up our sleeves so keep your eyes on The Source. 

Cool with a hint of retro, mint is the new black. At Paris Fashion Week, in country estates or infused with water, this fresh shade goes with everything. The Kensington Waxed Wraps and the Hawthorn Bracelet both have pops of mint mixed with florals and rosy pinks.

We might be a little obsessed with tea sandwiches...

We packed our tea sandwiches (in waxed wraps of course) and shot the Hyde Park lookbook at the Conservatory Gardens in Central Park. The flowers were out, the birds were chirping and we even saw a couple get engaged! The day was practically out of a Jane Austen novel.

We did manage to petal bomb our model...Casey, you're the best!

If you missed out on this month's Hyde Park Collection, make sure to reserve next month's now! Don't forget to check The Source for further DIY tutorials and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest for our on the go inspiration and sourcing adventures!

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