Doing our bit to help the planet has never been more important, but it can be hard to know where to start making eco-conscious changes. Throughout April 2021, interior stylist and presenter Roddy Clarke hosted a series of weekly Instagram Live Q&As on @amaraliving where he met the people working to make the world a greener place, and answered all your sustainability questions. Here’s what was covered...
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The Conscious Consumer
Wednesday 7th April at 5pm BST on @amaraliving
In our first live Q&A, @roddyclarkedesign joins the MD of @anglepoise, Simon Terry; the founder of @graphenstonepaintsuk, Patrick Folkes; and interior designer Katie Seidler (@hello_haus) to discuss the power of shopping with a conscious mindset, and how brands and consumers can work closer together in the fight for a sustainable future.
Serial entrepreneur since the ‘90s, Patrick Folkes was intrigued by the potential of Graphenstone, natural, highly-sustainable, air-purifying natural paints reinforced by graphene and introduced it to the UK in 2018. Launching the perfect product at a time of urgent need, Graphenstone is now one of the world’s most certified eco paints in the world with a list of UK clients.
Interior designer and co-founder of Hello Haus, Katie Seidler is an expert on how to create a timeless and less-wasteful home. Katie’s goal is for all homes to be somewhere her clients can retreat to and provide quiet from everyday noise and designing spaces with longevity in mind and avoiding trends that could be easily replaced after a few years.
Owner and joint managing director for renowned UK lighting manufacturer Anglepoise and the fifth generation of his family to be at the helm, Simon has keen eye on the future and the legacy of Anglepoise. Focused on developing new meaningful collaborations as well introducing new initiatives such as the new lifetime guarantee and reducing the use of single use plastics across the company.
Restore & Reimagine
Wednesday 14th April at 5pm BST on @amaraliving
Upholsterer and interior designer @micaelasharpdesign and furniture restorer @williamkirkrestoration talk to Roddy about the joy of bringing new life to interior pieces, and how, through preserving the past, we can look forward to a brighter future for our homes.
Will spent hours watching his carpenter grandfather tinker in his workshop, where his passion and interest in furniture was born. After studying at university, honing his skills and gaining a deeper knowledge of furniture restoration and conservation, Will set up his own workshop in 2012 and has been working on commissions for much-loved family heirlooms and larger corporate contracts ever since. Best known for his appearances on BBC One’s The Repair Shop since 2017, Will is also the resident furniture expert on BBC’s Morning Live.
Upholsterer, upcycler, and interior designer hailing from South London, Micaela Sharp creates colourful, vibrant spaces routed in tradition and craftsmanship. Growing up Micaela was taught carpentry and sewing by her family, so when it came to picking a career, upholstery was the perfect fit. Her sought-after talents and expertise have lent themselves to appearing on screen, with spots on BBC One’s Flipping Profit and Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Weekend, this year Micaela also made it to the semi-finals of BBC Two’s Interior Design Masters.
Suzie is the corporate partnerships manager for Emmaus UK, a charity that is working to end homelessness. Supporting more than 850 formerly homeless people, the charity provides a home for as long as it’s needed, alongside meaningful work and training. As many residents are known to have lost their self-esteem and confidence to get back on their feet, Emmaus UK gives people the space and support they need to take stock of their lies and make positive changes for the future.
London based visual creative and Retail Director of Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Leah Johnson has worked across the creative and luxury fashion industries. With a strong eye for detail and a passion for innovation and sustainable retail, Leah’s flair for styling and composition have resulted in an ongoing career, pioneering the charity retail revolution alongside freelance projects in creative direction, brand consultancy, and education.
Recycle in Style
Upcycling duo Alice and Oliver have built their studio on their love reviving vintage designs into contemporary, yet timeless creations in their signature bold style. Since beginning Patience & Gough in 2015, their main aim is to tackle the waste and environmental impact caused by mass furniture production and they’ve also collaborated with retailers to create one-off and bespoke collections.
East London based Art Director and Stylist, Zeena Shah has a passion for colour, prints, and pattern. After training at the Chelsea School of Art & Design, Zeena began her career as a print designer and after quickly realising she loved sharing her skills she began running printmaking workshops from her studio. In 2016, Zeena launched her first book, How to Print Fabric, and has also made appearances on the BBC and Channel 4 sharing her creative knowhow. Online, Zeena is a colour positivity inspiring content creator who encourages her followers to add more colour to their lives.