The Big Upcycle Event – 23rd & 24th of August…

The Big Upcycle Market

Lynn Haughton founder of The Upcycle Movement is so passionate about Upcycling and the Environment it was natural that we got on like a house on fire when we met last year. It is great to see Lynn getting so proactive about her passion with the upcoming launch of The Big Upcycle Market. Ireland needed an expo for all the creative and amazingly professional and functional items that are being made. Upcycling can be something that everyone can enjoy and you don’t have to be a certain type to appreciate the excellent craft that is Upcycling. I even have a love for Upcycling myself and have completed quite a few projects – check them out here.

I am sure this Market will be a massive success and it is a shame that I will be in Cork to welcome the arrival of my sister Sue’s second baby tomorrow πŸ™‚ But I will be here for the next one and hope to have a stall there too!!

Best of Luck Lynn and of course Gwen xx

For anyone interested in The Big Launch Night that is Friday from 5pm – 7pm.

Location: The Stillorgan Park Hotel, N11 Dublin

Date: Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of August

Time: 11am – 6pm on both days.

Check out my new page – Claire Lewis’s Upcycled Home


I recently went around my house taking snap shots of all of the Upcycled projects that I have completed. Turns out. I have quite a few!

So I have put a page together called Claire Lewis’s Upcycled HomeΒ – It contains pictures of most of the projects, and a little brief of how they came to be.

Do you like Upcycled pieces? I know there are lots of people who couldn’t think of anything worse. I must say I need the outcome to be very professional looking as even though I love Upcycled, I don’t like shabby.

I hope you enjoy – and if you want to know more just mail me


Has the term Ethical become the new fashion buzz word?


I have begun to think that the term “Ethical” has become a word or concept that some fashion brands have latched onto because their PR department told them so!? With the down turn of the economy, the first thing to go from a persons budget is fashion clothing and accessories – similar to the axing of the marketing department…. And with other trends like upcycling, craft and design and the resurgence of DIY, fashion companies have to do something to stop the loss of foot fall.

The term ‘ethical’ basically means knowing what is right and wrong – well on a more philosophical level, as one persons view of what is right and what is wrong can be totally different. But with ethics it is a broad based view of how your decisions and actions will affect everything else. So when analyzing the history of how ethical fashion companies have been towards other humans, the environment and the profits from fashion – is it any wonder I am pondering just a little to their new found love for ethics?!!

This may seem very negative way of looking at something that can only be positive. Can a not so ethical in the past fashion company, make up for lost time and start to make change? Will fashion companies drop all the buzz words and again laugh all the way to the bank as soon as we are all foolish and loaded again!?? I am still the doubting Thomas in the corner but I do like second chances and I particularly like a change for the better, especially when people and the environment are the key beneficiaries πŸ™‚

I see and compare the brands that have started off with Ethics at the core, giving back in what ever way they can to the large high street chains that have creamed it. Brands like TOMS who give a pair of shoes or glasses to a child for every pair you purchase. The items are also manufactured in a sustainable and ethical process.

What ever way I think My thoughts will be minuscule to the might of the large high street chains, but I am thrilled to see a positive change in what is an industry driven by wants and an insatiable consumer apatite for items they certainly do not need! But, I will also live in hope that my fellow human beings will begin to realize that “less is more” in the fashion department also.

My Upcycled Chair is in a competition – Help me win!!? :)

Hello everyone!


I would like to get your help to win a great book calledΒ ‘The Upcycle’ by Michael Braungart and William McDonough. I have entered my lovely Upcycled chair that I bought in a charity shop for €20 and stripped back, varnised and made new covers from the pattern of the old yuck olive green covers. Β Here it is;


The competition is organised by the very talented and driven Lynn Haughton from The Upcycle Movement and all you have to do is like my chair’s picture. Thats all and you can do it HERE.

Thanks guys πŸ™‚