Etching to Up-Cycle – Jo Gibbs

08 May

Motivated by a concern about the lack of sustainability in relation to the production of new fabrics, Jo Gibbs takes other peoples trash and transforms them into a new “laced” treasure.

Coming from a background in textile design London born Jo Gibbs’, the inspiration of the delicate fabrics used in the fashion industry is evident in her finished products, which one could describe as “up-laced”.  As a result of a fascination with etching and masking Jo Gibbs, through her company “Up”, has developed a process called “Netching”.  This process allows her to transfer lace patterns on to surfaces of things which would otherwise hit the landfill, breathing new life into the discarded.

Jo has used the process on objects such as slate, wood and metal to name but a few, making what would ordinarily be a heavy based material that little bit softer.

This process and, passion for the sustainability of her product, has meant that Gibbs has been listed as one of Kevin Mcleod’s top ten “Green Heroes” at the Grand Designs Live show in London (Running from 5 – 13 May 2012).

Some of her creations are below, my favourite is the slate… how about you?  It is amazing to see something that would otherwise be discarded brought back to life.





On with the colourful journey…………..


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5 responses to “Etching to Up-Cycle – Jo Gibbs

  1. This Sydney Life

    May 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Oh wow! I love this. How amazing is Jo Gibbs? Love the slate, yes – but also the old wooden school chair. Just magic!

    • birdcagedesign

      May 8, 2012 at 8:22 am

      They are really cool..A good way of revamping the old school hall chairs that I remember

  2. EverydaySparks

    May 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    They are so great – I love the bags most of all…and you would NEED to buy them all because they look so different, depending on the material used. Hooray for netching! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      May 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      I think that we all need to win that $70 million lottery tonight!


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