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Interview Yearbook Online


This is an exclusive video of the members from the yearbook, iincluding the proces.


The yearbook group

Posted by: Lauri


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Upcycling Old Materials

A few years ago, I was at a market in Amstelveen. The market was about giving old toys a new life in different ways. There was a woman which made jewellery of old toys and old materials. She made necklaces and dresses of lips of drink bottles, and the result was very inspiring. Next to it, she made also necklaces of old marbles.


At the internet, you can find a lot of information about how to make jewellery of old toys and materials. Making necklaces of old spoons, making brooches out of old keys. You call it, and you can find it! Recycling old toys and materials is popular. In a world that needs every person to reduce, reuse and recycle, coming up with ways to reuse your old junk in a funky, fun way is beneficial to the planet.


Chair Stefan LehnerAt the workshop night of Your Biggest Bang there were several stands and workshops of people with the theme: ethical, up cycling etc. Stefan Lehner was one of the artists which has a workshop stand at the party of Your Biggest BANG. Stefan develops furniture, objects and interiors on the base of used materials. It is essential to reuse former or hidden functions of the recycled materials. The transformations are made with complex materials (industry) but also with cheep trash (packaging). The metamorphose should be surprising, make smile, be comfortable and useful. The website of Stefan Lehner is very inspiring. He won a lot of prices for innovative work.



More and more, it’s important to make students aware of sustainability. People want to make students aware of design in a sustainable way. At the design academy Eindhoven there are several lectures about developing sustainable products. The results of these lectures were amazing. Examples are windylight: street-lighting which Works with wind energy, paratotal: little satchels made of starch. Very innovative ideas with a future-feeling. Also at the AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute, the students are more and more aware of the sustainable world. Every year a part of the study is about the sustainable world. The optional block ‘Mundial’ makes people aware of fashion in a sustainable way. Very innovative designs are the result. Outfits made of old drink bottles, organic cotton and old garbage.


Necklaces of old marblesA few months ago, I started to upcycle my own things. I made necklaces out of old fabrics and marbles. I had a lot of old fabrics and I wanted to do something with it. Inspired by the woman of the market, which made necklaces out of old marbles, I gave it a twist and made something new. My old toys had a new life. At the workshop night of Your Biggest BANG, I also gave a workshop about these new jewellery’s. It was very successfully, because who does not have old marbles at home?


Sustainability becomes more and more important. And because a lot of people requires the old times, with making things on their own and being creative, people start making things on their own. Inspire yourself by the artist Stefan Lehner, or follow a lecture at the design academy. Upcycling your old objects is getting popular (and it is popular already), and it is very cheap as well!


The Grand Parade – Photoshoot Yearbook

The Grand Parade

Photoshoot of Yearbook 2008


Amsterdam Fashion Institute has a lot of creative fashion students. Every year, about 200 students graduates at this institute.


At the AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute, about 25 3Ddesign students, designed their own graduation collection. In the photoshoot for the AMFI-yearbook 2007.2008, there was a chance to show the showpiece of every collection. Just like the ‘Royal College of Art’ and ‘Artez Arnhem’ the work of the design students will be visible. A unique and special chance to show the variated work of students as one unity. The AMFI is for students a institute which makes every student to a person with a personal handwriting and own style. The AMFI was the beginning of a search, but the end is nearby. A sparkling future, full of creativity, will be next. The photoshoot can be seen as a personal portfolio page. Every ending is a new beginning..


The theme of the yearbook is (as called before) ‘every ending is a new beginning’. The graduates will be leaving AMFI, but what will their next move be? With AMFI in the back of their minds, there will be a ‘new’ beginning for every graduate. This is why the yearbook is there to represent this new beginning of these graduates. It will be a booklet where they will have a ‘first’ chance to present themselves and their work to the outer world. It will be their personal business card.


The photoshoot of the graduation collection in the yearbook is called ‘The Grand Parade’. With the future of tomorrow in mind, our (AMFI) design students created their own collection. It is up to them to create the picture of tomorrow. It is their vision and the mission of AMFI that will stimulate them in creating that picture. A picture of their sparkling future, the picture of tomorrow. This is why the photoshoot is called ‘The Grand Parade’. A parade of tomorrow’s designers of the world.


The style of the photoshoot is raw, AMFI-feeling and with the future and designer clothing in the centre. The photographer of the shoot was Taufiq Hosen, an upcoming photographer which also works for the GlamCult and the magazine BLEND. His style fits the yearbook and the idea of the photoshoot very well.


The photoshoot of the yearbook was a great success. Every designer took their most beautiful outfit of their graduation collection with them to the photoshoot. Remarkable were the uses of fabrics and colours. Light colours, like old-pink, broken white and earth tints were popular in the collections. Also shiny and light fabrics, like silk, satin, and linen were very popular. There were also some heavy knits in the collections. They were hand-made, so knitted by hand, but it looks beautiful. Prints were very abstract and most of them were black and white. (if you click on the pictures, you can see them better!).

The Grand Parade, the photoshoot of AMFI’s graduation yearbook 2008, shows the most obvious outfit of every designers. AMFI is proud of them, and the designers can be proud too. Beautiful fabrics, ingenious work of patterns and explicit visions of the designers. The Grand Parade of tomorrows designers.

Designer bird houses

I think this is the ultimate combination of designers, upcycling old materials and nature:
Designer Bird Houses

Gr. Josselin



Creative and ethical fashion label

Pamoyo is a new ethical fashion label, which invites designers to join their mission and enrich the offerings with their creations.

So, a new label which is ethical and creative! I think, very interesting!

Gr. Josselin


There will be another plastic-bag-free-zone in England. Kew is the second city in this country. 50 shops decided to give biological bags (biologically degradable or organic cotton) in their shops.

Take a look at the website:


Fashionable Fishmates

This summer, the organization Greenpeace, will release rubber boorts with prints of the ocean. They want to make people aware of the threat of the oceans. The date of release will be the 27th of July 2008.

View the website, to have a look a the new FISHMATES.

Gr. Josselin