It was truly a pleasure to work with such a like-minded leader and visionary while I was still working as a Senior Designer at Patagonia. Yvon is such a delight and full of insight. I still enjoy hearing about him and the emails I get periodically from Malinda Chouinard – the woman behind many of the company’s family-friendly and social/eco practices. Watch the video on this link: https://www.greenbiz.com/video/2013/03/01/patagonia-responsible-company. In this video he talks about corporate responsibility and authenticity. He also points out how we as consumers, not designers, have the power to make a difference with our wallets and the choices we make.
When I was still living in my ’52 modern home, which I converted to a 100% below ZEH (Zero Emission Home) in the mid 2000s, I was planning on adding a prefab guest/art/yoga studio from Modern Cabana. Since then, they have joined Blu Homes. Blu Homes creates sustainable pre-fabricated homes that are computer-designed and fabricated in their zero-landfill construction factory, then delivered to the client. They are assembled on site in about three weeks. Built with recycled steel frames, sustainably forested and reclaimed materials for wall systems and glass, these energy-efficient homes are made to fit a client’s needs, be it small or large. Add to that renewable options like solar or wind, water catchment and grey water systems, geothermal for heating and cooling or solar radiant heating, and you have a self-sufficient home that can also give back to the electric grid. It is exciting to live in a time where we have so many more options to choose from to help reduce our carbon footprint!
Watch YouTube.com/BluHomesTV for more on these gorgeous sustainable structures.
My first below-ZEH home…
I’ll be speaking on Sustainability and Sustainable Design this week at one of the top art schools in California- a real treasure in the mountains. The students are immersed in the arts at Idyllwild Arts Academy all through high school and move on to great futures. It’s truly an honor to join them. If you are in Idyllwild, come by on Tuesday, February 26th or Wednesday, February 27th, 2013. ~ V.V.
Shortly after I left Patagonia to pursue my work with Amazon rainforest artisans and resume my own custom eco clothing design, David Janowick (to my left) – from the Tesla Motors design team – and I set up a meeting with the Patagonia design and materials development teams. Franz von Holzhausen (wearing a black tee), Chief Designer of Tesla Motors, heads the talented team of geniuses who have so far given us the fast, long-range and sexy 100% electric Tesla Roadster – that I have driven a number of times – and the Model S. Here, I am pictured in the Patagonia parking lot with the Tesla Team and the Roadster, which stayed overnight in my driveway before the meeting in 2009.
That’s my little 2003 Prius in the background. I’ve owned 2 Priuses since the end of 2000. I love my Prius, but I look forward to getting a fully electric Model S or the next vehicle they come out with!
Green Festival was great fun and successful, where we sold and showcased ORG by vio’s Amazon artisan eco jewelry worn with Violeta Villacorta eco luxury fashion at the festival’s Eco Fashion Show organized by vegan shoe designer Rebecca Mink. Then we were off to Modern Folk Living in Ojai, CA for a weekend bazaar featuring ORG by vio, where friend Wanda Weller has created an eco lifestyle destination for eco treasures. And finally we made a trip up North to Sonoma, CA in wine country, for an ORG by vio trunk show at Artefact Design Salvage, a stunning Interior Designer’s dream full of exquisite handcrafted furnishings and accessories. Visit Behind the Scenes and Photo Journal for photos.
“Occupy Love film connects the dots between climate crisis, extreme weather, today’s economic system and love in action. Featuring Naomi Klein (Shock Doctrine), Bill McKibben (350.org) and Clayton Thomas-Muller (Indigenous Environmental Network).”
Nature is responding to nature taking its course, part in response to the excess of human activity. As the waters warm and climate is altered, we will continue to see more natural disasters. Coastal areas are always more fragile, yet none of us are safe anywhere. Earthquakes, storms, tornadoes and hurricanes can be expected where once were none.
Living conscientiously is a holistic matter. It’s about choosing the options that will benefit people and planet. Buying fashion and products that are sustainable are some of the answers. Lowering our consumption, building green, organic urban and local farming, driving more efficient cars, and better yet – cars that can be powered by electricity from the Sun or other clean alternatives, are other things we can do.
For too long we have relied on fossil fuels that have polluted our planet and disrupted peoples livelihoods by contamination and illness. We can no longer leave it to our governments to make the right choices. They have too many interests that impede true change. The shift has to happen with us. Each of our choices makes a difference.
In 2005, I converted my first home, which I sold last year, to fully solar electricity. I cancelled the gas service and outfitted the house with efficient electric appliances. It was exciting to see the meter run backwards! We generated more electricity than we needed every day. The excess electricity that went back to the power grid was rewarded as credit. These days in California, many people whose homes are giving back electricity to the utility companies, are getting paid for the excess electricity their homes produce. Now you get state and federal incentives, as well as paid for generating electricity!
Making the switch is an empowering move that will help save you money and our planet. There are companies like Sungevity, that lease and install solar electric systems on rooftops with no money down. You are billed monthly at affordable rates, depending on your system. It is the best alternative, so you don’t have to pay for the system upfront. A great alternative to help make the changes that we need to make as a society.
For more on being a part of the shift, get Rooftop Revolution by Danny Kennedy.
Thread brings to light the truth about this industry and makes it clear that eco fashion is not a trend, but the way it has to be to continue to produce beautiful fashion with the least negative impact on our planet and human health.
Since 1993, I have been making eco fashion for clients in my own collections and through other companies I have worked for. This commitment extends to my work in partnership with indigenous Amazon artisans to create sustainable rainforest eco jewelry and accessories, as an alternative to the conventional jewelry industry that depends fully on mined metals and stones. The artisans’ beautiful work is made with materials that grow in the soil of the rainforest. Pair Violeta Villacorta‘s eco fashion with a gorgeous Amazon artisan accessory from ORG by vio® for a beautiful and fully earth friendly statement.
One-of-a-kind upcycled leather vest hand embroidered in raffia straw for Jonathan Gwiazda – a supporter of my work with Amazon artisans, modeled by my husband metal artist Dylan Farnham. This beautiful example of upcycling was completed in 30 hours of hand embroidery and delivered at Burning Man Fertility 2.0 2012. After hours of labor, this year’s Burning Man theme was very fitting. I gave birth to this vest on the dusty playa ; )
For those not familiar with Burning Man, it is a festival of radical self-expression and self-reliance filled with art, music and beautiful people in the middle of the desert. A melange of personal taste and unique expression. Everyone is a work of art… from the costumes, to the art and the music.
The Fundraiser is ON! Violeta Villacorta & ORG by vio® invite you to visit our fundraising page to learn more, support our work with indigenous Amazon artisans and receive beautiful, high quality Amazon rewards made by the very artisans you support. Look through all your Reward options, including rewards from our Deep in Forests partners! Contribute any amount as everything helps reach our goal & Share this with your friends and family to reach more people in your circles and around the Globe! We look forward to you being an active part of our work with the talented Amazon artisans we work with. Thank you! Love & Light ♥
We had a great time at Women of the Green Generation Conference and Modern Folk Living trunk show this past weekend. The fashion show at WOTGG featured Violeta Villacorta hand crafted eco fashions with exquisite ORG by vio® Amazon accessories. So good to see so many familiar and new faces! Thank you for coming by to say hi, supporting our work and purchasing an exquisite Amazon rainforest jewelry accessory from the talented and prolific artisans we work with. It was a treat to share their work, culture and a bit of the rainforest with you all. If you missed the events, visit the Projects pages to learn more about our work, the communities and artisans we work with, and you can purchase a beautiful Amazon accessory at our online Shop, as well as at Modern Folk Living in Ojai and L’elephant Blanc at the French Market in West Hollywood, CA.
Visit ORG by vio® to see photos of the events.
Designer Violeta Villacorta is a sponsor of the Women of the Green Generation Conference on May 19th. Join her and ORG by vio® to learn more about ORG by vio‘s work in the South American Rainforest and come to the ORG by vio® booth to get an exquisite eco handmade jewelry accessory made by the indigenous Amazon artisans ORG by vio® works with. Speakers include: Andrea Robinson, Kris Willey, Rachelle Carson Begley, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Zhena Muzyka, Sarah Backhouse, Anna Getty. Come listen and connect with these great women!
Get your tickets at www.womenofthegreengeneration.com
See you there!
Come join designer Violeta Villacorta and ORG by vio® at the beautiful Modern Folk Living eco boutique in Ojai. You can learn more about our work in the South American rainforest and purchase an exquisite eco handmade piece of jewelry created by the indigenous Amazon artisans ORG by vio® works with. There will be beautiful traditional designs, as well as jewelry collections designed and created in partnership with these highly talented artisans from the Amazon, our lungs of our planet. You will feel the power of the rainforest spirit in every piece of sustainable jewelry.
Come join us on May 20th.
Modern Folk Living 306b East Matilija Street, Ojai, CA
See you there!
Great talk on the “future” of energy. The future is NOW! Let’s do this! An optimistic plan on how we can eliminate the need for oil and use the power of real clean alternatives to fuel or lives.
I am an avid promoter and user of alternatives. After converting my home in 2005 to a less than Zero Energy Home (ZEH) – by installing a photovoltaic system, solar water heater, skylights, PVC-free reflecting cool roof, canceling gas service, making it an energy producing home while giving back the 2/3 excess to the grid – I saw how we can turn things around and make a difference with our actions, be it personal or systemic. We have unlimited resources from the sun, wind, ocean, geothermal, etc. No need to extract, transport, refine and deliver dirty energy that leaves trails of devastation and creates pollution. The clean alternatives have always been with us. We just have to make the right choices NOW.” Violeta Villacorta
Very excited about the beautiful spread of ORG by vio® on Magnifeco! Your daily eco-fashion blog. Violeta Villacorta’s work with Amazon artisans was featured this week. A love affair with elegant and luxurious eco-fashion that extends to the beautiful artistry of the artisans ORG by vio® works with. Using organic rainforest seeds and fibers, these talented women make some of the most exquisite handmade beaded jewelry and accessories in the Amazon! READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON MAGNIFECO.
The Triple Dress has been getting standing ovations in performances by Project Bandaloop. It is a stunning spectacle to see the three performers dancing and flying in the air, attached by the fabric that bonds them. The Triple Dress was conceptualized by Todd Laby and designed by Violeta Villacorta in hemp silk and tulle. As flowing as it feels, it is a sturdy creation produced by patternmaker Carol Pietrasanta and sewer Rogeli Villavicencio. The first photo here is a prototype in muslin, see photos in the actual hemp silk by clicking more. You can catch the Triple Dress in the act at one of Project Bandaloop‘s performances.
Welcome to the new Violeta Villacorta Website! Visit the menu links to see the collection, learn more about the exquisite sustainably made custom garments and accessories, and contact us to design a unique piece especially made for you! Each piece is crafted with love, care and precision. Each is a beautiful work of art to be worn and to be collected… timeless clothing that surpasses the test of time.
For Love of People, Planet & Culture.
We are still working on our new site. It will be completed Soon. Thank you for your visit and come back again once it is fully Live!