I am honored to be featured in Danny Peebles’ heart-inspired businesses section on his website, alongside Manoj Bhargava of Billions in Change. Manoj Bhargava has pledged 99% of his wealth for good, investing in solutions for the biggest problems in the world. Watch Billions in Change.
Danny’s books The Heart-Inspired Billionaire Energetic Mastermind and The Heart-Inspired Millionaire Energetic Mastermind are manuals of affirmations that inspire a consciousness to create abundance in our lives to use in a positive way in the world. To create more love, peace, compassion, understanding and joy in our lives and the world. Money is the currency of this planet. It is neither good nor bad. It is simply a flow, a tool for trade that allows us to do positive things in the world, if we are driven by heart-inspired vision. (more…)
Green America featured an issue about the toxic chemicals used in conventional clothing production in their Fall 2015 bi-monthly magazine, Green American. Toxic chemicals affect the health of farmers, workers, the end user and the environment. The Fall 2015 issue of Green American includes articles like Detox Your Closet, 7 Tips for Less Toxic Togs, The (Toxic) Fabrics of Our Lives, The Trouble with Nano Fabrics, etc. Read these articles to help you shift to a planet and people friendly closet.
As a styler who loves to collect my old clothes, many that I’ve had since my teens, this Patagonia video resonated with me. There’s nothing like a beautiful piece that I got or made years ago that still looks stellar, fits well and is made to last. (more…)
An important video on the toxic price of leather. As a vegan, I have not bought leather for a number of years for various reasons: animal abuse, harmful practices to people and planet. Watch, share and read… (more…)
NY Fashion Week 1995.
If I were 22 is a collective theme I was invited to write about on LinkedIn to share my experience and some advice with the class of 2014.
Congratulations to all the 2014 Graduates!
As college graduates enter the work force, they step into their professional lives with enthusiasm and a desire to make a mark in the (more…)
The Next Black documentary explores the future of the fashion industry. From 3D printed clothing by Studio XO, biocouture textiles grown with bacteria by Suzanne Lee to Patagonia’s commitment to sustainability, it gives us a glimpse into what innovators are developing for the future of fashion. Since the first time I saw 3D printing and fabrics made with bacteria cultures, I have been intrigued by their application. Though, I am skeptical about 3D printing because it is dependent on petrochemicals, and find fabrics made of a kombucha-based mixture inspiring, you can watch for yourself.
The first episode of the long awaited documentary “Thread” is here. Amber Valletta speaks with fashion pioneers, including Patagonia, where I was a senior designer from 2003-2008. It is clear why the first episode presents a company that has been at the forefront of the sustainable and socially ethical apparel industry since the early 90′s. The prime reason why I worked there; before embarking on my sustainable design work with Amazon artisans, while continuing to create high-quality handmade clothing. Watch this “Thread” episode and share it!
The beautiful original creations of the Awajun & Ashaninka artisans and ORG by vio designs were featured at Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Fall 2014-15 Paris Show via NGO Cool Earth. Jewelry available at www.orgbyvio.com – Supporting Amazon artisans, protecting the rainforest.
This Vivienne Westwood collection is inspired both by the Ashaninka and the Awajun people. It also features some of the designs created by designer Violeta Villacorta for ORG by vio, which works in partnership with Awajun artisans who have made the jewelry worn in Vivienne Westwood fashion show featured here. ORG by vio also sells the Cushma tunics – worn by Vivienne Westwood and her husband Andreas at the end – via partner organization Ecotribal, who directly works with the Ashaninka. We are delighted Vivienne Westwood has featured the Awajun & Ashaninka culture and wears!!
Thank you, for featuring the Amazon artisans’ work, Vivienne Westwood!
Retablo Alta Moda I & II – Illustrations made in the traditional way of the Yanesha people’s drawing technique for textiles and wood. Mixed Media: Black Ink made with Tree Bark dyes, painted with Tamshi stick on two-tone Higuerilla slabs from managed Amazon rainforest wood, with a touch of 22K Gold Leaf. Painted in the Yanesha community, Peruvian Amazon. At Arábica, Larcomar in Lima, Perú. See Illustrations. (more…)
Eco Fashion and her newest book Refashioned, invited me to join the Fashion Revolution campaign in support of the people who make our clothes and all fashion items. As a designer of sustainable clothing and fashion since 1993 and through my work with Amazon artisans, this is a movement that I stand behind 100%.
Started in the UK, it is growing into a global movement as more people want to know who makes their clothes, accessories, shoes and all fashion items… and more companies are adding ethical and sustainable practices into their ethos.
On April, 24th, 2014, the one year anniversary of one of the worst disasters in recent years in the apparel industry, fashion leaders, (more…)
The “Sun Vest” will be part of an exhibit called “Warmy Sonqo” in Ayacucho and other cities in Perú. I’ll be representing Cajamarca where my family is from. Love that! Warmy Sonqo means Woman’s Heart – Warmy=Woman, Sonqo=Heart in Quechua. I’ve always seen my work as sculptural, because of the textures and forms. It is an honor to be included in a sculpture show with other talented women and in my home country.
I take this time to support the Awajún artisans with whom I work in the Peruvian rainforest to reach a milestone to help themselves, their families and community. The AMARNO artisans are spearheading a project to install satellite internet to help their community’s sustainable future by creating an alternative to the sale of rainforest trees.
Please share with your family and friends and consider giving @ https://groundworkopportunities.org/champions/violetav68.
I also invite you to create your own Champion page to raise funds for this cause through your network @https://groundworkopportunities.org/ideas/provide-market-access-to-peruvian-artisans…Just click on the “Fundraise for this Idea” button.
100% of all tax-deductible donations will go directly to this cause.
I’ll be speaking on Sunday, October 20th, in Irvine on Sustainable Design and my work with indigenous Amazon artisans. My talk will also cover how we are all designers of our own lives and the choices we can make to lessen our negative impact on the planet.
I love upcycling. It is part of my work to repurpose old garments into new and better wearable art pieces. Making things from scratch with fine sustainable materials is beautiful. But there is something exciting about making “new” gorgeous clothing from old garments found in our closets or vintage finds. Adding new life to pieces that we hold dear, yet don’t wear anymore, is a great way to keep them away from landfills and give them a new life.
Watch this video of East London based upcycling designers Kerry Seager and Annika Sanders from Kirsten Dirksen and faircompanies.com, and get their book Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery to learn how you can upcycle your old treasures.
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.