Down a cobbled street in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town is Abi's home and studio, where the beautiful Soul Design Jewellery is based. Every room is filled with things she's collected as she's travelled around and collaborated with different artisans. Soul wanted a short film for their website telling their story. A story about travelling, collaborating and collecting, but also one about home.
For this film we wanted to capture the thoughtful yet frivolous drawings of Isla's colourful characters. Her drawings and paintings take inspiration from modern life and all the troubles that come with it, but they always see the humourous and fun side of things. With her love for the creatures and critters we share this planet with, she often contributes to conservation charities and is always mindful in her process, using recycled papers and compostible bags!
African Bat Conservation conducts applied research, conservation and education to bring bats to the conservation agenda and help conserve bat populations in Africa. Mostly we hear stories about human wildlife conflict, but just outside Lilongwe these bats are helping to create an excellent banana harvest. Filming in a banana field in the dark was interesting and seeing these unique critters up close was amazing!
Not only does Flora's knitwear combine beautiful colours, make you look snazzy and feel super soft, her business considers sustainability and the environment at every step, as well as valuing the people and skills that are part of it. The time it takes to create (seven different processes for each scarf) the attention to detail and the way her pieces transcend seasonal trends, mean that you will have something that you will treasure for many many years.
"This #FathersDay weekend, I’m celebrating dads around the world who are doing everything they can to give their children the opportunities they deserve. Eric Mlambo is the founder of the @FootprintsFoundation_SA, an organization in South Africa supported by the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance that is dedicated to adolescent girls' education and health. To celebrate Father's Day, Eric wrote a letter to his daughter to share how she inspires his work for all girls." - Michelle Obama
Kazi Goods connects weavers in Rwanda, Uganda and Ghana who create beautiful baskets and other homewares with the global market so they can improve their income and lives. Kazi wanted to show some of the improvements the weavers had been making in their day to day lives. Such as Speciose, she's paid for health insurance, clothes, food and improved her house. She received training on savings with KAZI and after she started to save set her sights on buying a motorcycle that she can use for a small transportation business.
Overlooking the Dornoch Firth and steeped in history stands Embo House. For this film Ginny spoke about how she wanted to show how Embo was the perfect place to explore the Scottish Highland's and be adventurous, but also a place to curl up on the sofa with a book. Dornoch also holds a lot of memories for Ginny and her family, so we also wanted to show how Embo House is the perfect place to spend time with you favourite people.
Ajiri creates employment opportunities and supports orphan education through sales of their award winning tea and coffee. Kate wanted to create a video that would clearly convey Ajiri's vision and message as their brand had a number of different aspects to it. As well as providing orphan education, they also create employment through their beautiful packaging which is handmade from dried banana leaves.
A big part of Kusini Safari's is the belief that responsible tourism can be part of the solution in solving problems of wildlife conservation and improving economic and social development. They also believe in having a lot of fun. Paul wanted to create a video that showed the unexpected and fun moments, that happen on his safaris, whether it's a gigantic herd of buffalo crossing your path or a quick waltz at the sundowner spot by the river.
Baabuk source the wool for their sneakers from Portugal, where the sheep are certified mulesing-free and live in Serra da Estrela National Park, the largest protected area in the country. Baabuk chose Portugal’s historic Burel Factory to process the wool because of its commitment to the community of the area and its long wool making tradition.
The Mushroom Farm in northern Malawi is a permaculture eco-lodge, campsite and social enterprise. We met with Bishop and Joshua to chat more about the lodge, ate delicious vegetarian food, had a cliff side shower with epic views of the Livingstonia escarpment and took a stroll to Manchewe Falls. Mushroom Farm also supports the local nursery, runs adult literacy classes and have just started a very cool jewelry making project.
For this film we wanted to capture the natural materials used in the creation of the Coral and Hive rugs, the lovely people who make them and the hand woven and skillful process that goes into each piece.
The Climate Challenge Programme Malawi is a Scottish Government initiative helping rural communities in Malawi find innovative solutions to problems caused by climate change. Working through local partner organisations, the programme started with a series of workshops in rural communities in southern Malawi, to learn about the problems they face and what would help them to improve their access to food, water and energy.
Pollination Project give small grants every single day to social change-makers all over the world. We visited one of their partners in Nairobi, the very inspirational David Mulo who started the sport for development organization Green Kenya. David and his team work towards creating opportunities and building resilience in young people who live in challenging environments.
A journey through a beautiful corner of the UK’s largest National Park, the Cairngorms. Passing pristine Caledonian Pine Forest, moorland, Lochnagar and Loch Muick. Whilst learning about the history of Balmoral Castle and the conservation management that takes place in order to preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this area.
Amaranthine is an Edinburgh based Scottish skincare brand run by Sarah Rueger. Her handmade natural products include organic cleansing balms, natural clay masks and facial oils. Sustainability and being eco-conscious are really important to Amaranthine, especially when it comes to sourcing ingredients and Amaranthine was the first skincare brand to be certified as palm oil free.
The Nigerian Creative Enterprise Support Programme is an initiative by the British Council which focuses on the development of talent and innovation within the Fashion industry. The aim of this tour was to provide a platform to expand networks, exchange knowledge and explore opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with their UK counterparts.