Sibel Lagerdahl is one of the founding members of Shaboutique. She likes to create pieces that still have a function but also show signs of what it used to be before. She works mainly with textiles for costume and clothing, but also interiors like furniture, cushions and some lighting. Her own brand is Leftover which is available in Shaboutique.
What inspired you to start up-cycling?
“At the age of 17, I saw an exhibition in my hometown in Sweden. Möbelakrobaterna “The Furniture Acrobats” had made a whole flats interior entirely from upcycled materials. This was in 1995, many years before the word Upcycled made it in the dictionary. I knew from that day exactly what I wanted to do. My dad had a big shed with loads of bits of rusty junk, so that was my starting point.
What was your original career path?
“A few years later I went to university to do a Philosophy degree. Only to drop out and move to Brighton – where I had gone for a holiday but fell in love with it’s creative vibes.”
” I also did some work interpreting, translating, and working as a bilingual advocate. But decided that hands on creativity was more my sort of thing.”
Whats your passion?
“I hate waste and see the potential in everything that is being thrown away. In fact, there is no waste, only things in the wrong places. ”
“I grew up in both Sweden and Turkey, so I guess these completely different two cultures have shaped me, but I do feel more at home in Brighton. Its different from everywhere else in the UK. Nobody cares about what everybody else looks like or do. You can be whoever you want. And you can cycle everywhere!”
I had a vision of setting up a creative collective, where everybody took part in running it and where the profits went straight back to the makers.
A place where people can meet the makers and see things being made in house.
“I want Shaboutique to be a creative hub where waste is being transformed into beautiful desirable pieces.”
“I would love to see less consumerism and waste. Hard thing to do when you are running a shop. But I do believe that we inspire people to be less wasteful and more creative about re-use. ”
What do you do with your free time?
“Thinking about my next project! Ha ha!”
“I love cooking and experimenting with vegan food even tough Im not one. Raw desserts are my favoutites.”
“Oh, and dancing. Listening to awesome beats and dance my socks off!”