Bespoke knitwear designs for active lives
CultureCycle is a bespoke design label created to provide products and services for an active life. All products are designed and handmade in Australia by Angelina Russo. I have spent the last six years developing innovative ranges of knitwear specifically for cycling. These include active knitwear and design workshops.
My focus has been on stylish, well designed and constructed knitwear that looks good on and off the bike. I spent two years perfecting the inclusion of highly reflective yarns into the cycling products. This ensures that those items not only look good but keep you visible on the streets.
Now, CultureCycle is branching out to include bespoke knitwear for other activities including yoga, the gym and running. Additionally, AI have been developing hand-cranked socks in my never-ending endeavour to keep people active! After all, active transport (walking, working, running, cycling etc) requires good footwear so, hand-cranked socks it is! You can read about how the socks are made here. The new bespoke active knitwear ranges will be launched progressively throughout 2018, starting with active yogawear.
Bespoke active knitwear and accessories: machine knit products for cycling, the gym, yoga or other physical activities. These designs are made predominately from natural yarns including merino, bamboo, alpaca and cotton. All designs are tested thoroughly prior to being made available for sale. Yarns are chosen for their ability to be hand-washed or machine-washed easily. The process of making is often described and linked to the product as a blog post.
MAKE BREAK - WORKPLACE
MAKE BREAK is a trial to gather information for the establishment of research-based explorations into the value of ‘making’ in the work environment. It is run in partnership with Exertion Games Lab, RMIT University Melbourne. Angelina Russo is researching the ways in which traditional and future digital maker skills create possibilities for innovative new networks of support in the work environment. Exertion Games Lab researches the connections between the body and play.
- Could the ways in which we use our time in the workplace be reconsidered?
- Would learning future skills in the workplace benefit our well-being?
- What benefits come from connecting with others who share our creative interests in the workplace?
CYCLESPACE Together with Dr Steven Fleming, author of CycleSpace, we run workshops on urban development; demonstrating how cycling can be central to the development and redevelopment of cities. You can read more about our most recent workshops here.
You can read about our manufacturing and shipping policies here.
Have a look at the current ranges and email firstname.lastname@example.org
A bit about Angelina
I grew up in an Italian household where I was taught to machine knit, sew, cross-stitch and crochet. I spent most of my childhood making garments and her mother, a tailor, taught me traditional Italian pattern-making. I studied and practised as a designer for many years and continue to design all the products for this brand. CultureCycle is my second hand-made business after the CasaCocoLoco brand that I developed with my sisters many years ago.
I am now an academic and as a result, have been working on ways to successfully run a business while working full time. So far, so good, CultureCycle is now going into it's 7th year!
I love bikes, particularly my beloved folding bikes. Over the past four years I have fused traditional skills with my joy of cycling to create and produce products and services through the CultureCycle brand. As an invited member of the National Australian Cyclists Party (not very active though) I continue to advocate for better cycling conditions both on and off the road.
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Here is what some other people have said about CultureCycle
Bike Love Podcast 19 September 2011 - Crochet and Bikes
A *very* cute bike fashion find - 5/12/11 Sarah Wilson Bike Love
Daily Addict 3 August 2011 Culture Cycle Touring. Design goes round and round
BehoovingMoving 27 July 2011 CultureCycle Crochet
Sarah Wilson 7 August 2011 the "ikea effect" and the up and up of crochet
Electric Sheep Podcast Episode 80. 24 July 2011 Knit Nation
Lenny Ann Low. Sydney Morning Herald 1 Oct 2011 Skills and Thrills
Jenny Ringland, Daily Telegraph, 8 Oct 2011 Life in the Slow Lane,