Whilst running her eco interiors advice and workshop studio Eco Chic Interiors, sustainable interiors advocate Chris Billinghurst discovered a hidden movement of artisans creating unique items for interiors in a planet-positive way. She unearthed a wealth of talent and incredible items being made by creative reuse artists who weren't part of a professional artisanal group, who often felt isolated with no support or united voice or clear understanding of the aesthetic, economic and environmental benefits of their work. In September 2014 Chris launched #UpcycledHour on Twitter, a networking hour to support and promote this new art & crafts movement for the 21st century which over the next four years became a social media sensation. #Upcycled Hour evolved to become the UK and Ireland's leading authority on professional upcycling for interiors and in 2019, rebranded to become the House of Upcycling.
The House of Upcycling continues to elevate the status and standards of professional upcycling and bringing the craft to the attention of the media, the general public and the world of interiors.
First #UpcycledHour social event: Newark Nottinghamshire
#UpcycledHour Live Brighton I | Membership created
#UpcycledHour Live Brighton II
Stand hosting and upcycling demonstrations at the Handmade Fair | Stage appearances at Grand Designs ExCeL & NEC | Judge (ChrisB) at The London Upcycling Show E.London
#UpcycledHour closes and organisation rebrands | Stand hosting at House & Garden Festival Olympia and Grand Designs Live NEC | Course contribution for KLC School of Design | Industry Partner of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)
Product Partner: Design Havens for Heroes
Contributing Partner: De Montford University International Upcycling Symposium
Member tv experts: BBC's Saved & Remade and Money for Nothing and Channel 4's Mend It For Money
Contributing Author: De Montford University International Upcycling Symposium Publication
Contributing Author: BIID Sustainability Specification
Community Member: Interior Design Declares
Member: Decorex The Edit
Member of the De Montford University International Upcycling Research Network