Designer is at top of game

Natalia Pearce of 'Scavenger'
Natalia Pearce of 'Scavenger'
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Natalia Pearce has managed to turn the concept of ‘waste not, want not’ into a thriving business.

As part of her successful brand, called Scavenger, the Sheffield designer and artist has made use of retired climbing gear, recycling it to create a range of products – from handbags and mats to belts and dog leads.

And now an exhibition of her products will go on display next month at Cliffhanger, the UK’s largest outdoor event, which is being held at Millhouses Park.

Natalia, of Crookes, who has been a dedicated climber since her dad introduced her to climbing at Stanage Edge as a child, said: “Sheffield is often hailed as the climbing capital of the UK and, in this city alone, hundreds of metres of nylon rope is retired each month. I used to see huge bins of the stuff lying around.

“I’ve always loved making things and, as I have a degree in product design from Sheffield Hallam, it’s in my nature to play around with materials and see what I can come up with.”

Everything in her new exhibition, entitled Crag Swag, is created using donations from Sheffield climbers, local climbing centres and recycling bins, giving it a new lease of life and saving it from landfill.

As well as the items on display at Cliffhanger, Natalia, aged 28, will be hosting a series of workshops at the two-day event, demonstrating how some of her simpler products are made and allowing visitors to have a go themselves.

She also has an illustration range, called Inkling, which features greeting cards, mugs and limited edition prints, available from All Good Stuff in Arundel Street and Strip The Willow on Abbeydale Road.

Cliffhanger is on July 11 and 12.