Crispina ffrench is a environmental textile artist working with used clothing to create home furnishings, clothing, and accessories. She began her career while a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1987 before recycling was a household word. Since then, her work has been featured in high-end retail establishments from Fiorucci, Anthropologie, and Sundance to ABC Carpet and Home. Publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, Country Living, Martha Stuart Living, Elle Décor and The New Yorker have featured her work. Crispina ran a recycling manufacturing company from 1989 until 2008. In 2009 her first teaching book, The Sweater Chop Shop was published by Storey Publishing.
Crispina has two young daughters and a grown son. She divides her time between hanging out with her kids, teaching, and making. She also runs a second generation hand screen printing business called The Dolphin Studio with her sister Sofia.
Crispina’s teaching schedule can be found by clicking EVENTS.
She is motivational and empowering, available for speaking engagements, seminars and workshops.
Crispina currently lives and works in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts where she and her husband founded a Makerspace called Shire City Sanctuary located in the heart of Pittsfield, MA. Studio time is divided between her home in the woods and the sewing room at Shire City Sanctuary.