I am Crispina ffrench.
I'm Irish born Western Massachusetts raised recycled textile artist, screen printer, and educator with big dreams. Obsessed with: international thrift store shopping, seeking out vegan restaurants, nature, and adventuring with my family. I've been recycling creatively since before blue bins and making art since I could hold a crayon. Read on for the rest!
I'm new to this whole online cyber brand game and loving it! Here I am able to consolidate all my creative endeavors and serve my customers, students, and corporate clients. As an art student back in 1987 I made my first Ragamuffin (a super cute stuffed toy constructed by hand from recycled wool sweaters). From that moment on, people saw my work and wanted to buy it. So, without planning or business acumen Crispina (the business) unfolded and became my livelihood.
Ummmm. Sorry to sound boastful, but, I am super blessed!
My parents were amazing artists and founded The Dolphin Studio in 1970 as a side-hustle to their full-time gigs teaching art at the local high school (where I was a student). As kids, one of our household chores was to help print The Dolphin Studio calendar. It was never fun yet in 2010, after the passing of my dad (who was my best friend) my sister Sofia and I took over the family business. You can learn all about that here!
Most days you can find me, in my studio, in a renovated cathedral, in the heart of the Berkshire Hills of Western MA. My sweet hubby and I met when we were 3 and 5 years old. We have three kids (actually, 2 kids and an adult). We love our handmade home (where my man grew up) snuggled deep in the forest on a remote hilltop.
I should have known that the girl who bought thrift store sweaters, made stuffed toys from them, and sold them from her backpack at music festivals on weekends during college would become a recycling entrepreneur one day.
I'm probably sipping yerba mate, while searching out everyday awesome contributors for my blog, cutting a stencil for screen printing a custom wedding invitation, or dreaming up ways I can help others grow profitable, passionate, authentic and creative businesses that allow them to live more creatively and work less.
Ya wanna know what rocks my world? Making people feel empowered, whole and perfect just as they are. I strive to follow a path to a community of creatives who connect, share, and support each other 'cause sometimes it's great to have a shoulder to lean on, and and ear to bend or a place to share a great story or laugh. If I can be that person who allows you to find your awesome, my job is well done.
Wool/Cashmere blankets, sweaters, and accessories should be hand washed.
- Put the item/s you want to clean in a top loading washing machine and let the machine fill with warm water.
- Add the appropriate amount of laundry soap (whatever soap you normally use is fine).
- Turn the washing machine off before any agitation begins.
- Roll up yer sleeves and push all the fabric below the surface of the water gently and repeatedly.
- Turn the washing machine dial to the SPIN cycle. Close the top to let the water drain out and the spinning to commence.
- When the spinning has stopped, turn the dial to the RINSE cycle and let it fill again.
- Before agitation begins – turn the machine off and again push the fabric below the surface gently rinsing out the soap.
- Turn the dial to the SPIN cycle again and let that process happen.
- Once the spinning has stopped remove the items from the washer and lay them flat to dry.
- If you are drying a blanket it is fine to fold it and leave it on top of your washer/dryer. Refold it every 12 hours or so until it is completely dry.
- If you have a front-loading washing machine it is usually safe to wash wool/cashmere on a delicate or gentle cycle using warm water wash followed by a warm water rinse. Then lay your item/s flat to dry.
Picnic blankets, and cotton clothing/accessories are fine to machine wash on delicate cycle and machine dry.
Try to avoid Dry Cleaning as it uses all sorts of noxious chemicals and we certainly don’t want those next to your skin (or water table).
Thank you for your purchase!