Ever since I stopped running a production company, I have had several tons (really, probably 4 tons (8000 pounds)) of used wool sweaters on hand. These were originally purchased for production and have been stored since May 2008 when Crispina dba Fuchsia, Inc. closed up shop. My self inflicted task - was to use all the leftover material for highly value-added products/production. It would not work for me to throw any of the mass away - even donating it to The Salvation Army or Goodwill seemed defeating. (Admittedly, a 12 step program for recyclers is in order here ~). I have slowly been working my way through the PILE, making and selling my own work, teaching workshops, and selling raw material to students and local makers. This small demand was really not denting the VOLUME of used clothing in my life! That was the case, until March, when I got a call from Melanie and Tiffany of Look At Me Designs. They were interested in buying the rest of my sweater MOUNTAIN for their production. I was so excited to clear out the sweaters out I surprised myself! The bales of sweaters are gone. My space is clearing making room for new studio tenants, and you will see significant changes in my work and product offerings. No more room-sized rugs in all one color. No more 'monochromatic' blankets made from 100 shades of the same hue in beautifully textured recycled wool with cables, pockets and the occasional button. Ragamuffins live on as do blankets, and rugs - but just differently.
I am recycling sweatshirts and t-shirts and LOVING it! There are sundresses, richly appliqued tops, sweatshirts, bags, aprons. The line ranges in price from $9-$500. Come see it all at Twist this weekend. Here are the deets:
Location Northampton Center for the Arts 17 New South Street Northampton, MA USA
Twist 6 Show Dates
Friday May 6, 2011 VIP Reception 4:00pm - 6:00pm Gen Admission 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday May 7, 2011 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Admission Adults $4.00 Kids (6-12) $2.00 5 and under FREE
VIP Reception $15.00