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Hey Welcome! I’m Crispina ffrench
Artist, Educator, Empowerer, Plant Eater,
Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
I’m glad you are here, Now let’s make shift happen.

06.08.2020 Journal

This time of year I encourage you to get outside as much as possible.  With the right gear you can find joy in any weather.  Witness our natural environs first hand and get your mind blown.  My picnic blankets are designed for use in most any outdoor setting.  Beach, Festival, or Porch Swing.  Each of these blankets is made up of pieces cut from mostly men’s discarded jeans.  Some of them are made in colorful tones but most of these blankets are constructed from denim workwear.  Paint splatters, grass stains and worn areas add to the story from the original wearers.

A few years ago I had the good fortune to see the Gees Bend Quilts at a show in the Whitney Museum in New York City.  Talk about mind blown!  The perfectly imperfect work of the descendants of slaves in Alabama left me with a deep sense of connection based on the distinctly shared aesthetic of our work.  The historical quilts hanging on those gallery walls in that pristine place with all the affluent urban sophisticated oohs and ahhs was an interesting trajectory for the work that was initially sewn purely for function. Their use of worn-out clothing told stories and left an indelible imprint in my memory.  My absolute favorite was a quilt made of jeans in a very similar way to the way I construct my picnic blankets.  I could see the worn areas, the thighs they covered, muscles they protected and work those legs performed.  

My picnic blankets tell a story too – maybe not in quite the same way.  The wearers are generally unknown to me and I choose fabrics for their stories rather than pure function.

Each of my single layered, all recycled cotton picnic blankets is a collage of sorts that brings 15 pieces of fabric together into one functional durable and narrative blanket. One of my favorite daydreams as I am in the flow of my making process is to imagine the meeting of all the people who have contributed in some way to my work. I bet, if you are playing your cards right you can add to the story with the adventures you will have while using one.  

They are one of a kind and small batch made by me in my western Massachusetts woodland studio. The batch for summer 2020 is just coming together.  The first 4 are listed in my Etsy shop and will be posted in my website shop in the next few days. A few more in the works but this year, getting material is a little bit more difficult and risky than it has been in the past.  If you have ripped, stained or torn 100% cotton denim jeans looking for a second life, send them my way.  I’ll send you a coupon for a small discount or free shipping.

#recycledjeans #handmadeisbetter #tellyourstory #creativerecycling #usewhatyougot #makewhatyouneed #usedclothingalchemy #picnicblanket #beachblanket #getoutside #summerfun #freshair #madeformore #goaldigger #eco #ecoliving #green #greenlifestyle #ecoentrepreneur #ecoinfluencer #environmentalstewardship #bethechange #Crispinaffrench #shopsmall #knowyourimpact #teachbyexample #yourchoicesmatter #madebyCrispinaffrench

06.08.2020 Journal

This time of year I encourage you to get outside as much as possible.  With the right gear you can find joy in any weather.  Witness our natural environs first hand and get your mind blown.  My picnic blankets are designed for use in most any outdoor setting.  Beach, Festival, or Porch Swing.  Each of these blankets is made up of pieces cut from mostly men’s discarded jeans.  Some of them are made in colorful tones but most of these blankets are constructed from denim workwear.  Paint splatters, grass stains and worn areas add to the story from the original wearers.

A few years ago I had the good fortune to see the Gees Bend Quilts at a show in the Whitney Museum in New York City.  Talk about mind blown!  The perfectly imperfect work of the descendants of slaves in Alabama left me with a deep sense of connection based on the distinctly shared aesthetic of our work.  The historical quilts hanging on those gallery walls in that pristine place with all the affluent urban sophisticated oohs and ahhs was an interesting trajectory for the work that was initially sewn purely for function. Their use of worn-out clothing told stories and left an indelible imprint in my memory.  My absolute favorite was a quilt made of jeans in a very similar way to the way I construct my picnic blankets.  I could see the worn areas, the thighs they covered, muscles they protected and work those legs performed.  

My picnic blankets tell a story too – maybe not in quite the same way.  The wearers are generally unknown to me and I choose fabrics for their stories rather than pure function.

Each of my single layered, all recycled cotton picnic blankets is a collage of sorts that brings 15 pieces of fabric together into one functional durable and narrative blanket. One of my favorite daydreams as I am in the flow of my making process is to imagine the meeting of all the people who have contributed in some way to my work. I bet, if you are playing your cards right you can add to the story with the adventures you will have while using one.  

They are one of a kind and small batch made by me in my western Massachusetts woodland studio. The batch for summer 2020 is just coming together.  The first 4 are listed in my Etsy shop and will be posted in my website shop in the next few days. A few more in the works but this year, getting material is a little bit more difficult and risky than it has been in the past.  If you have ripped, stained or torn 100% cotton denim jeans looking for a second life, send them my way.  I’ll send you a coupon for a small discount or free shipping.

#recycledjeans #handmadeisbetter #tellyourstory #creativerecycling #usewhatyougot #makewhatyouneed #usedclothingalchemy #picnicblanket #beachblanket #getoutside #summerfun #freshair #madeformore #goaldigger #eco #ecoliving #green #greenlifestyle #ecoentrepreneur #ecoinfluencer #environmentalstewardship #bethechange #Crispinaffrench #shopsmall #knowyourimpact #teachbyexample #yourchoicesmatter #madebyCrispinaffrench

06.08.2020 Journal

This time of year I encourage you to get outside as much as possible.  With the right gear you can find joy in any weather.  Witness our natural environs first hand and get your mind blown.  My picnic blankets are designed for use in most any outdoor setting.  Beach, Festival, or Porch Swing.  Each of these blankets is made up of pieces cut from mostly men’s discarded jeans.  Some of them are made in colorful tones but most of these blankets are constructed from denim workwear.  Paint splatters, grass stains and worn areas add to the story from the original wearers.

A few years ago I had the good fortune to see the Gees Bend Quilts at a show in the Whitney Museum in New York City.  Talk about mind blown!  The perfectly imperfect work of the descendants of slaves in Alabama left me with a deep sense of connection based on the distinctly shared aesthetic of our work.  The historical quilts hanging on those gallery walls in that pristine place with all the affluent urban sophisticated oohs and ahhs was an interesting trajectory for the work that was initially sewn purely for function. Their use of worn-out clothing told stories and left an indelible imprint in my memory.  My absolute favorite was a quilt made of jeans in a very similar way to the way I construct my picnic blankets.  I could see the worn areas, the thighs they covered, muscles they protected and work those legs performed.  

My picnic blankets tell a story too – maybe not in quite the same way.  The wearers are generally unknown to me and I choose fabrics for their stories rather than pure function.

Each of my single layered, all recycled cotton picnic blankets is a collage of sorts that brings 15 pieces of fabric together into one functional durable and narrative blanket. One of my favorite daydreams as I am in the flow of my making process is to imagine the meeting of all the people who have contributed in some way to my work. I bet, if you are playing your cards right you can add to the story with the adventures you will have while using one.  

They are one of a kind and small batch made by me in my western Massachusetts woodland studio. The batch for summer 2020 is just coming together.  The first 4 are listed in my Etsy shop and will be posted in my website shop in the next few days. A few more in the works but this year, getting material is a little bit more difficult and risky than it has been in the past.  If you have ripped, stained or torn 100% cotton denim jeans looking for a second life, send them my way.  I’ll send you a coupon for a small discount or free shipping.

#recycledjeans #handmadeisbetter #tellyourstory #creativerecycling #usewhatyougot #makewhatyouneed #usedclothingalchemy #picnicblanket #beachblanket #getoutside #summerfun #freshair #madeformore #goaldigger #eco #ecoliving #green #greenlifestyle #ecoentrepreneur #ecoinfluencer #environmentalstewardship #bethechange #Crispinaffrench #shopsmall #knowyourimpact #teachbyexample #yourchoicesmatter #madebyCrispinaffrench

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