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Scrapbox Challenge - Marsy Sumner

A couple times a day for the next week or so you will find features right here about the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling by joining me for Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

1. Tell our readers a little about you, and your history, your passion, your work.

Hi, I'm Marsy Sumner.  I'm a lifelong Massachusetts resident.  I have the most supportive husband, and one awesome daughter.  I've always loved textiles.  I obsessively did latch hook kits and bargello and macrame and embroidery as a kid.  During college I fell in with those bad influences - you know the ones who show you where the good fabric stores are, and how to sew medieval or Victorian clothing, and know all sorts of obscure skills like bobbin lace and hand dyeing.  I drifted away from the historical things eventually, as I realized that I preferred working with modern materials and bright colors. But I drift back to those pre-industrial ideas pretty often.  Nowadays, I entertain myself with a wide variety of crafts, mostly textile based - knitting, weaving, dyeing, but also drifting into collage, bookbinding, brush making and anything else that catches my eye.  I get a regular creative jolt from attendance at Squam Art Workshops each June, supplemented with other classes and workshops whenever I find something that piques my interest.  I also have the joy of being part of a group of makers who meet weekly to just hang out and work on whatever we want and encourage each other.

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.
It's not my first awareness, but I have recently been on a personal quest to use all of my treasured and saved items.  I have always collected fabric and yarn and beads and other shiny things, and I have been afraid to "use them up" or ruin them in a project.  I also have samples and experiments from years worth of workshops and classes that are just hanging around.  I've realized that if I never use the items, then they are just clutter and will probably end up being tossed out some day.  So I've been making various embroideries and mini-quilts where I use those special items.  (I then of course have to buy more, but it is usually from yard sales and estate sales where those items have already had a previous life being treasured and kept by someone else.)


3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.

I saw it on your blog, but my friend Claudia then gave me a nudge and so I decided to give it a try.  She is also one of the participants, although original plans to collaborate fell apart.  

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.

This has been a great way to lure my daughter into collaborating with me.  That had not been my original thought, but as we are home together it gave us something creative to do.  Plus, it's an excuse to give her some sewing lessons.
I am now worried that I didn't use all of the scraps, and so now I have the next generation of leftovers that I don't know what to do with!

5. What are you two biggest struggles?
Laziness.  I love making things, but it's so much easier to sit on the sofa with my cats.  
Focus - I want to do so many things that I can't pick just one, and my creative space is a jumble of materials and projects.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain
That first cup of coffee in the morning, that reassures me that I can deal with the world.
Walking along the beach always gives me a sense of calm and happiness.
My cats, especially when they pile on my lap and purr.


7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?
Keep making beautiful things and encouraging others to do the same.

Scrapbox Challenge - Marsy Sumner

A couple times a day for the next week or so you will find features right here about the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling by joining me for Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

1. Tell our readers a little about you, and your history, your passion, your work.

Hi, I'm Marsy Sumner.  I'm a lifelong Massachusetts resident.  I have the most supportive husband, and one awesome daughter.  I've always loved textiles.  I obsessively did latch hook kits and bargello and macrame and embroidery as a kid.  During college I fell in with those bad influences - you know the ones who show you where the good fabric stores are, and how to sew medieval or Victorian clothing, and know all sorts of obscure skills like bobbin lace and hand dyeing.  I drifted away from the historical things eventually, as I realized that I preferred working with modern materials and bright colors. But I drift back to those pre-industrial ideas pretty often.  Nowadays, I entertain myself with a wide variety of crafts, mostly textile based - knitting, weaving, dyeing, but also drifting into collage, bookbinding, brush making and anything else that catches my eye.  I get a regular creative jolt from attendance at Squam Art Workshops each June, supplemented with other classes and workshops whenever I find something that piques my interest.  I also have the joy of being part of a group of makers who meet weekly to just hang out and work on whatever we want and encourage each other.

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.
It's not my first awareness, but I have recently been on a personal quest to use all of my treasured and saved items.  I have always collected fabric and yarn and beads and other shiny things, and I have been afraid to "use them up" or ruin them in a project.  I also have samples and experiments from years worth of workshops and classes that are just hanging around.  I've realized that if I never use the items, then they are just clutter and will probably end up being tossed out some day.  So I've been making various embroideries and mini-quilts where I use those special items.  (I then of course have to buy more, but it is usually from yard sales and estate sales where those items have already had a previous life being treasured and kept by someone else.)


3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.

I saw it on your blog, but my friend Claudia then gave me a nudge and so I decided to give it a try.  She is also one of the participants, although original plans to collaborate fell apart.  

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.

This has been a great way to lure my daughter into collaborating with me.  That had not been my original thought, but as we are home together it gave us something creative to do.  Plus, it's an excuse to give her some sewing lessons.
I am now worried that I didn't use all of the scraps, and so now I have the next generation of leftovers that I don't know what to do with!

5. What are you two biggest struggles?
Laziness.  I love making things, but it's so much easier to sit on the sofa with my cats.  
Focus - I want to do so many things that I can't pick just one, and my creative space is a jumble of materials and projects.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain
That first cup of coffee in the morning, that reassures me that I can deal with the world.
Walking along the beach always gives me a sense of calm and happiness.
My cats, especially when they pile on my lap and purr.


7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?
Keep making beautiful things and encouraging others to do the same.

Scrapbox Challenge - Marsy Sumner

A couple times a day for the next week or so you will find features right here about the creative adventurers who jumped, with both feet into the wild world of textile recycling by joining me for Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.  This came about due to the overflowing scrap bins in my ‘zero-waste’ company and my lack of time and focus to use said material to develop new product.  

The call went out on March 1, 2020 and applications stayed open for a solid week.  The response was AMAZING!  Limited only by the volume of scrap in my studio, we chose 50 people at random from the pool, to participate in the challenge.

Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge is part recycling ingenuity, part creative high-jinx and part design competition. Online voting kicks off right here on Earthday. One GRAND PRIZE winner and three runners up will be chosen by voters. Bookmark this link and be sure to participate by voting!

1. Tell our readers a little about you, and your history, your passion, your work.

Hi, I'm Marsy Sumner.  I'm a lifelong Massachusetts resident.  I have the most supportive husband, and one awesome daughter.  I've always loved textiles.  I obsessively did latch hook kits and bargello and macrame and embroidery as a kid.  During college I fell in with those bad influences - you know the ones who show you where the good fabric stores are, and how to sew medieval or Victorian clothing, and know all sorts of obscure skills like bobbin lace and hand dyeing.  I drifted away from the historical things eventually, as I realized that I preferred working with modern materials and bright colors. But I drift back to those pre-industrial ideas pretty often.  Nowadays, I entertain myself with a wide variety of crafts, mostly textile based - knitting, weaving, dyeing, but also drifting into collage, bookbinding, brush making and anything else that catches my eye.  I get a regular creative jolt from attendance at Squam Art Workshops each June, supplemented with other classes and workshops whenever I find something that piques my interest.  I also have the joy of being part of a group of makers who meet weekly to just hang out and work on whatever we want and encourage each other.

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.
It's not my first awareness, but I have recently been on a personal quest to use all of my treasured and saved items.  I have always collected fabric and yarn and beads and other shiny things, and I have been afraid to "use them up" or ruin them in a project.  I also have samples and experiments from years worth of workshops and classes that are just hanging around.  I've realized that if I never use the items, then they are just clutter and will probably end up being tossed out some day.  So I've been making various embroideries and mini-quilts where I use those special items.  (I then of course have to buy more, but it is usually from yard sales and estate sales where those items have already had a previous life being treasured and kept by someone else.)


3. How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020.

I saw it on your blog, but my friend Claudia then gave me a nudge and so I decided to give it a try.  She is also one of the participants, although original plans to collaborate fell apart.  

4. What has participation in the challenge meant to you, and why.  Be honest.

This has been a great way to lure my daughter into collaborating with me.  That had not been my original thought, but as we are home together it gave us something creative to do.  Plus, it's an excuse to give her some sewing lessons.
I am now worried that I didn't use all of the scraps, and so now I have the next generation of leftovers that I don't know what to do with!

5. What are you two biggest struggles?
Laziness.  I love making things, but it's so much easier to sit on the sofa with my cats.  
Focus - I want to do so many things that I can't pick just one, and my creative space is a jumble of materials and projects.

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain
That first cup of coffee in the morning, that reassures me that I can deal with the world.
Walking along the beach always gives me a sense of calm and happiness.
My cats, especially when they pile on my lap and purr.


7. How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?
Keep making beautiful things and encouraging others to do the same.

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