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Artist, Educator, Empowerer, Plant Eater,
Nature Lover, Cookie Baker, Climate Change Activist
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Scrapbox Contestants - JoAnn Morrell

top: In Progress and Additions, above: Unboxing, below, Finished

For the last month there has been a Scrapbox Challenge taking place right here. 50 Contestants were selected at random from a GIANT pool of creative adventurers to turn a box of what most people would mistake for garbage into something of value. Could be anything from an art piece to a functional item. Each participant was sent a box of Crispina's textile studio scrap and was asked to document their process. Online voting begins on April 15 and up until then you can meet each contestant here and learn a little bit about them and their process.

Today, meet JoAnn Morrell, following are her answers to the questions posed and documenting images.

Here's JoAnn:

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

Had a clothing business for 20 years, all natural knits with what I called 'zen applique'.  Teach yoga.  Moved into music from my clothing business and started a band.  Now I do small shows several times/year, recycled wool hats and slippers and bags, appliqued recycled denim jackets.  Doing lots of hand sewing and visible mending, sashiko.

Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

we have a local clay studio that does all kinds of workshops.  a group of us started making wool slippers and hats from recycled sweaters about 7 years ago but I've been thrifting since college and am always doing something to the clothes I buy or using the fabrics for other projects.

How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020?

through Crispina's instagram feed


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

I was hoping to be given scraps in colors that I normally don't use and happily that is what I received.  Just to stretch out and participate in something.  There hasn't been as much sharing and community as I had hoped on the facebook page.


What are you two biggest struggles?

Going in too many directions and mediums at once.  Consistency.


Three things that bring you joy?

my granddaughters and family.  Music.  Creative projects.

How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?

Just keep up the good work and your mission of zero waste.  I have really been doing the same and thinks its a noble cause!

Scrapbox Contestants - JoAnn Morrell

top: In Progress and Additions, above: Unboxing, below, Finished

For the last month there has been a Scrapbox Challenge taking place right here. 50 Contestants were selected at random from a GIANT pool of creative adventurers to turn a box of what most people would mistake for garbage into something of value. Could be anything from an art piece to a functional item. Each participant was sent a box of Crispina's textile studio scrap and was asked to document their process. Online voting begins on April 15 and up until then you can meet each contestant here and learn a little bit about them and their process.

Today, meet JoAnn Morrell, following are her answers to the questions posed and documenting images.

Here's JoAnn:

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

Had a clothing business for 20 years, all natural knits with what I called 'zen applique'.  Teach yoga.  Moved into music from my clothing business and started a band.  Now I do small shows several times/year, recycled wool hats and slippers and bags, appliqued recycled denim jackets.  Doing lots of hand sewing and visible mending, sashiko.

Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

we have a local clay studio that does all kinds of workshops.  a group of us started making wool slippers and hats from recycled sweaters about 7 years ago but I've been thrifting since college and am always doing something to the clothes I buy or using the fabrics for other projects.

How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020?

through Crispina's instagram feed


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

I was hoping to be given scraps in colors that I normally don't use and happily that is what I received.  Just to stretch out and participate in something.  There hasn't been as much sharing and community as I had hoped on the facebook page.


What are you two biggest struggles?

Going in too many directions and mediums at once.  Consistency.


Three things that bring you joy?

my granddaughters and family.  Music.  Creative projects.

How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?

Just keep up the good work and your mission of zero waste.  I have really been doing the same and thinks its a noble cause!

Scrapbox Contestants - JoAnn Morrell

top: In Progress and Additions, above: Unboxing, below, Finished

For the last month there has been a Scrapbox Challenge taking place right here. 50 Contestants were selected at random from a GIANT pool of creative adventurers to turn a box of what most people would mistake for garbage into something of value. Could be anything from an art piece to a functional item. Each participant was sent a box of Crispina's textile studio scrap and was asked to document their process. Online voting begins on April 15 and up until then you can meet each contestant here and learn a little bit about them and their process.

Today, meet JoAnn Morrell, following are her answers to the questions posed and documenting images.

Here's JoAnn:

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

Had a clothing business for 20 years, all natural knits with what I called 'zen applique'.  Teach yoga.  Moved into music from my clothing business and started a band.  Now I do small shows several times/year, recycled wool hats and slippers and bags, appliqued recycled denim jackets.  Doing lots of hand sewing and visible mending, sashiko.

Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

we have a local clay studio that does all kinds of workshops.  a group of us started making wool slippers and hats from recycled sweaters about 7 years ago but I've been thrifting since college and am always doing something to the clothes I buy or using the fabrics for other projects.

How did you learn about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020?

through Crispina's instagram feed


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

I was hoping to be given scraps in colors that I normally don't use and happily that is what I received.  Just to stretch out and participate in something.  There hasn't been as much sharing and community as I had hoped on the facebook page.


What are you two biggest struggles?

Going in too many directions and mediums at once.  Consistency.


Three things that bring you joy?

my granddaughters and family.  Music.  Creative projects.

How can Crispina serve you as we venture forward in this uncertain time?

Just keep up the good work and your mission of zero waste.  I have really been doing the same and thinks its a noble cause!

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