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Scrapbox Contestants - Karen Gibbs

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.

My name is Karen Gibbs and I love textiles.  My passion for fabrics drew me into a career of working with artisan communities around the world, both those making textiles as well as other materials and techniques.  Over the past 25 years I have had the great honor of working with artisan communities and entrepreneurs in more than 80 countries around the world and helping them find markets for their products.  My work has focused on business coaching and marketing however my personal interest in textiles and for making things has continued.  My mom gifted me a sewing machine when I graduated from college and while my sewing projects have always stayed pretty simple they always give me joy.  I live in Boulder, Colorado and have two amazing children.  My husband works in the renewable energy field and we strive to live our lives with greatest respect for and responsibility for our planet and natural resources.  

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

I think I first became aware of textile recycling through my aunt.  She was a fashion designer and worked extensively in India.  She gifted me many items from her travel in India - things that were made from recycled sari pieces.  My real knowledge textile recycling started when I met Crispina through the NY gift show and the handmade wholesale community - in the mid 1990’s.

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

I saw it posted on Crispina’s instagram.


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

So many things — it gave me a focus and motivation to make something new and use materials differently than I have before;  it connected me to a group of creative and inspiring people through FaceBook (I don’t spend much time on FB in general);  it reminded me of the possibilities that lie in the materials I have at home already.  


5. What are you two biggest struggles?



6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain

#1.  Spending time with my children

#2.  Beautiful, handmade objects

#3.  Being outside, in nature, hiking or walking, especially if it is near the coast or at the beach


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

Contining to inspire creativity through your community.

Scrapbox Contestants - Karen Gibbs

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.

My name is Karen Gibbs and I love textiles.  My passion for fabrics drew me into a career of working with artisan communities around the world, both those making textiles as well as other materials and techniques.  Over the past 25 years I have had the great honor of working with artisan communities and entrepreneurs in more than 80 countries around the world and helping them find markets for their products.  My work has focused on business coaching and marketing however my personal interest in textiles and for making things has continued.  My mom gifted me a sewing machine when I graduated from college and while my sewing projects have always stayed pretty simple they always give me joy.  I live in Boulder, Colorado and have two amazing children.  My husband works in the renewable energy field and we strive to live our lives with greatest respect for and responsibility for our planet and natural resources.  

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

I think I first became aware of textile recycling through my aunt.  She was a fashion designer and worked extensively in India.  She gifted me many items from her travel in India - things that were made from recycled sari pieces.  My real knowledge textile recycling started when I met Crispina through the NY gift show and the handmade wholesale community - in the mid 1990’s.

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

I saw it posted on Crispina’s instagram.


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

So many things — it gave me a focus and motivation to make something new and use materials differently than I have before;  it connected me to a group of creative and inspiring people through FaceBook (I don’t spend much time on FB in general);  it reminded me of the possibilities that lie in the materials I have at home already.  


5. What are you two biggest struggles?



6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain

#1.  Spending time with my children

#2.  Beautiful, handmade objects

#3.  Being outside, in nature, hiking or walking, especially if it is near the coast or at the beach


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

Contining to inspire creativity through your community.

Scrapbox Contestants - Karen Gibbs

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.

My name is Karen Gibbs and I love textiles.  My passion for fabrics drew me into a career of working with artisan communities around the world, both those making textiles as well as other materials and techniques.  Over the past 25 years I have had the great honor of working with artisan communities and entrepreneurs in more than 80 countries around the world and helping them find markets for their products.  My work has focused on business coaching and marketing however my personal interest in textiles and for making things has continued.  My mom gifted me a sewing machine when I graduated from college and while my sewing projects have always stayed pretty simple they always give me joy.  I live in Boulder, Colorado and have two amazing children.  My husband works in the renewable energy field and we strive to live our lives with greatest respect for and responsibility for our planet and natural resources.  

2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

I think I first became aware of textile recycling through my aunt.  She was a fashion designer and worked extensively in India.  She gifted me many items from her travel in India - things that were made from recycled sari pieces.  My real knowledge textile recycling started when I met Crispina through the NY gift show and the handmade wholesale community - in the mid 1990’s.

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

I saw it posted on Crispina’s instagram.


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

So many things — it gave me a focus and motivation to make something new and use materials differently than I have before;  it connected me to a group of creative and inspiring people through FaceBook (I don’t spend much time on FB in general);  it reminded me of the possibilities that lie in the materials I have at home already.  


5. What are you two biggest struggles?



6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain

#1.  Spending time with my children

#2.  Beautiful, handmade objects

#3.  Being outside, in nature, hiking or walking, especially if it is near the coast or at the beach


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

Contining to inspire creativity through your community.

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