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

Scrapbox Contestants - Rosemary Lombardo

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.

I have always had the passion for making things. My grandmother taught me to hand sew little pillows out of washcloths when I was 6. My dad gave me wood, a hammer and nails to see what I could do with them and I ended up making little slide in shelves for my closet when I was 10. Whether it was making things just for me, gifts, or to make something useful that wasn't available; I have always had the need to create and keep my hands busy. When I went to college, I studied art, specifically illustration and painting. Then I went on to study architecture. I loved detail and making things work that do not normally fit together.

Today, my creative outlet mostly consists of knitting and sewing and sketching. I started making handbags out of vintage upholstery fabrics and recycled saris. I have also spent quite a bit of time knitting bags to felt and clothing. There are so many alternative mediums I would like to work with and so many new processes to explore; sometimes I cannot decide which direction to go!


2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

I actually really became aware of textile recycling in the late 90’s when I was working in a wonderful clothing boutique in Buffalo, New York. One day, a mailer was delivered that caught my eye immediately. It was in the form of a cardboard cereal box that had been sewn around the edges to create an envelope. Inside were illustrated cards showing skirts and tops refashioned from recycled clothing. The mailer was from Crispina!

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

I learned of this challenge through an email Crispina sent out.

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

I didn’t really imagine I would end up being one of the lucky recipients of one of the mysterious scrap boxes! This was on the cusp of learning to function in a whole new way...left to figure out how to bring my work home, plus juggle daily life. I then became very nervous about being good enough to complete something worthwhile in this challenge and anxious about an additional deadline in my daily existence. Now I know participation in this challenge means “Freedom” to me. It was exactly what I needed right now.

5. What are you two biggest struggles?

-Not living in fear and letting that fear paralyze me.

- Focus: I need to learn to better focus on now and what is in front of me vs. starting too many projects at once and then having trouble completing what I start.


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

Please keep sharing your words of wisdom on life, being resourceful and kind to the earth. This has helped me to slow down and think more clearly about what is important in life!


On a side note: I feel that what I made from my scrap box needs a quick explanation.

I call this project the mantra/affirmation dice. It was inspired by my love of the magic eight ball and those funny, little, paper finger fortune teller thingies that we would make in junior high. Imagine your future being shaped by simple choices that open up answers to the future! I think as humans, we have an underlying need to know what the future holds. The mantra/affirmation dice may not give a glimpse into the future, but a roll, mantra and a simple phrase in the pocket can be quite gratifying. A little help to focus on positivity and clarity is something many of us need now...more than ever.

Scrapbox Contestants - Rosemary Lombardo

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.

I have always had the passion for making things. My grandmother taught me to hand sew little pillows out of washcloths when I was 6. My dad gave me wood, a hammer and nails to see what I could do with them and I ended up making little slide in shelves for my closet when I was 10. Whether it was making things just for me, gifts, or to make something useful that wasn't available; I have always had the need to create and keep my hands busy. When I went to college, I studied art, specifically illustration and painting. Then I went on to study architecture. I loved detail and making things work that do not normally fit together.

Today, my creative outlet mostly consists of knitting and sewing and sketching. I started making handbags out of vintage upholstery fabrics and recycled saris. I have also spent quite a bit of time knitting bags to felt and clothing. There are so many alternative mediums I would like to work with and so many new processes to explore; sometimes I cannot decide which direction to go!


2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

I actually really became aware of textile recycling in the late 90’s when I was working in a wonderful clothing boutique in Buffalo, New York. One day, a mailer was delivered that caught my eye immediately. It was in the form of a cardboard cereal box that had been sewn around the edges to create an envelope. Inside were illustrated cards showing skirts and tops refashioned from recycled clothing. The mailer was from Crispina!

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

I learned of this challenge through an email Crispina sent out.

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

I didn’t really imagine I would end up being one of the lucky recipients of one of the mysterious scrap boxes! This was on the cusp of learning to function in a whole new way...left to figure out how to bring my work home, plus juggle daily life. I then became very nervous about being good enough to complete something worthwhile in this challenge and anxious about an additional deadline in my daily existence. Now I know participation in this challenge means “Freedom” to me. It was exactly what I needed right now.

5. What are you two biggest struggles?

-Not living in fear and letting that fear paralyze me.

- Focus: I need to learn to better focus on now and what is in front of me vs. starting too many projects at once and then having trouble completing what I start.


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

Please keep sharing your words of wisdom on life, being resourceful and kind to the earth. This has helped me to slow down and think more clearly about what is important in life!


On a side note: I feel that what I made from my scrap box needs a quick explanation.

I call this project the mantra/affirmation dice. It was inspired by my love of the magic eight ball and those funny, little, paper finger fortune teller thingies that we would make in junior high. Imagine your future being shaped by simple choices that open up answers to the future! I think as humans, we have an underlying need to know what the future holds. The mantra/affirmation dice may not give a glimpse into the future, but a roll, mantra and a simple phrase in the pocket can be quite gratifying. A little help to focus on positivity and clarity is something many of us need now...more than ever.

Scrapbox Contestants - Rosemary Lombardo

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.

I have always had the passion for making things. My grandmother taught me to hand sew little pillows out of washcloths when I was 6. My dad gave me wood, a hammer and nails to see what I could do with them and I ended up making little slide in shelves for my closet when I was 10. Whether it was making things just for me, gifts, or to make something useful that wasn't available; I have always had the need to create and keep my hands busy. When I went to college, I studied art, specifically illustration and painting. Then I went on to study architecture. I loved detail and making things work that do not normally fit together.

Today, my creative outlet mostly consists of knitting and sewing and sketching. I started making handbags out of vintage upholstery fabrics and recycled saris. I have also spent quite a bit of time knitting bags to felt and clothing. There are so many alternative mediums I would like to work with and so many new processes to explore; sometimes I cannot decide which direction to go!


2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.

I actually really became aware of textile recycling in the late 90’s when I was working in a wonderful clothing boutique in Buffalo, New York. One day, a mailer was delivered that caught my eye immediately. It was in the form of a cardboard cereal box that had been sewn around the edges to create an envelope. Inside were illustrated cards showing skirts and tops refashioned from recycled clothing. The mailer was from Crispina!

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

I learned of this challenge through an email Crispina sent out.

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

I didn’t really imagine I would end up being one of the lucky recipients of one of the mysterious scrap boxes! This was on the cusp of learning to function in a whole new way...left to figure out how to bring my work home, plus juggle daily life. I then became very nervous about being good enough to complete something worthwhile in this challenge and anxious about an additional deadline in my daily existence. Now I know participation in this challenge means “Freedom” to me. It was exactly what I needed right now.

5. What are you two biggest struggles?

-Not living in fear and letting that fear paralyze me.

- Focus: I need to learn to better focus on now and what is in front of me vs. starting too many projects at once and then having trouble completing what I start.


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

Please keep sharing your words of wisdom on life, being resourceful and kind to the earth. This has helped me to slow down and think more clearly about what is important in life!


On a side note: I feel that what I made from my scrap box needs a quick explanation.

I call this project the mantra/affirmation dice. It was inspired by my love of the magic eight ball and those funny, little, paper finger fortune teller thingies that we would make in junior high. Imagine your future being shaped by simple choices that open up answers to the future! I think as humans, we have an underlying need to know what the future holds. The mantra/affirmation dice may not give a glimpse into the future, but a roll, mantra and a simple phrase in the pocket can be quite gratifying. A little help to focus on positivity and clarity is something many of us need now...more than ever.

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