MENU
-------------
-------------
-------------
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.

Scrapbox Contestants - Wanda Huff

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!

Here is my entry...it is called...

“When cooped up (due to Covid 19) put love in your nest!”


They are chicken hand puppets.....The chickens  all have little pockets where they have a love note...something that I believe we should all have in our own little pockets..you know ...like that little pocket in blue jeans...because I believe that sometimes in life we need to have a love letter already written so that we can hand it to a special person before that special moment gets away...and some days we need to have that love letter there so that we can pull it out and read it to ourselves...we all need love...... especially during these trying times...


Please answer as many of these questions as you would like.  Feel free to add anything important to you that was left out.

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


I grew up on a small farm in rural Maine surrounded by talented women who instilled the love of creating with your hands.....carving wood, sewing, quilting, rug hooking, knitting, spinning, weaving, and more...being of modest means, we rarely had the appropriate resources available so recycling was the obvious choice....woolen pants turned into hooked rugs, old cedar telephone poles turned into marionettes, old clothes were the starting point of quilts, etc, etc..... the one thing that they all contained was the love and joy of the maker.


2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.


I started to utilize sweaters for textile recycling many years ago after reading about CRISPINA.  I saved money to take a class on making raggamuffins with her....but unfortunately there were not enough participants for the class to happen.  She had just written her book which I purchased and then decided to drive to her studio and instead of getting a refund for the class I asked for my refund to be in sweaters!!  That was the beginning of my textile recycling in earnest!

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


I follow CRISPINA as a mentor and heard about the challenge online.

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


This has been wonderful ..... and tough....all mixed in together...... I work in a clinic in a small town in Vermont and with the Covid 19 pandemic upon us  I have spent my days with patients helping them to cope with a variety of medical problems all the while with the virus hovering overhead...I love the patients and the people in this tiny town...they are family to me......we share joys, sorrows, laughter and so much more.... so to feel the fear that has gripped so many simply breaks my heart....


The challenge gave my mind a place to go to that was filled with color and creativity ...... but most days I was too tired to cut or sew or create.....but the love of creating was always there and on the weekends I would rally and start that fiber flying!!!!


I am thankful and grateful to have been selected to participate in this endeavor .... it truly was a way to rejuvenate the creative spirit within during such a difficult time.

5. What are your two biggest struggles?


Time and exhaustion— mental and physical

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain


  1. Creating things that bring smiles and laughter to people!
  2. Color—- especially my favorite color which is polka dots!!! ( in any color or shade!)
  3. My nieces twin red headed girls —- they are just simply what fills my heart with love and joy and laughter!

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


CRISPINA has always been a mentoring force in both textile recycling...and in life.....I think she simply needs to be herself and that is an ongoing inspiration!

Scrapbox Contestants - Wanda Huff

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!

Here is my entry...it is called...

“When cooped up (due to Covid 19) put love in your nest!”


They are chicken hand puppets.....The chickens  all have little pockets where they have a love note...something that I believe we should all have in our own little pockets..you know ...like that little pocket in blue jeans...because I believe that sometimes in life we need to have a love letter already written so that we can hand it to a special person before that special moment gets away...and some days we need to have that love letter there so that we can pull it out and read it to ourselves...we all need love...... especially during these trying times...


Please answer as many of these questions as you would like.  Feel free to add anything important to you that was left out.

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


I grew up on a small farm in rural Maine surrounded by talented women who instilled the love of creating with your hands.....carving wood, sewing, quilting, rug hooking, knitting, spinning, weaving, and more...being of modest means, we rarely had the appropriate resources available so recycling was the obvious choice....woolen pants turned into hooked rugs, old cedar telephone poles turned into marionettes, old clothes were the starting point of quilts, etc, etc..... the one thing that they all contained was the love and joy of the maker.


2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.


I started to utilize sweaters for textile recycling many years ago after reading about CRISPINA.  I saved money to take a class on making raggamuffins with her....but unfortunately there were not enough participants for the class to happen.  She had just written her book which I purchased and then decided to drive to her studio and instead of getting a refund for the class I asked for my refund to be in sweaters!!  That was the beginning of my textile recycling in earnest!

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


I follow CRISPINA as a mentor and heard about the challenge online.

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


This has been wonderful ..... and tough....all mixed in together...... I work in a clinic in a small town in Vermont and with the Covid 19 pandemic upon us  I have spent my days with patients helping them to cope with a variety of medical problems all the while with the virus hovering overhead...I love the patients and the people in this tiny town...they are family to me......we share joys, sorrows, laughter and so much more.... so to feel the fear that has gripped so many simply breaks my heart....


The challenge gave my mind a place to go to that was filled with color and creativity ...... but most days I was too tired to cut or sew or create.....but the love of creating was always there and on the weekends I would rally and start that fiber flying!!!!


I am thankful and grateful to have been selected to participate in this endeavor .... it truly was a way to rejuvenate the creative spirit within during such a difficult time.

5. What are your two biggest struggles?


Time and exhaustion— mental and physical

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain


  1. Creating things that bring smiles and laughter to people!
  2. Color—- especially my favorite color which is polka dots!!! ( in any color or shade!)
  3. My nieces twin red headed girls —- they are just simply what fills my heart with love and joy and laughter!

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


CRISPINA has always been a mentoring force in both textile recycling...and in life.....I think she simply needs to be herself and that is an ongoing inspiration!

Scrapbox Contestants - Wanda Huff

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!

Here is my entry...it is called...

“When cooped up (due to Covid 19) put love in your nest!”


They are chicken hand puppets.....The chickens  all have little pockets where they have a love note...something that I believe we should all have in our own little pockets..you know ...like that little pocket in blue jeans...because I believe that sometimes in life we need to have a love letter already written so that we can hand it to a special person before that special moment gets away...and some days we need to have that love letter there so that we can pull it out and read it to ourselves...we all need love...... especially during these trying times...


Please answer as many of these questions as you would like.  Feel free to add anything important to you that was left out.

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


I grew up on a small farm in rural Maine surrounded by talented women who instilled the love of creating with your hands.....carving wood, sewing, quilting, rug hooking, knitting, spinning, weaving, and more...being of modest means, we rarely had the appropriate resources available so recycling was the obvious choice....woolen pants turned into hooked rugs, old cedar telephone poles turned into marionettes, old clothes were the starting point of quilts, etc, etc..... the one thing that they all contained was the love and joy of the maker.


2. Talk about your first awareness of textile recycling.


I started to utilize sweaters for textile recycling many years ago after reading about CRISPINA.  I saved money to take a class on making raggamuffins with her....but unfortunately there were not enough participants for the class to happen.  She had just written her book which I purchased and then decided to drive to her studio and instead of getting a refund for the class I asked for my refund to be in sweaters!!  That was the beginning of my textile recycling in earnest!

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


I follow CRISPINA as a mentor and heard about the challenge online.

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


This has been wonderful ..... and tough....all mixed in together...... I work in a clinic in a small town in Vermont and with the Covid 19 pandemic upon us  I have spent my days with patients helping them to cope with a variety of medical problems all the while with the virus hovering overhead...I love the patients and the people in this tiny town...they are family to me......we share joys, sorrows, laughter and so much more.... so to feel the fear that has gripped so many simply breaks my heart....


The challenge gave my mind a place to go to that was filled with color and creativity ...... but most days I was too tired to cut or sew or create.....but the love of creating was always there and on the weekends I would rally and start that fiber flying!!!!


I am thankful and grateful to have been selected to participate in this endeavor .... it truly was a way to rejuvenate the creative spirit within during such a difficult time.

5. What are your two biggest struggles?


Time and exhaustion— mental and physical

6. Three things that bring you joy.  Explain


  1. Creating things that bring smiles and laughter to people!
  2. Color—- especially my favorite color which is polka dots!!! ( in any color or shade!)
  3. My nieces twin red headed girls —- they are just simply what fills my heart with love and joy and laughter!

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


CRISPINA has always been a mentoring force in both textile recycling...and in life.....I think she simply needs to be herself and that is an ongoing inspiration!

BACK
TO
BLOG
<<