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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.

Sponsor Feature - Last Chance Textiles

Are you ready for a little meander through the the thought process of Lindsey Fout of Last Chance Textiles?  I am super proud to be collaborating with her. She is sponsoring Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020 by adding one of her super awesome sauce bandanas to THE GRAND PRIZE ~ Speaking of which - have you voted today? Once you have perused this feature - go perform your civic duty and cast your ballot .

Check out what Lindsey is all about here:

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

I am a textile designer, researcher, and teacher.  In my career I’ve worked designing prints and patterns for both fashion and interiors.  I have taught textile design at the college level, and more recently, hands-on workshops.  

I grew up on a small farm in West Virginia. I think this rural Appalachian upbringing lays a practical and utilitarian foundation to my work.  Integrity and usefulness are important to me.    

In late 2015 I founded Last Chance Textiles, a small line of scarves, bandanas and accessories.  My products feature original designs, fabrications, and colors inspired by historical textiles from around the globe. The Last Chance collection reimagines this heritage and infuses it with a practical western sensibility. This creates a product that will stand the test of time and never go out of style. We take pride in making all our products from scratch with transparent and ethical production. 


What are you most passionate about?  

I’m most passionate about textile arts and histories. 


How did this passion come to be?

There is a breadth and depth in textile arts.  Garments and home textiles are closely tied to place, culture, and history.  These are very significant and intimate objects for humankind.  Every corner of the globe boasts a unique textile tradition, so I feel like there is a lifetime of exploration.  I feel the same way about the physical processes.  Weaving alone can keep an artist busy for a lifetime.  There will forever be a new technique to learn.  


Who/What has been most influential in your work/life?

Living in Los Angeles for the past 9+ years really helped shape my career and work.  It was the first large city I had ever lived in!  I met a lot of people there who helped me in one way or another.  I had great mentors and creative peers to help push me and advance my work.  Launching Last Chance Textiles in Los Angeles gave me access to a large audience and plenty of challenges and competition to learn from.  I recently moved away from Los Angeles but I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunities I found there.    


Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

One source that relates to my work with Last Chance is the history of the American west, the true history, not the Hollywood version.  I’m inspired by the vast landscapes out here, the Mojave desert and Sierra Nevada mountains.  This creates a lens and setting to explore broader themes like historic and traditional textile motifs from around the globe.

I also carry a fondness for Americana “women’s work” like quilting, rag rugs and other fiber arts that our grandmothers made out of necessity.

Aside from working, how do you spend your time?

I love to travel and see new places, people and cultures.  Last year I was lucky enough to visit Mexico City, India, and lots of weekend trips around southern California.  

Tell about a magical moment that comes to mind when you look back on your life experience.

Yesterday I went on a jog and just as I was getting tired my headphones stopped working.  I took them off and started to notice the birds singing and the bright green growth that had popped out in the last week or so.  We’ve recently moved to the northwest so a lot of the flora is new to me.  I slowed down to inspect the plants I was passing by.  I like this kind of magic the most, on an ordinary day when you feel an unexpected and overwhelming sense of wonder for the natural details around you.   


If you were able to spend an afternoon with anyone – dead or alive, who would it be?  What plans would you make for your outing?

I would like to spend some more time with my grandparents.  I was lucky to spend a good deal of time with them growing up, but they passed on before I was fully into adulthood.  It would be good to just sit on the porch and ask them questions about their life, how they go through hard times.  I think it would lend some helpful perspective. 


Do you have an upcoming event or significant happening that you would like to promote?  When?  Where? Details and contact information please.

Please sign up for my email newsletter here. 

The fact that the Covid pandemic has postponed a lot of my in-person events and workshops means I’ll be leaning in to engaging with my community online.  The pandemic has also interfered with my production, meaning our online inventory is sporadic at best.  I’m trying to build my email list as the most reliable way to communicate with my community about online events, product restocks, and launches.  New subscribers get 10% off their first purchase! 

So there you have it. The American West meets eco-conscious textile fondling designer genius and poof ~Last Chance Textiles~ Thanks so much, Lindsey for collaborating.

Now, who will be that lucky Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020 Winner? Whoever it is, will be the proud new owner of something super awesome crafted by the one and only Last Chance Textiles. If you want to learn more about ALL the prizes - check back here each day til the polls close at midnight on April 28th - you can cast your daily ballot and revel in the wonder that rolls all up into the GRAND PRIZE


Sponsor Feature - Last Chance Textiles

Are you ready for a little meander through the the thought process of Lindsey Fout of Last Chance Textiles?  I am super proud to be collaborating with her. She is sponsoring Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020 by adding one of her super awesome sauce bandanas to THE GRAND PRIZE ~ Speaking of which - have you voted today? Once you have perused this feature - go perform your civic duty and cast your ballot .

Check out what Lindsey is all about here:

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

I am a textile designer, researcher, and teacher.  In my career I’ve worked designing prints and patterns for both fashion and interiors.  I have taught textile design at the college level, and more recently, hands-on workshops.  

I grew up on a small farm in West Virginia. I think this rural Appalachian upbringing lays a practical and utilitarian foundation to my work.  Integrity and usefulness are important to me.    

In late 2015 I founded Last Chance Textiles, a small line of scarves, bandanas and accessories.  My products feature original designs, fabrications, and colors inspired by historical textiles from around the globe. The Last Chance collection reimagines this heritage and infuses it with a practical western sensibility. This creates a product that will stand the test of time and never go out of style. We take pride in making all our products from scratch with transparent and ethical production. 


What are you most passionate about?  

I’m most passionate about textile arts and histories. 


How did this passion come to be?

There is a breadth and depth in textile arts.  Garments and home textiles are closely tied to place, culture, and history.  These are very significant and intimate objects for humankind.  Every corner of the globe boasts a unique textile tradition, so I feel like there is a lifetime of exploration.  I feel the same way about the physical processes.  Weaving alone can keep an artist busy for a lifetime.  There will forever be a new technique to learn.  


Who/What has been most influential in your work/life?

Living in Los Angeles for the past 9+ years really helped shape my career and work.  It was the first large city I had ever lived in!  I met a lot of people there who helped me in one way or another.  I had great mentors and creative peers to help push me and advance my work.  Launching Last Chance Textiles in Los Angeles gave me access to a large audience and plenty of challenges and competition to learn from.  I recently moved away from Los Angeles but I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunities I found there.    


Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

One source that relates to my work with Last Chance is the history of the American west, the true history, not the Hollywood version.  I’m inspired by the vast landscapes out here, the Mojave desert and Sierra Nevada mountains.  This creates a lens and setting to explore broader themes like historic and traditional textile motifs from around the globe.

I also carry a fondness for Americana “women’s work” like quilting, rag rugs and other fiber arts that our grandmothers made out of necessity.

Aside from working, how do you spend your time?

I love to travel and see new places, people and cultures.  Last year I was lucky enough to visit Mexico City, India, and lots of weekend trips around southern California.  

Tell about a magical moment that comes to mind when you look back on your life experience.

Yesterday I went on a jog and just as I was getting tired my headphones stopped working.  I took them off and started to notice the birds singing and the bright green growth that had popped out in the last week or so.  We’ve recently moved to the northwest so a lot of the flora is new to me.  I slowed down to inspect the plants I was passing by.  I like this kind of magic the most, on an ordinary day when you feel an unexpected and overwhelming sense of wonder for the natural details around you.   


If you were able to spend an afternoon with anyone – dead or alive, who would it be?  What plans would you make for your outing?

I would like to spend some more time with my grandparents.  I was lucky to spend a good deal of time with them growing up, but they passed on before I was fully into adulthood.  It would be good to just sit on the porch and ask them questions about their life, how they go through hard times.  I think it would lend some helpful perspective. 


Do you have an upcoming event or significant happening that you would like to promote?  When?  Where? Details and contact information please.

Please sign up for my email newsletter here. 

The fact that the Covid pandemic has postponed a lot of my in-person events and workshops means I’ll be leaning in to engaging with my community online.  The pandemic has also interfered with my production, meaning our online inventory is sporadic at best.  I’m trying to build my email list as the most reliable way to communicate with my community about online events, product restocks, and launches.  New subscribers get 10% off their first purchase! 

So there you have it. The American West meets eco-conscious textile fondling designer genius and poof ~Last Chance Textiles~ Thanks so much, Lindsey for collaborating.

Now, who will be that lucky Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020 Winner? Whoever it is, will be the proud new owner of something super awesome crafted by the one and only Last Chance Textiles. If you want to learn more about ALL the prizes - check back here each day til the polls close at midnight on April 28th - you can cast your daily ballot and revel in the wonder that rolls all up into the GRAND PRIZE


Sponsor Feature - Last Chance Textiles

Are you ready for a little meander through the the thought process of Lindsey Fout of Last Chance Textiles?  I am super proud to be collaborating with her. She is sponsoring Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020 by adding one of her super awesome sauce bandanas to THE GRAND PRIZE ~ Speaking of which - have you voted today? Once you have perused this feature - go perform your civic duty and cast your ballot .

Check out what Lindsey is all about here:

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

I am a textile designer, researcher, and teacher.  In my career I’ve worked designing prints and patterns for both fashion and interiors.  I have taught textile design at the college level, and more recently, hands-on workshops.  

I grew up on a small farm in West Virginia. I think this rural Appalachian upbringing lays a practical and utilitarian foundation to my work.  Integrity and usefulness are important to me.    

In late 2015 I founded Last Chance Textiles, a small line of scarves, bandanas and accessories.  My products feature original designs, fabrications, and colors inspired by historical textiles from around the globe. The Last Chance collection reimagines this heritage and infuses it with a practical western sensibility. This creates a product that will stand the test of time and never go out of style. We take pride in making all our products from scratch with transparent and ethical production. 


What are you most passionate about?  

I’m most passionate about textile arts and histories. 


How did this passion come to be?

There is a breadth and depth in textile arts.  Garments and home textiles are closely tied to place, culture, and history.  These are very significant and intimate objects for humankind.  Every corner of the globe boasts a unique textile tradition, so I feel like there is a lifetime of exploration.  I feel the same way about the physical processes.  Weaving alone can keep an artist busy for a lifetime.  There will forever be a new technique to learn.  


Who/What has been most influential in your work/life?

Living in Los Angeles for the past 9+ years really helped shape my career and work.  It was the first large city I had ever lived in!  I met a lot of people there who helped me in one way or another.  I had great mentors and creative peers to help push me and advance my work.  Launching Last Chance Textiles in Los Angeles gave me access to a large audience and plenty of challenges and competition to learn from.  I recently moved away from Los Angeles but I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunities I found there.    


Where do you find your inspiration/motivation?

One source that relates to my work with Last Chance is the history of the American west, the true history, not the Hollywood version.  I’m inspired by the vast landscapes out here, the Mojave desert and Sierra Nevada mountains.  This creates a lens and setting to explore broader themes like historic and traditional textile motifs from around the globe.

I also carry a fondness for Americana “women’s work” like quilting, rag rugs and other fiber arts that our grandmothers made out of necessity.

Aside from working, how do you spend your time?

I love to travel and see new places, people and cultures.  Last year I was lucky enough to visit Mexico City, India, and lots of weekend trips around southern California.  

Tell about a magical moment that comes to mind when you look back on your life experience.

Yesterday I went on a jog and just as I was getting tired my headphones stopped working.  I took them off and started to notice the birds singing and the bright green growth that had popped out in the last week or so.  We’ve recently moved to the northwest so a lot of the flora is new to me.  I slowed down to inspect the plants I was passing by.  I like this kind of magic the most, on an ordinary day when you feel an unexpected and overwhelming sense of wonder for the natural details around you.   


If you were able to spend an afternoon with anyone – dead or alive, who would it be?  What plans would you make for your outing?

I would like to spend some more time with my grandparents.  I was lucky to spend a good deal of time with them growing up, but they passed on before I was fully into adulthood.  It would be good to just sit on the porch and ask them questions about their life, how they go through hard times.  I think it would lend some helpful perspective. 


Do you have an upcoming event or significant happening that you would like to promote?  When?  Where? Details and contact information please.

Please sign up for my email newsletter here. 

The fact that the Covid pandemic has postponed a lot of my in-person events and workshops means I’ll be leaning in to engaging with my community online.  The pandemic has also interfered with my production, meaning our online inventory is sporadic at best.  I’m trying to build my email list as the most reliable way to communicate with my community about online events, product restocks, and launches.  New subscribers get 10% off their first purchase! 

So there you have it. The American West meets eco-conscious textile fondling designer genius and poof ~Last Chance Textiles~ Thanks so much, Lindsey for collaborating.

Now, who will be that lucky Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020 Winner? Whoever it is, will be the proud new owner of something super awesome crafted by the one and only Last Chance Textiles. If you want to learn more about ALL the prizes - check back here each day til the polls close at midnight on April 28th - you can cast your daily ballot and revel in the wonder that rolls all up into the GRAND PRIZE


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