Scrap Bag Challenge - Kimberly Egan

Each artist who participated in the First EVER Scrap Bag Challenge that ran from March 22, 2014 til Earthday, and answered my virtual interview questions will be featured here over the next few weeks. The Scrap Bag Challenge took place, on the fly, as a part of the unearthing and purging in my studio.  As Shire City Sanctuary comes to be, my studio shrinks with glee - allowing me renewed freedom from stuff  and allowing our Makerspace room to accommodate a sewing room, screen printing shop, and teaching space.

We had over 50 responses within 24 hours of posting on facebook and sending our eblast announcement!  50 boxes were shipped across the world from Germany to Australia to our neighbors here in Pittsfield!  Wowsers!  The EXCITEMENT!!

Next up, Kimberly Egan! She is our neighbor here in Pittsfield.  Thanks for participating Kimberly!  Take a look and her HANDSEWN argyle!  She ROCKS IT!

05.27.14 Kimberly Egan


1.     Three sentences about you – anything you want.

Hmmm....let's see.  I'm a wife and Mom - my husband, Dennis, my son, Matthew, and my daughter, Gabby are the loves of my life.  I'm a photography buff, and I love cooking, reading, knitting and sports.  I'm also a technology enthusiast - love my gadgets!

2.     What additional materials did you use to complete your Challenge?

To complete my challenge, I used parts of two other sweaters I had previously felted (and not on purpose!) and some embroidery floss.

3.     How were you inspired to create what you made?

As I mentioned, I love gadgets.  My husband bought me a new iPad air for my birthday last year, and it made me crazy that none of the accessories for the old iPad fit the new one.  Rather than buy new, I figured I'd try making one!

4.     What’s your fondest Recycled/Reused experience?

This challenge - hands down!  Not only was I able to create something functional and fun, but I learned a lot through the process.  I can't wait to make other things with the scraps I still have left!

5.     If you could give advise to a large group of people what would it be?

My advice would be to take note of the simple pleasures in everyday life.  Never waste an opportunity to turn them into great memories.