Upcycler Spotlights #4, #5, and #6


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My readers always ask:

​Do you know of 'Other Upcyclers/Refashioners' ?

So I decided to showcase a new profile each week, spotlighting an amazing textile creator from around the world.


After their showcase, I keep them here on my blog and

their own devoted page under "Featuring You!".

I hope you enjoy this page as much as I do!


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This Post is a Summary of Upcyclers #4, #5, & #6.


#4--Amanda Barnard

Norfolk-U.K.


#5--Jo Taylor

Rural Mid-Wales, U.K.


#6 -- Willa Harbridge

Regional Victoria, Australia




Keep Scrolling To Check These Talented Artists Out!



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#4--Amanda Barnard

Norfolk-U.K.



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Amanda Barnard--49

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK




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Connect with

Amanda Barnard:


FACEBOOK:

www.facebook/amagemsupcycled


Etsy:

www.etsy/amagemsupcycled.com


Inquiries:

per FB Messenger


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Read Amanda's Interview!



How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

Approximately 3 year




How long have you been sewing?

Approximately 3 years. Most of my work is done by hand.




How and why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

I used to make jewellery, and I saw that people were making necklaces from textiles. This fascinated me, so I tried it. Then more and more ideas appeared that I could try. Then I was hooked.





Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

I love to see how something that someone has discarded can be turned into something so unique, plus it saves textiles from landfill.





What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

I love to make beautiful, unique denim jackets. I see them as a blank canvas to create wearable art.




What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

I love to work with denim.

What was your favorite project?

That’s a difficult question-it changes depending on my mood!


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THANK YOU Amanda FOR SHARING YOUR STORY & UPCYCLES WITH US!

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#5--Jo Taylor

Rural Mid-Wales, U.K.



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Jo Taylor

Rural mid-Wales, UK.



Check Out Jo's:


Instagram

@tailortrash64


Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/JoTailortrash/


Etsy

www.tailortrash.etsy.com








How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?


40 years, since I was a Punk in the 1970s.

How long have you been sewing?

About 50 years.

How and why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

I was a Punk Rocker in the 1970s & 80s. The punk movement is/was all about d.i.y. and challenging the status quo, so upcycling clothing was a natural progression. I couldn't afford to buy what commercially available punk clothing there was. So I searched jumble sales, charity shops & antique shops for things to transform.


Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

There is already more than enough clothing & textiles in the world, I want to save it from going to landfills . The fashion industry is one of the most damaging from an environmental point of view and I don't want to wear what everyone else is wearing anyway! I also enjoy the creative challenges of taking a pile of 2nd hand teeshirts, for instance and transforming them into a beautiful garment. Recycling/upcycling is a way of life for me. It began out of necessity and has continued even when I've been better off financially. Most things in my home; my car, my furniture, appliances even my sewing machines are second hand.



What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

I create quirky, flattering garments for women of all shapes & sizes. Life is too short for boring, unflattering clothes. Mainstream fashion only looks good on thin people. Most women change shape after having kids & struggle to find interesting clothes that fit well & make them feel good. So, that's what I aim to do, make wearable art pieces that are comfortable and flattering to wear.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Wool/cashmere sweaters and cotton or viscose jersey garments. Because they drape nicely and create such comfortable pieces when used to make something new.























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THANK YOU


Jo!


FOR SHARING YOUR STORY


& UPCYCLES WITH US!


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Willa Harbridge--59

Regional Victoria, Australia



Check Out Willa's

Facebook Page:


'Funky Rustica Upcycled Clothing'



Contact Willa:


funkyrustica@gmail.com











How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

Started at about 8 years old with fabric left overs etc

How long have you been sewing?

Since I was about 8!

How and why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

My mother upcyled clothes. Then when She died I went full on into upcyling. It is also how I recover from a stressful job and marriage which has now ended.


Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

Environmental reasons, Creativity and because I want nice and special clothes



What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

Body size inclusive layered looks With unusual details or addition of embroidery,appliqué, free style machine exhibition

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Old silk, linen, old doilies and table and bedding linens And anything that o fancy I like to incorporate found objects and eco dyeing ,

What was your favorite project?

I couldn’t say.








































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THANK YOU


Willa!


FOR SHARING YOUR STORY


& UPCYCLES WITH US!


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