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Rebecca J. Jones, 38, Indianapolis, Indiana-USA

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

I have always been into fabric arts and crafts, but I got into upcycling clothes around 2010.

How long have you been sewing?

I learned as a kid, but didn't become proficient in it until after 2004 when my parents got me a sewing machine when I graduated from college.

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

I grew up in an upcycling family. My grandma made quilts and rag rugs out of textile waste from the factory she worked in.

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

I do it for several reasons. First, it's custom made to fit me. Second, it's more sustainable than buying new. It's better for the environment and doesn't exploit people in sweatshops. Third, it's a fun challenge to keep my brain sharp.

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

I create stuff that I will wear in my everyday life. Now that I am working from home, I don't have to look as "professional" as I did in the office. I do shirts, pants and skirts.

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

I like to buy clothes from the thrift store and dye them. I look for plant fibers like cotton or linen.

What was your favorite project?

I can't pick just one! Although, a recent hoodie I did is pretty special.

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