It has been boiling hot over here, and rain has been long overdue!! Please give us some rain - but not too much!
This week's Greeny Crafter is Mezzy of Recycled, Purposed, Renewed.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hmmm, an interesting question. I kind of have a dual life. By day I work in the banking industry which is very conservative, structured and precise. A big part of my role finding solutions for complex problems. Once the working day is done I step out of my cloak of conservatism and morph into my creative being, which is a refashioner. These two existences may seem poles apart, but surprisingly enough they are quite similar. Refashioning too is all about problem solving. You start with something that has outlived it's use or is no longer appropriate for the task at hand and then you recreate it into something else. The steps in between to achieve a final outcome.....are what makes both my working and refashioning life interesting.
|Loving the cuff jeans!|
How did you start doing refashioning / upcycling?
I was a thrifter before I was a refashioner. This resourcefulness all began when I first got married. We moved to the country, built our own house, had two babies and lived on one income. I realised early on that we could live a comfortable frugal life by purchasing other people's offcasts. Thrifting for me has also been about collecting and preserving history, but that is a whole other story.
Thrifting gets into your pysche and just emanates from the inside out.
The natural progression of thrifting was refashioning. When I first got married there were no pc's and certainly no You Tube tutorials. I bought a basic sewing machine and taught myself to sew. Outgrown t-shirts were refashioned into underwear for my daughters. Trousers that could not be lengthened were made into summer shorts. Tank tops would be refreshed by having vintage fabric added to them which would turn them into a dress. It was a very creative time of my life and then we had to move back to the city. My sewing machine was packed up and for ten years it sat in storage. In January of this year, my daughter announced that she was going to drive around Australia in a converted combi van and that I was going to make the curtains. My sewing machine finally got to see the light of day again and after the curtains there was no stopping us.
All my projects are created for a purpose so each and everyone of them is dear to me. However I do have two projects that are my most meaningful. The first one is my "Flowers for Lauren" Necklace. Lauren was an amazing spirit who came into my life when a long term friendship had ended abruptly. I was not in a mind frame to start a new friendship but Lauren made it her business to become my friend and ingrained herself into my life. I was devastated when after a sudden and short battle with cancer, Lauren passed away. "Flowers for Lauren" necklace was created for her birthday and in her memory.
My second meaningful project is the "Adrift @ Sea" Cuff. I spend hours walking along the beach, collecting sea glass and other washed up treasures. I find this past-time meditative, peaceful and soothing. The sea glass is beautiful when it simmers and shines in the wet sand. Therefore it is ironic that it begins it's life with the careless tossing of a glass bottle into the ocean. Why are we so wasteful? Why are we so willing to pollute our oceans and destroy marine life? Someone elses lack of care becomes my nature's jewel to admire and behold. The "Adrift @ Sea" Cuff turns an ugly careless act into something of calmness and beauty.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Inspiration is anywhere and everywhere. It is not just one thing. My inspiration starts with a seed which is then watered, nurtured and allowed to grow. What I mean by this is that I collect and buy things that capture my eye. Ninety percent of the time, I do not have an end project in mind. It is as simple as starting off with a small piece of amazing vintage fabric that I find in a dusty corner of a bursting to the brim thrift store. I buy it, put it aside and just look admiringly at it. Eventually the fabric will inspire me and an idea will come to mind.
A big thank you to Mezzy for contributing this. Looking forward to seeing more of your work :-)