The children are always with me these Summer days. We play, swim and hike everyday. We run, bike and read. These Summer days don’t bring a lot of time in the studio but my list of dreaming is long. Sometimes, with just an hour to myself, I can feel frantic – what to do! So many ideas swirl in my head, it can be … almost – paralyzing. The other day I was confronted with just such an hour and I thought rather than dig into something BIG and grand, why not make something small and simple.
Everyday I carry around a pencil and eraser kit with sketch book – EVERYDAY.
I had “borrowed” this boring pencil-case from the children, did I mention they have become pretty darn good at sharing? It was time to make something just for me. Using a zipper from my stash, I whipped up a sassy little pencil-case, in just a few minutes that made me feel happy. Sometimes in just a snippet of time you can tackle a wee project – that manages to brighten your everyday!
I have dipped into this bag many, many times over the years. Yesterday I was struck by the realization the each one of these zippers had been recycled. Each stitch of had been ripped to release the zippers from garments past their prime.
It made me remember that this era of recycled fashion is not a new trend but old as time.
It made me think about how expensive fabric and notions are and how we really can dig into the closet to remake our clothes, use what we have rather than buy new.
And I remembered that I had made this funky sweatshirt for the boys a week ago by doing just that -
I took two shirts they had outgrown and meshed them together to make a new garment that was fun and custom and actually fit.
Sorry for the awful picture but the kids are not all that interested in modeling for me today!
In the future I hope to find more and more ways to reuse what we have rather than stockpiling stacks of new fabric, no matter how lovely and delicious that new fabric is – I hope to get better about remaking what we have.