Friday, May 15, 2009

Trash: How I hate it, How I love it.

Scraps drive me crazy.
I love to sew and build things. The process of creating something, from that first little glimmer of an idea, to the finite design of a thing and onto the completion and fine tuning. Nothing gives me more pleasure. And then we have a pile of scraps......bits of fabric, paper, metal, plastic, beads, thread.
I am not someone who works tidily. I can. I don't. For me once the design of a thing is done then there comes controlled chaos. So when I have finished a project, it gleams all new and pretty and I have a huge mess. So clean it up. Right? Well therein lies my problem. I fold up and stow the larger scraps. I put away the tools. And then I sweep and try to throw things away. The bits and pieces seem precious to me. The can in the recycle bin has potential. I cannot throw things away easily. I mean I'll throw away yucky garbage and I'll recycle my bottles. Some things are just too neat though, bright colors and interesting shapes. So I keep them. The other day I decided to make a bag out of what was in the dustpan from my sewing room floor.
I have been playing around with the fused plastic bag and making twine out of the bags but the large scrap of Muslin and other bits and pieces were perfect for

"Trash Bag One"

That led me to make a few more "Trash Bags" and some hats made out of my studio scraps. It also led me to think about the fact that almost everything I make is at least in part upcycled, reused, recycled or repurposed. When I was younger this was a result of necessity. If I wanted to make something first I had to find something that I already had or find something used to reconfigure.
"Waste not Want not" is a huge part of my world view. Couple innate thrift with an insatiable desire to make things and you have craft projects. As I have gotten older my environmental conscience has grown up with me. Luckily I married well. In my case "marrying well" means finding a man who comes from a long line of thrifty, trashpicking, dumpster diving creative people.
So here is a blog about making things, from trash and scraps, bits and pieces. Here is a story about making fun projects, clothes, toys, and even necessities for my son out of garbage or scraps. I hope you enjoy.

Detail picture at top.....sheet flannel bag with smashed bottle caps and fused plastic bag "print"
"Trash Bag One"- muslin, fused plastic, various bits of studio detritus fused between plastic grocery bags, braided bag handle
Blue "Trash bag"- flannel, plastic, bottle caps, silk scraps
"Grocery Bag"- Burlap, fused plastic, satin lined
Evan's doll- old sweatshirt knit, studio scraps, wool yarn

I have a few things listed on Etsy Seller name : EvenRose

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