Freak of the Week on Crispina

Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 9.50.12 PM

I am the Freak of the Week on Crispina’s website.  Click on the screenshot above and see what it’s all about. Crispina offers great looking workshops.  Someday I hope to take either the Sweater Chop Shop or the Potholder Rug Weaving Workshop, or both.  Her workshops for 2014 are posted on her website.  Below are examples of Crispina’s work.

hilltownzippy

crispina jackpotcrispina-blanket

You can follow Crispina on Facebook and Twitter or visit her Etsy Shop.

 

Enhabiten + Dyeing

I’ve known about Liane of Enhabiten since I saw an Etsy video about her back in 2009.  I really love her work and, for whatever reason, I like knowing that she lives in NH (my home state). I especially admire the work she is doing lately. She is dying secondhand and vintage items, giving them new life.  Look at these gorgeous t-shirts.  I love the blues and grays, the marks and lines.

indietop

I would live in this gray t-shirt all summer long over a pair of black pants with a pair of Birks.

upcycled shirt on wall

Below is a close up of a chair pad she made.  Just lovely.  You can see more pictures of her chair pads on her blog.  You can also find them for sale in her Etsy shop.

pad4

I also love how she is dyeing vintage doilies and table runners.  I have so many of these types of things tucked away.  I would like them so much more if I dyed them mustard.

up6

mustard table runner

The project that she is working on that most delighted me is what she is doing with chenille.  I’ve seen chenille for sale in secondhand stores but never gave it a second thought.

When I saw these half moon pouches Liane was making I didn’t even recognize that they were made from secondhand chenille.  It looked to me like a material that she had embroidered.  Aren’t they lovely? She has a couple still available in her shop.

half moon pouch grey

half moon pouch indigoAll these images are from Liane’s blog – Enhabiten.  They are posted here with her permission.

Of course the other reason I have dyeing on the brain is because Shabd is coming to Kittery, Maine to teach a weekend workshop on dyeing.  It is scheduled for Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  The registration page just when live yesterday.  Join the fun.  Email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

CHASES GARAGE – YORK, MAINE

firstannual

chases-garageI went to the CHASES GARAGE Open Studios last night.  Very welcoming and inspiring.  They offer memberships in their PRINTMAKING and CERAMICS studios.  Makerspaces rule! They happen to be firing ceramics in the back yard when I arrived.  I don’t know anything about this process but it sure looks cool.

raku

raku2

I am attracted to the work of Alyssa Grenning.  She was not in her studio and I didn’t want to take any close-up photos of her work without her permission so I just snapped this photo below.  You can see more of her work on her website. Right.

Alyssa-Grenning

Also loving — Ashley Norman.  Her studio is like candy. Love her sense of color and balance.  Her studio was crowded so I just took a picture of her photo display in the gallery space.  She has a blog you should follow.

ashley-norman

Allison May Kiphuth creates miniature dioramas in vintage boxes.  The image below is taken from her webpage on the Chases Garage website.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The one piece that I saw that really engaged me was something Allison created with found objects.  Allison created a mobile with the orphan hands of vintage clocks.  She tied them with string onto a vintage saw blade. Although I didn’t ask — I’m quite sure this piece is not for sale.  Too precious.

Allison-May-Kiphuthxo jam

all you magazine

All You magazine. Issue 10, October 18, 2013. Page 13.

All You magazine. Issue 10, October 18, 2013. Page 13.

My sweater blanket was featured in the October issue of All You magazine.  I like the fine print at the bottom of the page — “This idea comes from Jennifer Moore in Kittery, Maine, who blogs about sustainable style at recovergirl.wordpress.com.”  That’s better than a stick in your eye.  xo jam

PRIMITIVE FURNITURE

I was cruising craigslist/newhampshire/furniture to find a side table or whatever.  I came across this person in Hillsboro, NH that makes outdoor furniture out of solid hardwood pallets.  I like the primitive look.

outdoor-furniture-450

Especially this simple side table.small-pallet-table-450

They remind me of the Tom Dixon offcut stool.

tom-dixon-offcut-stool-two

Alls you’d have to do is buy inexpensive primitive furniture locally and paint it in a fabulous pop color.  Presto — Chango — and you have a fabulous statement piece.

tom-dixon-bench-via-door-sixteen-450

via Door Sixteen

Tom_Dixon_Offcut_Stool_2via Live with what you Love

a mad tea party with alis benchvia A Mad Tea Party with Alis

I know. Right.

xo jam

COMMUNITY – ATHENS, GA

I am so inspired by Community of Athens, Georgia.  I found out about them through Pinterest but it looks like word is spreading quickly about them because of an article in the  New York Times about the city of Athens, Georgia.

COMMUNITY-SHOP-450This is how they describe themselves on their website: Community is a boutique centered around the concept of sustainability without the sacrifice of style.  Opened in 2010 by Sanni Baumgärtner, Community seeks to bring chic clothing to our clients while encouraging them to buy locally and sustainably.  Community Service is our in-house brand of redesigned vintage clothing. Designed by owner Sanni Baumgärtner as a way to merge vintage fabrics and designs with current fashion.”

community-service-athens-georgia-collageI especially love this Denim revamp event they hosted.  What a great way to bring the community together and promote sustainable style.

denim-revamp-day-450-wideThe images above were taken from the Community website and  Community Facebook page.  They are also on Twitter and Pinterest.  Now that’s what I call Community Service! <someone had to say it>