Anywhoo, prior to the Future Forecast runway show there was time to shop from and meet local designers. I was wandering around the room, taking it all in, and then I saw Season 15 Project Runway contestant — Nathalia Castrillon! She is a sustainable and ethical fashion superstar and you should def follow her. She had a pair of two-tone jeans for sale. I instantly fell in love with them! They weren’t my size but she said she could make a pair for me. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
I might attempt to make a pair for myself on Black Friday but if I epically fail then maybe I’ll reach out to Nathalia to get a custom pair. I could wear them during Project Upcycle!!
In the meantime, I’m collecting inspiration. I’m not loving the store-bought versions as much as the DIY looking ones and I seem to prefer the ones that are actually sewn together rather than just bleached to look two-tone.
I particularly like this technique that B SIDES jeans is using where they add a new side panel seam. This could allow me to make some vintage jeans that I love actually fit!
What do you think? Is it too trendy or is a way to have fun with sustainable style!
Get ready to stretch those creative muscles, fashion designers!
3S Artspace, Recovergirl & Goodwill of Northern New England are once again joining forces to promote regional designers and sustainable fashion in the 2nd Project Upcycle design competition.
If you are ready to meet other inspiring designers and put your design skills to the test, please apply to compete in this wildly creative and fast-paced design challenge, transforming secondhand clothing into a gala-worthy outfit!
Eight designers will be chosen for Project Upcycle which takes place March 28-30 and culminates in the highly anticipated Project Upcycle Runway Event on March 30, 2019.
ABOUT PROJECT UPCYCLE:
Project Upcycle brings emerging designers together to foster connections, encourage creativity, and inspire growth. We are helping to plant the seeds for sustainable fashion brands in New England and beyond, and developing an audience that will support you on your design path.
A cash prize will be awarded to the top three designers. Prizes come with no strings attached. Winners can use the funds as they wish!
First Prize: $1,500
Second Prize: $1,000
Third Prize: $500
I finally got to meet the woman behind Ersilia Designs at the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market today. Her name is Luca (pronounced Lootza) and she lives in Portsmouth. I think she said she is originally from Hungary. She hand knits face clothes, hand dyes and sews bento and produce bags, and knits adorable pixie hats for children. Follow her on Instagram and buy her stuff on Etsy.
I also met ceramic artist Zane Tillinghast. I am so in love with his work. He makes mugs, plates, vases, toothbrush holders, and ceramic strainers for fruits and vegetables. He is a graduate of the Maine College of Art. On his website Zane says this about his work:
“My pots capture the essence of a good time. Through the use of form, I illustrate the irregular and sometimes pear-shaped reality of what it is to celebrate with other human beings, — The act of eating and drinking with this tableware and with the people you wish to spend time with, make the ceramic objects a backdrop for the performance of life to happen around.”