Local Maker Spotlight

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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.


Zane Ceramics ColorI 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.”

Pear-shaped reality. Love that! Follow Zane on Instagram and buy his stuff on Etsy.

There are 87 days until Christmas. Buy handmade and local! #sustainablestyle

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Project Upcycle 2018 Designers

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We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Project Upcycle Sustainable Fashion Competition and Runway Event. These designers will be challenged to upcycle secondhand clothing provided by Goodwill into gala-worthy outfits. The live runway event takes place on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Cash prizes, provided by Saltwater Creative of Portsmouth, NH, will be awarded to the top three designers (First: $1,500, Second: $1,000, Third: $500). For event updates and to learn about the “role” models and VIP judges visit (and RSVP) to the Facebook Event Page. To learn more about the designers follow the links below.

2018-Designer-Finalists

Adara Bankhead is a high school senior from Portland Maine who loves vintage style clothing, making jewelry, sewing, and multimedia art.

Jackiellen Bonney is a textile and fashion designer with a focus on the human experience and how clothing can open new opportunities for healing, self-empowerment, and growth.

Jared DeSimio is an artist and designer who is always on the hunt for old worn-out clothes. A love of Hip-Hop and rural lifestyles are what influence his work the most.

Justin Desper is a Textile and Fashion Design graduate from Maine College of Art. While there, his focus centered on creating garments through a process that stimulates a desire to explore form, function, and problem-solving. With an appreciation for the bodies, his pieces adorn, Justin considers his models as collaborators in his work and holds his collaborative relationships in the highest regard.

Kirsten Elfe is a student of textiles and fashion at Maine College of Art and a Portsmouth native.

Maya Critchfield is an antique textile and tool seeker who specializes in fiber art, mending, and printmaking.

Tamsin Whitehead is an artist, designer and University Lecturer, teaching classes in feminism, sustainability and the fashion industry. Her academic work focuses on gender expression and representation, which she also explores in her wearable designs. She employs a variety of different media but is particularly interested in textiles and the transformation of materials through recycling.

Chloe Larochelle is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is passionate about sustainability and hopes to play a role in this movement that is spreading to every corner of the industry.


Mark your calendar and BUY YOUR TICKETS
before they are all gone!!!

SATURDAY, MARCH 24
6:00pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Hour & Gallery Pop-up
7:00pm – 9:00pm Runway Competition
9:00pm – 10:00pm After Party and Celebration
$35 for Members / $40 for Non-Members

Follow me (Recovergirl360), 3S Artspace, and Goodwill of Northern New England on Instagram for special announcements and behind the scenes Instagram stories.

xo jam

Timberland X Thread @ UNH

This cool event is happening at UNH a few days after Project Upcycle. We should all go.

Thread X Timberland in Haiti: From Bottle to Boot
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
12:30-2 p.m.
MUB Theatre II

More info here.