Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Trashion!


TRASHION: An Etsy Street Team that is all about visualizing beauty in unconventional objects and materials. Members fabricate art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from used, thrown-out & found elements. Trashion is a philosophy and an ethic. It encompasses environmentalism and innovation, and respects the human creative and healing potential.

Making traditional objects out of recycled materials can be trashion. Making avant-garde fashion out of cast-offs or junk can be trashion.

Who knew that what I've been doing all this time with much of my sewing was Trashion! Each and every owl & some of the fruits and veggies that I've sewn were comprised of upcycled materials - usually felted former sweaters, vintage denim and corduroy. Some of my favorite fabrics! The process has been very gratifying and fun. Once I found a group of other artists on etsy that have similar inclinations - of course I petitioned to join their team!

This month we had a Palchemy (read: Pal + Alchemy) swap. Each participant was paired up and asked to send a package of materials to someone else on the team. No specific rules were given beyond the request to send things that were to be upcycled into, yes, Trashion! The next steps: Receive, visualize and create.

Here's what my partner sent me:


Plus some things I added from my own stash:


My first Trashion Project was Kitten Carlisle:


My second was Puppy Rooney:


I cut out the embroidered part of a vintage pillowcase that my swap partner sent me and used that for the kitten and puppy faces...the rest is an amalgam of bits and pieces sent by my partner and what I already had on hand. Sure was fun making something out of "nothing". If you click on the links above - there are more pictures!

You can click here to see more work created as part of the Trashion Palchemy Project - it is quite diverse!

21 comments:

Miss Courageous said...

Your creations are adorable! Trashion rocks!

Peggradyart said...

Buttercup, these are too cute! You are a creative soul, that's for sure.

Carry on!

Make it work!

xoxo, Peg

kris said...

That is way cool!!

RedBessBonney said...

Very cute! :)

Beth said...

I've seen the term around Etsy and never knew what it meant. Very informative! Your cats are fantastic, what a great idea for a swap, it must have been fun.

youknowwhereyouarewith said...

Ultra cool! (Love the catchy names, too....)

photoadele said...

that is so cute and what a cool way to reuse items!

QuirkynBerkeley said...

What a pair of cutie patooties!

Shannon said...

May I say Trashion is right up your alley! p.s. 29 months closer to zbaby =)

Audelaine said...

your creations are fantastic. :) what a great way to reuse, recycle, re-love!

Tresijas said...

I love these!! Such a fun idea!

Kayce said...

CUTE! I'm off to etsy to check things out!

AlliesAdornments said...

Trashion definitely gives credence to the saying that "One man's junk is another man's treasure."
Wendiggity has got a great imagination!

FDChief said...

Very clever. You certainly have the Gift...

jk said...

i love this idea! good to see you are still around - and glad to see you found something fun to keep you busy!

davaeva said...

such great works! I too didnt know other people "trashioned" before I found this team! You inspire me! Keep up the great work!!

OH MY #6 said...

Love them!

Lea
xo

Anonymous said...

EXCELANT!

Shannon said...

Did Marlo find a home?

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

Hey girlfriend!I have not been by in a while and just wanted to stop in to say "hiya"! I am loving your Etsy creations. Isn't that site the best??? Your owls are my favorite. I am hoping that things speed up and hope you and Jzboy and doing great.

hugs,
Jonni

Cavatica said...

Very cool. I know someone who might be good at this.