Yesterday, I stopped by The Future Perfect on Great Jones Street to see the wonderful world of Donna Wilson, winner of the 2010 British Designer of the Year award. Ms.Wilson creates the most wonderful knitted creatures, as well as textiles, hats, scarves, ceramics, pillows, and furniture. It was all so lovely and the kind of work that brings a smile to your face and just makes you happy.
I never expected it would happen to me, but I think spending so much time with Jenny has started to rub of on me. For the first time ever, I want to knit things. Jenny had a few of us over her apartment last night for craft night. Four of us were knitting and Jennifer S. was doing needlepoint. With the help of Jenny’s talented intern, Lissa, I started my first project – a chunky, multi-colored, multi-textured scarf that I am super excited about. I picked it up pretty easily and I must say, I really enjoyed it. It’s so relaxing and meditative. Like a great book, I’m anxious to see the results, but don’t know that I want it to end. I’ll post the final piece whenever I finish it.
Today I wore a set of recycled rubber bracelets that I bought at a really great gift shop in Maine called Rock Paper Scissors. We stopped there on our long drive back from Pop!Tech a couple of weeks ago. The shop owner told me a bit about the bracelets, but I wanted to know more, so I searched and found the company here. These bracelets are made by women in Mali and providing them with a viable means of support. They are sold to raise funds for L’Empire des Enfants, a school for homeless children in Senegal. I love what they do and it is so nice to know you are directly supporting people in need when you purchase their products.
Every bag we make at reMade USA is made by hand. Patterns have to be altered regularly to work with the cut of the jacket. It is a very thoughtful process and it means that every bag made is unique, beyond the jackets details. I often cannot visualize exactly how it will turn out until it is almost done.
Through this extremely edited-down photo journal, I want people to think about the amount of work that goes into making a bag… or a dress or a pair of jeans for that matter. There are many steps, especially if the piece is not mass produced. No two jackets that I find are alike. Each one must be deconstructed and design decisions must be made.
I’ve just completed my first couple of reMade home accessories. So far, I have leather scrap patchwork throw pillows and cube ottomans. I’m so happy with the result that I’m keeping my samples on display in my home.
I’ve found an amazing studio space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, right next to McCarren park. The studio is in a beautiful space owned by artists and filled with vibrant, creative energy. My neighbors include Odette NY jewelry, Wiksten handmade clothes, Fay Andrada handmade jewelry, Nicolette Camille floral design.
photos by Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette.