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Kaleidoscope Coat

 A group of butterflies is called a Kaleidoscope.  The butterflies float up the back to the shoulder and a few have made it to the front.  This jacket is made from recycled jeans and scraps of lace and tapestry, then the butterflies were applied. The lining is new materials, and it is inner lined with fall-off pieces of drapery flannel inner lining. 

I like doing these coats so much I am planning to do a whole series. Until my stash of recyclable fabrics runs out.


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So much stuff.

I own RARE Resotoration in Brookline Village, and there are always interesting bits and pieces left over from projects... metal, glass, china, wood, electrical components, etc. There used to be various places where buckets of raw art-material could be donated, but now the only plce we know irf is Gateway Arts and we have more than they can handle. I wonder, when I have piles of things that ought not be recycled, but rather re-purposed, would this be a good place to post about it? For example: right now I have 5000+ discarded lamp scockets, plugs and switches just waiting for an artist with a vision. I fequently have mountains of small-bits scrap metal that could be turned into mini-droids or tee-pees or Aztek wariors, there's miles of wire, antique furniture components, door knobs, scrapwood etc. Let me know! 

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The collection of pillows for sale in my studio are made from the fall off and leftover scraps of home decor manufacturing. They are always unique in color and design, and being an upcycled product, in limited supply. This bohemian collection pictured features a variety of textures, colors and patterns. You can follow me on facebook

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Urban Garden Coat

8540610886?profile=RESIZE_710xThe model is my art studio neighbor, Gina. I made this coat from old, worn out, and stained jeans. The floral on the back and collar are the fall of from making curtains. Manufacturing soft good for interior designers creates a lot of waste fabric. I keep that waste and create new things with it. This coat is one example,  I also make "Market Bags", a medium size, lined tote bag. I love the challenge of working with scraps. My studio name is Smithology.

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