“UPCYCLING is the new magic word of the design scene and THE sustainable trend right now – with creativity and skill, supposedly useless things and would-be trash are turned into new and unique items.”
The creative upcycling scene is a world-wide movement. HOB Charity Shops support the ideals of reusing, recycling and repurposing. Here we look at just a few local fabric artists embracing the trend in Vancouver. The inspiration for this blog came from Janna Hurtzig of Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere. She has developed a working relationship with the HOB; a valuable source for her recycled cashmere. She works her magic in her specially converted garage studio using industrial sewing machines.
Interview with Janna:
“I believe that as designers, it is important to consider our impact on the environment. This notion has led me to favour working with increasing amounts of recycled textiles. In my Winterluxe Recycled Cashmere line, I work with discarded cashmere exclusively to bridge the gap between high-end, luxury fabrics and green fashion. I work with various techniques to create products that look and feel brand new, yet utilize as much of the original sweater as possible. I have always had a love of thrifting, of “reimagining” things into something else. Initially it was finding cashmere sweaters that were no longer wearable that led me to trying my hand at making hats and scarves. Fingerless gloves were soon to follow and a collection was born. What had initially started as a fun seasonal add-on to another collection has become its own line and I work on this full time now.
I am very proud that my entire collection is made from recycled textiles. It is more time consuming to use recycled materials, but I enjoy the challenge of figuring out what to create from each garment that comes in. I have recycled hundreds of pounds of cashmere over the years, with a large amount coming from the HOB. Trying to find something as specific as cashmere can be a real challenge, so I am very thankful to have the HOB as a source. “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” is really true in this case. Not only does it benefit me to find my materials, it gives back to the HOB and the environment.”
Bianca Barr sources thrift stores for silk blouses which she upcycles with her custom printing techniques. She refers to her items as “reworked vintage clothing”.
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