My ideas about recycled fashion began at
a very young age when I began making a “fur” coat for my Barbie doll
out of a tan sweatshirt, mimicking the hip sheepskin coats popular at
Growing up in
rural upstate New York in a pretty little town called Ithaca, I
considered myself very lucky to have my mom and Grandma Shockey who
were ahead of there time recycling of all kinds of fabric scraps,
buttons and lace. I am equally grateful for my Dad and his mom, Grandma
Marshall, who crocheted handmade lace.
Shockey showed me how to turn torn stockings and old t-shirts into
beautiful brand new crocheted rugs. In Grandmother’s day, she made her
daughter’s dresses from printed flour sacks and quilts made from dairy
farm milk strainers.
was taught to sew by my mother, a fabulous Tailor. My creativity was
opened up by my mother’s continuous demonstrations of awesome design
and versatility with different fabrics in making the family’s best