Tuesday, 1 September 2009

recycling


Way back when I first graduated from my MA in textiles and was looking for employment, I whiled away my days cutting up and embroidering old jumpers or making them into toys. This week I have found myself pining for that theraputic activity and with a good three boxes of old woollen jumpers which I just cannot resist accumulating, I thought it was about time I did something with them. Here are some of the fruits of my labour;
I have gotten a little bit obsessed with bows in these, but hey, who doesn't love a bow?! The pink jumper is cashmere, bought in a little shop in San Francisco, from which I could've filled whole suitcases with buttery soft second hand cashmere goodies.
Well, the current climate is calling for sustainability and recycling, and these jumpers fit the brief, which is just as well, as now I have way too many bow-laden woollies to wear myself!
I shall pop them on my website when it has undergone its revamp later this month, and in the meantime will be hauling a pile of them to the We Make London fair this weekend.

6 comments:

anji-jane said...

these are really inspired! x

claire montgomerie said...

thank you :)

Mrs. Lear said...

I love your kiosk by the Thames! I wish so badly I could visit! I also love the squares afghan in your photo. My sister saw one in a book and I have decided to put together a kit for her. I will be sure to include some aqua - that little bit of aqua at your left shoulder is my favorite! Annhb

claire montgomerie said...

thank you! I love that throw too, unfortunately I didn't make it, but it was one of those times when instead of thinking, 'oh i won't buy it, i can make it', I thought, 'sod it, the colours are amazing, I am buyin it!!' I hope your sister loves it.

Georgina said...

I almost champ at the bit for jumpers in this household to get felty! There is something virtuous and yet challenging about reforming textiles, be it the ringlet noodles of an unravelled garment, or the vamping of garments as you have done so beautifully. Yay to bows!!!

claire montgomerie said...

thanks georgina, I love how you have put into words so eloquently what I love about playing with woolly jumpers!