Crispina ffrench's Profile
My work is inspired by my whole-hearted desire to make the world a healthier environ for all of us. Everything I make is constructed by hand and machine from recycled material. My material of choice is used clothing, - like the stuff you find at the Goodwill.
In 1987 – while a college student in Boston I began making and selling Ragamuffins to help pay my way through school. At the time I was hushed about the fact that my material was sourced at thrift shops. Once in a while a customer determined, by looking, that sweater cuffs, button plackets, shoulder seams, all played a role in aesthetic – all evidence of prior life. Often there would be a long pause, . . . . . followed by questions like “Are they CLEAN?” or body language of aversion.
Let me remind you that in 1987 recycling was not a household word – curbside recycling had not been initiated. In...
- Born on December 12
- Joined October 12, 2007