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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…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 12
  • Joined October 12, 2007

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recycled clothing, natural fibers, wool, old buttons, anything discarded that seems to have life left in it

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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 1983, Massachusetts, where I grew up, introduced ‘the bottle bill’ paying five cents for each carbonated beverage bottle returned. This made a whole lotta sense to me.

A year after graduating from college, selling Ragamuffins at a single store in Cambridge, MA and peddling them at music events out of a back-pack, had turned into a viable business. I suddenly found myself employing 40 people without a stitch of business experience. We could not produce fast enough to meet demand with my business doubling in sales volume annually for the first 5 years.
Wholesale production followed in a more manageable way until 2008.

Fast Forward:
February 17, 2011
Recycling is commonly seen as human obligation (at long last).
Municipalities require trash separation, recycle bins don every curbside across this grand land of the free and home of the brave.
People are ‘getting’ it. Environmentalism is no longer seen as hippyish or weird.
Lots of people recycling giving new life to discarded wool sweaters (Yay!).
I no longer run a production company and spend my days making the items you find here and teaching workshops called Chop Shops educating and empowering students with simple tools and accessible materials.

I have a simple website worth a visit here is a link: www.crispina.com
You can ‘like’ my business on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=39601876&ref=nf#/pages/Crispina/32414163072?ref=ts where you will find monthly free give-aways and all sorts of other fun information and conversations to share.

Thank you for your interest in my shop ~ together we can create planetary nirvana.

Crispina ffrench

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