Ardis' Profile

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Welcome to Foundry Design. From my workshop in Evanston, Illinois, I produce clothing from original designs. I make each piece from recycled knits and fabrics I find in local thrift stores that support charitable causes, as well as from other sources. Like a foundry casting new objects from mixed metals, my aim is to produce beautiful things for you to wear from found materials – well-made, with distinctive detailing and craftsmanship you won’t find in mass-produced clothing, while we take better care of our world in the process.

I only use the best wools, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, angora and some blends in my designs, which hint at other cultures, travel and literature. By day, I am a freelance writer who covers business, as well as arts and culture for magazines. Also by day now (and some nights) I am turning 37 years of designing and making clothing into a second vocation. I love thick,…

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  • Female
  • Joined September 28, 2009

Favorite materials

Things from mother nature and the earth, natural fibers such as wool, silk, cotton, cashmere and alpaca, leather, suede, steel, semi precious stones and mother of pearl

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About

Welcome to Foundry Design. From my workshop in Evanston, Illinois, I produce clothing from original designs. I make each piece from recycled knits and fabrics I find in local thrift stores that support charitable causes, as well as from other sources. Like a foundry casting new objects from mixed metals, my aim is to produce beautiful things for you to wear from found materials – well-made, with distinctive detailing and craftsmanship you won’t find in mass-produced clothing, while we take better care of our world in the process.

I only use the best wools, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, angora and some blends in my designs, which hint at other cultures, travel and literature. By day, I am a freelance writer who covers business, as well as arts and culture for magazines. Also by day now (and some nights) I am turning 37 years of designing and making clothing into a second vocation. I love thick, luxurious sweaters that make you feel good when you wear them – styles you won’t see anywhere else that are distinguished by their cut, texture and color. I hand-felt many of the knits to create lusciously soft and substantial material. I also incorporate crochet and hand knits (from someone’s grandma) and other materials including suede, beads, semi-precious stones and mother-of-pearl buttons. These aren’t pieces you wear a year and throw away. Each is unique, in the true sense of the word, and something you’ll enjoy wearing for years to come.

I want you to be absolutely pleased with your Foundry purchase, so please read my shop policies before buying for size, payment and shipping info. And convo me with any questions!

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