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It happened while I was making clothing for my Barbie out of toilet paper. Too young for scissors, I had torn a hole for her head and was trying to join the side seams with a stapler when I hit my finger. The staple entered one side and came out the other side of my tiny fingernail. The housekeeper picked me up and ran across the back field to a neighbor who was a doctor. This early childhood story illustrates my innate desire to create and also foreshadows many finger-stabbings that I have willingly suffered in a life-long quest of craft.

My creativity and experimentation was not limited to garments, however. I made mud dolls and laid them in the sun to dry: soon discovering the difference between mud and clay. In school, I was always the one chosen to decorate the bulletin boards. Mother told me that each day, as I walked home from school, I’d stop at every house on the…

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  • Joined September 16, 2010

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fabric, yarn, thread, wire, beads, stones, trims, recycled materials and vintage and found objects

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It happened while I was making clothing for my Barbie out of toilet paper. Too young for scissors, I had torn a hole for her head and was trying to join the side seams with a stapler when I hit my finger. The staple entered one side and came out the other side of my tiny fingernail. The housekeeper picked me up and ran across the back field to a neighbor who was a doctor. This early childhood story illustrates my innate desire to create and also foreshadows many finger-stabbings that I have willingly suffered in a life-long quest of craft.

My creativity and experimentation was not limited to garments, however. I made mud dolls and laid them in the sun to dry: soon discovering the difference between mud and clay. In school, I was always the one chosen to decorate the bulletin boards. Mother told me that each day, as I walked home from school, I’d stop at every house on the block and go through their garbage, dragging home treasures to make things out of. I remember the excitement of finding a discarded clock which I dismantled for its parts. My favorite Christmas gift was a paint set and pad of paper, and to this day I find a world of hope tingles in the potentiality of the blank page.

When I was 10, we went to Europe and I delighted in the art and architecture of 6 countries. The British Museum had an amazing exhibit of gear driven machines and the most dazzling fine gems I have ever seen. My mother exposed me to culture – a love we shared – and sent me to ballet, music, and art classes. I studied art history and was exposed to many mediums: drawing, photography and videography, printmaking, ceramics, metal sculpting, sewing and embroidery, to name a few. I was a 15 year old in her handmade hippie dress swinging a 30lb metal grinder from her hip. I just love making stuff.

So many years later, and I am still that girl who sees ‘garbage’ as raw materials full of potential. I have always said, “You cannot throw things away… there is no such place.” And yet we continue to live as if every bit of trash magically vanishes the instant it leaves our fingertips. What seemed shamefully wasteful to me as a child is now horribly irresponsible and a threat to all life on earth, including humans. This is why I am committed to living/working as sustainably as possible. I use recycled and vintage materials in my work, and recycled and compostable packaging.

I also love beautiful textiles, quality materials, and expert technique. My studio is full of fabric, yarns, threads, beads, stones, trims and treasures from around the world which I have collected over the years and use in my art and craft. I love to combine these beauties with less precious materials and found objects. I think the juxtaposition speaks to who I am and my perception of the feminine – girly with grit.

Thank you, dear viewer, for your interest in my creations – it would be so lonely if my work spoke to no one else. I put my All into every piece and am so thankful that people appreciate the quality of my work. It is a joy to share it in this wonderful venue with other such amazing talent.

Thank you, Etsy shopper, for your support of artisans and for buying handmade, vintage and/or recycled. It is people like you who will ensure the life and wellbeing of future generations. And you’ll look so cool while doing it!

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www.JeanineFinds.etsy.com

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