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SecretLentil

upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

Syracuse, New York · 1023 Sales

SecretLentil

upcycled reconstructed deconstructed eclectic clothing

Syracuse, New York 1023 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(762)

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Helen

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Announcement   Oh my goodness. I started selling upcycled clothes here in 2006, when the internet was still broadcast in black and white. Here's what I have right now. Also: some years back I ventured off to my own site, where I offer my handmade eclectic, one-of-a-kind, linen and wool and cotton and silk clothes. I'm all about the sweet spot where comfort and weirdness co-mingle joyfully. - helen

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Last updated on Aug 13, 2016

Oh my goodness. I started selling upcycled clothes here in 2006, when the internet was still broadcast in black and white. Here's what I have right now. Also: some years back I ventured off to my own site, where I offer my handmade eclectic, one-of-a-kind, linen and wool and cotton and silk clothes. I'm all about the sweet spot where comfort and weirdness co-mingle joyfully. - helen

Helen

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(762)
hippietchr

hippietchr on Oct 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful, soft, comfortable, whimsical tunic. The individual colors are combined in such an aesthetically pleasing manner that it is as though these fabrics were always meant to be together in one unified whole. Wonderful beyond words!

hippietchr

hippietchr on Oct 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

What an exceptionally exquisite work of art! The interplay of the various shades of teal, combined with the blue and periwinkle, is stunning, with every element coming together harmoniously in a dress that is simultaneously elegant and whimsical. The overall design of the piece is amazing--a curve-hugging bodice, complemented by a full, ruffle-hemmed skirt. Donning the dress immediately lifted my spirits and put a smile on my face. There is no possible way to feel cranky when wearing such a delightful and charming piece of artistry.

whiskeyish

whiskeyish on Oct 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

It's like a pod, but for my lower body. I am in love.

whiskeyish

whiskeyish on Oct 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This jacket is amazing. Ruffly, layer-y, perfect with my skirts and my tunics from SecretLentil.

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Many new upcycled pieces have been added to my shop. And later this week I'll have a cluster of sweaters up. Yay!

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What's she BUILDING in there? 20+ new listings, with a whole bunch more on the way.

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About

I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes ...

Hi, I'm Helen Carter. I'm a friendly freak - a minimalist with a strong absurdist streak who likes to make clothes that explore, blend, cross and possibly desecrate all the lines within those realms. I'm an artist, not a fashion designer. I sculpt clothes.

About the work: I like dour things with hidden punchlines. I like outrageously funny things with dark underbellies. I like turning one idea into one dress in one fell swoop, on a good day. I dream that my work could somehow emerge from - and exist outside of - the blip in time where we are stuck together. I love that idea even though I'm not sure exactly what it means. I also enjoy making jokes that no one gets. But mostly: I'm committed to the paradox of making meaningful clothing.

About the process: I sew intuitively, blending materials and techniques to suit my needs. I like deconstructing. I like exposing the process. I like to combine the sturdy with the raw. I embrace wabi sabi, even if that becomes a trendy thing to say. Right now I'm working in small themed batches of maybe a dozen or so pieces, made one at a time in my studio, then transformed by hand-dyeing down in my cool basement.

About you: I'm interested in pairing eccentricity with comfort for you. I'm interested in dressing women of all shapes and ages. I'm drawn to those of you who have strangers whisper "I wish I could get away with that" into your ear. I want you to get away with it. I want to propel you along on your path by helping you look the way you feel. I'm interested in sincere wildness and joining others who are exploring a deep, abiding wild authenticity.

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  • helen

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I make these things.

  • mike

    Photographer, Packer And Shipper, Shelf Putter-upper, Ledge Talker-downer

    I photograph these things.

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