Reverse applique, designer Ts, handmade in PEI

Charlottetown, Canada


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Roxanne Delage

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Roxanne Delage

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Ragged Ts... The coolest T you'll every wear...

I am a multi-media artist, musician, and writer.
I began sewing at a very young age. My dear mother taught me. It is a skill that has served a practical and artistic use many, many times over, in my life, from mending my family’s clothing, to sewing large, industrial backdrops for a theatre company. Now I get to create these great Ts and travel to markets and fairs and such and meet cool people and get paid for my art… How great is that?!
Ragged Ts are handmade, designer t-shirts, using a reverse applique technique, fabricated from new (fair labour) and rescued (gently used) t-shirts, creating a vintage “raggedy” flavour to the pieces... Hence, “Ragged Ts.”
Drawing inspiration from my other passion - I am a singer/songwriter - my first designs were musical in nature (guitar, musical staff, drums… ) As with all my art, my line gradually grew from other influence - my love of animals, nature and travel, among others, and I’m certain, will continue to evolve and grow.
I use a traditional, reverse applique technique in a non-traditional application.
I first fuse a piece of recycled t-shirt material with the template design, inside the t-shirt, and machine stitch the outline. I then turn the shirt right-side out and cut the design away, revealing the piece inside…
For the body of the t-shirt, I use 100% cotton t-shirts from Gildan Canada (FLA accredited – Fair Labour Association; WRAP accredited – Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production; Top 50 - Canada’s Socially Responsible Corporations; Confidence in Textiles accreditation – Oeko-Tex Standard). For the applique, I use gently used (I like to call them rescued) t-shirts, which I purchase locally, at Value Village (proceeds of which go to the Canadian Diabetes Association) and Salvation Army Thrift Store.
All my t-shirts are designed and individually hand-made by me, personally, with love. They reflect my lifestyle and who I am as an artist and as a woman, from the graphics, to the colours, to the materials. I not only make them, I wear them… I have received great feedback on them since day one. Visit www.roxannedelage.com/ragged-ts, for more details.

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