Announcement Reprendre, French for re-capture or re-work describes perfectly my creative experience. All of my items are handmade and one-of-a-kind and up-cycled from things that have been discarded in some way...sweaters, tee shirts, misc. clothing and linens, plastic shopping bags, feedbags and video tapes, as well as sewing notions and yarns. I do my best to use recycled packing for shipping, and I donate a portion of my sales to environmentally sustainable organizations. Let's keep the cycle going...it feels so good!
Reprendre, French for re-capture or re-work describes perfectly my creative experience. All of my items are handmade and one-of-a-kind and up-cycled from things that have been discarded in some way...sweaters, tee shirts, misc. clothing and linens, plastic shopping bags, feedbags and video tapes, as well as sewing notions and yarns. I do my best to use recycled packing for shipping, and I donate a portion of my sales to environmentally sustainable organizations. Let's keep the cycle going...it feels so good!
Anonymous on Jun 5, 2011
Thank you so much, it arrived quickly and my kitty loves it:)
Everything in life is part of a cycle
My name is Amrita Cottrell Jackson and I am the creator and owner of this shop and everything in it. I have spent many hours digging through piles of discarded items to find just the right resources for my creations. I thoroughly clean each item and deconstruct it into its basic form and then begin the creation process from there. It is time consuming, but somehow to me, it feels right to at least do my little part for the environment.
Have you ever considered how many resources it takes to create a piece of clothing or how long any one piece of clothing stays in someone's closet, or how bulky that item might be when it ends up in the landfill? Well I have.
Here are some interesting statistics.
1) On average each American discards 68 pounds of clothing each year, which amounts to 14.3 million tons or 5.7 percent of the total municipal solid waste (MSW) generation.
2) According to a 2009 study, Californians alone use 19 billion plastic bags every year.
I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get the picture.
All of my creations utilize items that otherwise would have ended up in the landfill. I love seeing how something that has had one use can live on in another way. I personally have had many careers in my life...sometimes I feel like a cat with nine lives. Maybe that is why I love what I am doing so much.
You can see from the pictures above a bit of how the process works. Instead of buying new materials to create, I deconstruct the materials I find and then reconstruct them into a different form...which is the quintessential definition of upcycling.
My studio is my sanctuary. My husband and I live in beautiful southern Oregon. Our home has a large daylight basement that has been transformed into my workspace. It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer so creativity is alive year-round. Half of the space is the inventory room and the other is the actual studio space where my inspirations arise and the creations are born.
If you can feel just a little of my passion for being gentle on our planet an enjoy my creations then I have been successful. If my vision inspires you, please pay it forward by sharing my work with others.
I love creating custom projects, so if you have an idea and/or some materials and you want me to create something for you, let me know.
Have a wonder-filled day.
Amrita (which means nectar of life)
Amrita Cottrell Jackson
One of my greatest joys is to take something that has "lost its use" and find its next creative expression. Please take a few moments and read the shop story to get a better idea of the philosophy behind my creations.
The notion of handmade is a broad one, especially now that Etsy has changed their policies.
I guarantee that things my shop are uniquely designed and handmade by me. I have always had a very vivid and active imagination, and I love the challenge of taking an idea that lives inside of my head and making it into something I can hold in my hands.
One of the great limitations of an internet store is that you can't touch the items until you buy them. I've had many people who come to a craft fair where I am selling my creations and say, "wow, I've seen your things on Etsy and they are so much better in person."
I know that I am not going to single-handedly change the world, but I am doing my part to keep things out of the landfill. That feels good to me. I hope you will consider supporting my re-made philosophy, and help support my work. After all, we are re-making ourselves every day.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Money Order
I also accept Etsy Gift Cards. You can purchase a Gift Card here: https://www.etsy.com/giftcards ***
Packages are shipped via USPS with a tracking number so that we can see the progress and successful completion of the shipping process.
Refunds and Exchanges
That being said, if you have already paid for an item and I have shipped it, there will be no cancellation or refund given. Under special circumstances, an exchange or return may be allowed, but not guaranteed.
The most important thing is for you to communicate with me, and we will work out a solution if something comes up.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have a favorite wool sweater or some other item that you can't wear anymore and you would like to see it in it's next incarnation, please let me work with you. If you have wool clothing or blankets that you want to get divest yourself of, please send me an email and we will discuss how you can send them to us to use in our classes where we teach people how to do what we do.