trnka

original wearable art of upcycled natural fibers & zwd

Olympia, Washington

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Announcement    Live your artful life! I hand make all these items for comfort and style, combined to accentuate radiance. I offer them with love and gratitude for my blessed life. These clothes and elf slippers love to move and dance, and they are usually soft enough to sleep in. They are made to be lived in.
I upcycle fabrics to honor the life remaining in cast off textiles & clothing. Using only natural fibers, wool, cashmere, alpaca, angora, linen, silk, cotton, I prefer biodegradable fibers. I'm not fond of microplastics shed by synthetics. As a designer/maker I am committed to reducing textile waste, always aiming for zero waste design.
Washed to preshrink, everything deconstructed, I begin again, imagining new in combinations, constructing with care and attention to detail, intending long wearing pleasure!
Upcycling materials for my creations results in the majority of my goods are one of a kind. Sometimes things are similar or in a series. Elf slippers are standard sizes with patterns and colors ever changing. Mosaic patchwork is never cut from whole garments, instead use scrap accumulations. Many scarves are made from the bits and parts leftover from lining elf slippers with cashmere! Color sorted scrap bins help hold the creative chaos of this process in my studio.

If you have questions about anything you see here, please ask! I'd be happy to share more info. If you want a payment plan that could be possible!

Most things in my shop are READY to SHIP, via priority mail for domestic orders, first class for international mail. Made to order delivery times vary with my schedule and bookings.

Everything here is offered as a blessing for peace for all beings.

For more info about my life as a creatrix 'like' my facebook page: www.facebook.com/trnkacreations
I post most often these days on IG @trnkawear

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Last updated on Jan 24, 2021

Live your artful life! I hand make all these items for comfort and style, combined to accentuate radiance. I offer them with love and gratitude for my blessed life. These clothes and elf slippers love to move and dance, and they are usually soft enough to sleep in. They are made to be lived in.
I upcycle fabrics to honor the life remaining in cast off textiles & clothing. Using only natural fibers, wool, cashmere, alpaca, angora, linen, silk, cotton, I prefer biodegradable fibers. I'm not fond of microplastics shed by synthetics. As a designer/maker I am committed to reducing textile waste, always aiming for zero waste design.
Washed to preshrink, everything deconstructed, I begin again, imagining new in combinations, constructing with care and attention to detail, intending long wearing pleasure!
Upcycling materials for my creations results in the majority of my goods are one of a kind. Sometimes things are similar or in a series. Elf slippers are standard sizes with patterns and colors ever changing. Mosaic patchwork is never cut from whole garments, instead use scrap accumulations. Many scarves are made from the bits and parts leftover from lining elf slippers with cashmere! Color sorted scrap bins help hold the creative chaos of this process in my studio.

If you have questions about anything you see here, please ask! I'd be happy to share more info. If you want a payment plan that could be possible!

Most things in my shop are READY to SHIP, via priority mail for domestic orders, first class for international mail. Made to order delivery times vary with my schedule and bookings.

Everything here is offered as a blessing for peace for all beings.

For more info about my life as a creatrix 'like' my facebook page: www.facebook.com/trnkacreations
I post most often these days on IG @trnkawear

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About trnka

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On Etsy since 2008

Creative upcycling for a more beautiful world

After many years working in the fashion industry, reflecting on the wasteful and exploitative nature of the global fashion machine, I choose to return to my artisan roots and make clothing primarily from upcycled materials, finding beauty in discards, reclaiming textiles that have life left in them even if the "fashion" is outdated or damaged. I look for high quality natural fibers and build new cloth from scraps, playing with texture and color. Damage to original pieces is only a challenge to look at the potential in a different way. I avoid synthetic fabrics, knowing that with each laundering microplastics are shed and end up in our sacred waters of the world and thereby find their way into every living body.

After years of precision pattern-making for factory production my preference now is to make my creations with no pattern, to sculpt with cloth. Sometimes I start something thinking to make a particular thing and along the way it morphs and I end up making something entirely different. Custom orders are different and do require me to make patterns, so I keep my skills sharp along with my scissors.

I 've offered my work for sale in person at the Olympia Farmers Market since 2017. Folks in my community come see me for custom clothing after answering my "Clothing of your Dreams" questionnaire. I enjoy working with textiles that are meaningful to the individual, bringing new life to treasured pieces no longer worn or received from beloved family members no longer with us. My intention is to create clothing with integrity, to support folks in expressing their essence with high quality clothing wearable for years to come.

Shop members

  • Shari Trnka

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Making clothing since I was a young child, I’ve had many different incarnations in my life as a clothier but have always made my living this way. What’s shown here are truly works of my hands and heart. Creation makes my heart sing.

  • Nonnina

    Assistant

    Life is better with puppets.

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