trnka

original wearable art of upcycled natural fibers

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Note from shop owner My shop closed is while I'm building inventory for my twice weekly in person market at the Olympia Farmers Market in Olympia Washington. When I catch up and have capacity to ship again I will reopen. Meanwhile, find me on IG @trnkawear
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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Nov 8, 2022

My shop closed is while I'm building inventory for my twice weekly in person market at the Olympia Farmers Market in Olympia Washington. When I catch up and have capacity to ship again I will reopen. Meanwhile, find me on IG @trnkawear
Blessings!

Shari Trnka

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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 from upcycled materials. My work is finding beauty in discards, reclaiming textiles that have life left in them even if the "fashion" is outdated or damaged.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. And clothing designed and constructed in this way is intended to be patched and mended artfully over time, becoming more original as you use and tend the pieces.
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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Last updated on Jan 24, 2021

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