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Velga Krukovska -- Latvia

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

  • Modern

  • Minimalism

  • Contemporary

  • Linear

  • Sweater Seaming

  • Knits

  • Sweater Upcycling

  • Clothing Upcycle

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Velga Krukovska

Rezekne, Latvia

 

 

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VelgaCode

 

Etsy: VelgaCode
Instagram: VelgaKrukovska
Facebook: VelgaCode
Facebook Group: BestWearableUpcycles

Velgas's Creations & Interview - 11/2/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

Since I was a child. My first customer was my only doll.

How did you get started in Upcycling /Refashioning?

As I said before I did it for my only doll. I grew up in an disadvantaged family, clothes were rarely bought. I refashioned my mom`s clothes for myself which she did not wear for a long time

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

I want to prove that sustainable fashion is viable and exciting. I love the idea that I can give second life to useless, unfashionable things and I`m really worried about our planet ecological situation and well-known that new clothing production is harmful for it.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

Dresses and skirts. Only woman can to wear them, femininity has great power.

 

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Everything that inspires and make motivated to do with it something cool.

What was your favorite project?

I love all my projects, each in its own time. Maybe black and green sweater-coat that I created within my collection "Imago"

I like to describer my Upcycling as:

The main thing is that it is wearable and suits my taste. It depends on raw material/garment, I`m very flexible.

Thank You Velga for sharing your creations with us!

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Monica Dutu -- Romania

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

Textiles

Wearables

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I use:

  • Casual, Comfortable
  • 'Out of the Box'

  • Children's Clothing

  • Children's Costumes

  • Baby Clothing

Monica Dutu

Bucharest, Romania

Monaveverita

Website: Monaveverita

Monica's Creations & Interview  12/16/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

I started to sew in highschool, at the age of 14 , shortening my pants and hemming.

How long have you been sewing?

30 years

How did you get started in Upcycling /Refashioning?

Initially I have to shortening my jeans and small reshape some dresses. After few months I wanted unique clothes and I experimented patterns from magazines. Some of them was failed but was a good experience.

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

I have a big stack of clothes from my mother, with very good quality of fabric, nice colors and memories. This pieces deserves new happy life. 2. Relaxing and satisfying hobby.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

Pants for the boy, skirts and dresses for the girl. Kids are very happy and proud of they're mother's creations.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Everything is partially worn or fashion obsolete. It's easy to sew linen but I see a challenge in each type of fabric. Some times I win, some times I learn.

What was your favorite project?

Hard to tell! All my projects are made with love. I try different ideas depending on the materials available. I don't like routine. Still this tractor costume had a long story and the results surprising even for me. https://monaveverita.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/costum-de-tractor-pentru-halloween/

I like to describe my Upcycling as:

Casual, comfortable, useful, home wear, kids costumes, experiments, unique, "out of the box"

Thank You Monica for sharing your creations with us!

Please Note: All Answers and Photos are Submitted by the Artist. Permission to use any information or photos must be requested from the individual themselves.

 

Karoline Dahrling Hughes -- Denmark

Textiles

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I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

  • Colorful
  • Simple
  • Contemporary
  • Dresses
  • Pattern Mixing

Karoline Dahrling Hughes

Hjoerring, Denmark

SkandiMama

 

Website: SkandiMama

Instagram: karoline.skandimama

Youtube: SkandiMama

Facebook.com: Skandimama.Karoline

Karoline's Creations & Interview  12/13/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

I have been upcycling since I was 13 years old. It was simply much cheaper to buy thrifted clothes than new fabric when learning to sew.

How long have you been sewing?

Since I was 11 years old. I used my mother´s sewing machine and then when I was 13 my nan gave me her old sewing machine. I have sewed ever since.

How did you get started in Upcycling /Refashioning?

It started because I had the coolest cousin who showed me the joy of second hand shops, since then I have worked in different second handclothes sorting plants, so I also had an easy access to a lot of fun stuff to make from.

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

The first answer was for the financial reasons, because we have asome really cheap and good thrift shops here where I live. But I also hate to think of all the clothing just ending in landfills and how so many people are so stuck with what they wear. I like to challenge that by using second hand stuff when creating my own wardrobe.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

Clothes that I feel comfortable and beautiful in, and that represents my personality with a bit of a fun edge.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Duvet covers are so big. so I love that you can treat them like normal fabric. Apart from that, I have made the most things from scarves. I have so many cool scarf tops and dresses. I always love them and how fun they are to make. https://skandimama.com/scarf-refashioning-bonanza/

What was your favorite project?

A one hour sew along LIVE for a sustainability workshop. It showed me how much I could make in an hour. Even though I normally like to take a bit more time. https://skandimama.com/upcycling-challenge/

I like to describe my Upcycling as:

Colorful and simple.

Thank You Karoline for sharing your creations with us!

Please Note: All Answers and Photos are Submitted by the Artist. Permission to use any information or photos must be requested from the individual themselves.

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