Interview with Little Shiva

Shop name: The Visible Trash Gift Shop
Shop address:
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What draws you to using trashion materials?
I love trash. My mom got me started with thrift shops and dumpster diving as a kid and I haven't stopped in 45 years.

What trashion materials do you use?
I'm really against the use of plastic bags and do my shopping with re-useable ones, but the stuff always seems to pop up somewhere. So while I encourage people NOT to ask for the damn things when they go to the store, I do offer to take their collections of wadded-up plastic bags off their hands, and make stuff with that. I just found the most awesome trick ever on YouTube for cutting a plastic bag to make one continuous piece of plastic yarn:

Where do you find your Trashion inspirations?
In all the crap lying around that I want to make disappear, the world at large, and my own imagination. If I can put it on my head, that's good too.

Do you remember the first thing you made using the trashion concept?
Yes, a plastic bag tutu. I was inspired after meeting Judith Selby-Lang at
Burning Man. I came upon her and her husband a day after their wedding out
there, and was blown away by their little pick-up truck covered in white
plastic objects they collected at the beach. Read all about it on the page
called "Little Shiva plays with trash" at

What are your current projects and what is on the horizon?
I'm working on a giant spider web called THE WEB OF TRASH for my traveling trash expo which will launch in the summer of 2010 at a castle in the south of France. There's also a page about that on the site. The show is called VISIBLE TRASH, ART INTO ACTION.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Yes... I'm not crazy about the word "trashion" but I like people who make stuff from rejects and am happy to be on the team.

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zJayne said...

Nice to meet you!

This sounds so wonderful:

In the year 2010 at a Castle in the South of France!

Do tell us more when that event happens!

little shiva said...

You'll be hearing all about it! :–)

If anyone wants to join me on facebook, just type in "Little Shiva" and you'll see my PAGE (with an old red-haired picture of me) and my PROFILE (I use an orange as my icon). Come join me on both, but be sure to say you found me on the Etsy Trashion blog so I know who you are.

loneweever said...

I love all the free-thinkin' VARIETY of Little Shiva -- she makes some great crafty treasure.

auclairdelalune: recycled fabrics for human and habitat said...

Nice to meet you!